Essential Report

Approval of Bill Shorten

May 31, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015 Jan 2016 Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 17 May 2016
Total approve 34%   66% 21% 32% 22%   31% 35% 27% 27% 27% 27% 30% 34%
Total disapprove 44%   18% 67% 37% 55%   27% 39% 47% 47% 48% 47% 44% 43%
Strongly approve 7% 16% 3% 7% 2% 5% 7% 4% 4% 5% 3% 5% 6%
Approve 27% 50% 18% 25% 20% 26% 28% 23% 23% 22% 24% 25% 28%
Disapprove 26% 16% 32% 26% 33% 17% 23% 26% 28% 26% 29% 22% 26%
Strongly disapprove 18% 2% 35% 11% 22% 10% 16% 21% 19% 22% 18% 22% 17%
Don’t know 23% 17% 12% 31% 23% 43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 26% 25% 23%

34% (no change in last 2 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 44% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -9 to -10.

66% (up 2%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 18% (up 3%) disapprove.

36% of men and 32% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 49% of men and 38% of women disapprove.

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