Essential Report

Approval of Government Ministers

Dec 6, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers?

  Total approve Total dis-approve   Strongly approve Approve Dis-approve Strongly dis-approve Don’t know   Net score Net LNP voters
Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs 52% 23% 18% 34% 12% 11% 25% +29 +66
Christopher Pyne – Defence Industry 35% 34% 7% 28% 16% 18% 32% +1 +55
Barnaby Joyce – Deputy Prime Minister 34% 33% 7% 27% 18% 15% 33% +1 +48
Greg Hunt – Industry, Innovation and Science 28% 27% 5% 23% 14% 13% 46% +1 +43
Peter Dutton – Immigration and Border Protection 33% 35%   11% 21% 15% 20% 32% -2 +47
Scott Morrison – Treasurer 33% 36% 6% 27% 18% 18% 31% -3 +50
George Brandis – Attorney General 26% 34% 4% 22% 14% 20% 40% -8 +32

 Of the Government Ministers listed, Julie Bishop has the best approval rating by a considerable margin (52% approve/23% disapprove). Opinions are almost evenly divided on all other ministers except George Brandis with 26% approve/34% disapprove.

Among Liberal/National voters, approval ranges from 75% for Julie Bishop to 49% for George Brandis.

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