Essential Report

Approval of Bill Shorten

Jan 17, 2017

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 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016
Total approve 37%   66% 23% 38% 13%   31% 35% 27% 27% 34% 36% 37% 34% 35%
Total disapprove 44%   19% 62% 35% 70%   27% 39% 47% 47% 40% 41% 40% 43% 38%
Strongly approve 7%   14% 3% 6% 3%   5% 7% 4% 3% 7% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Approve 30%   52% 20% 32% 10%   26% 28% 23% 24% 27% 30% 32% 28% 29%
Disapprove 25%   15% 30% 30% 34%   17% 23% 26% 29% 22% 24% 23% 26% 21%
Strongly disapprove 19%   4% 32% 5% 36%   10% 16% 21% 18% 18% 17% 17% 17% 17%
Don’t know 20%   16% 15% 27% 17%   43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 22% 22% 23% 25%

37% (up 2% in last 5 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 44% (up 6%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -3 to -7.

66% (up 4%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 19% (up 3%) disapprove.

39% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 48% of men and 40% of women disapprove.

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