Essential Report

Approval of Bill Shorten

Aug 9, 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 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016
Total approve 37%   67% 20% 41% 23%   31% 35% 27% 27% 34% 39%
Total disapprove 41%   15% 64% 36% 64%   27% 39% 47% 47% 40% 41%
Strongly approve 7%   17% 2% 4%   5% 7% 4% 3% 7% 11%
Approve 30%   50% 18% 37% 23%   26% 28% 23% 24% 27% 28%
Disapprove 23%   13% 29% 28% 36%   17% 23% 26% 29% 22% 21%
Strongly disapprove 18%   2% 35% 8% 28%   10% 16% 21% 18% 18% 20%
Don’t know 22%   18% 16% 23% 13%   43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 20%

37% (down 2% in last 4 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 41% (no change) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -2 to -4.

67% (down 11%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 15% (up 5%) disapprove.

42% of men and 32% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 43% of men and 39% of women disapprove.

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