Essential Report

Approval of Bill Shorten

May 13, 2014

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

12 Nov 2013

10 Dec

14 jan 2014

11 Mar

8 April

Total approve

35%

63%

17%

34%

27%

31%

39%

35%

32%

34%

Total disapprove

37%

11%

64%

35%

44%

27%

31%

32%

39%

38%

Strongly approve

6%

14%

1%

2%

3%

5%

7%

5%

4%

6%

Approve

29%

49%

16%

32%

24%

26%

32%

30%

28%

28%

Disapprove

19%

10%

26%

29%

23%

17%

19%

20%

24%

22%

Strongly disapprove

18%

1%

38%

6%

21%

10%

12%

12%

15%

16%

Don’t know

28%

27%

19%

32%

29%

43%

31%

32%

29%

28%

37% of Australians disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader. 35% approve.

These figures are not significantly different from the last time this question was asked, in April 2014.

63% of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing. Just 11% disapprove. Lib/Nat voters were less likely to approve (17%) and more likely to disapprove (64%). Greens voters were split with 34% approving and 35% disapproving.

35% of both males and females approve of Bill Shorten. 48% of males and 46% of females disapprove.

Those aged 30-55 were the most likely to approve (37%), with those aged under 30 (31%) and those aged 55+ (32%) less likely. Those aged under 30 were also far more likely to select ‘don’t know’ (45%). 55% of those aged 55+ disapprove.

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