Essential Report

Approval of Turnbull replacing Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party

Nov 1, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Malcolm Turnbull replacing Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sept

2015

TOTAL Approve 49%   54% 58% 55% 29%   58%
TOTAL Disapprove 29%   29% 28% 17% 45%   24%
Strongly approve 14%   16% 18% 18% 5%   25%
Approve 35%   39% 41% 37% 24%   33%
Disapprove 19%   18% 20% 14% 27%   14%
Strongly disapprove 10%   11% 7% 4% 19%   10%
Don’t know 22%   17% 14% 28% 26%   18%

Just under half (49%) approve of Malcom Turnbull replacing Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party. This is a drop of -9% since September 2015, where 58% approved.

There is surprisingly little difference between the main voter groups; 54% of Labor, 58% of Lib/Nat and 55% of Greens voters approve. However, just 29% of ‘other’ voters approve of Malcom Turnbull replacing Tony Abbott.

There were no significant differences based on age or gender.

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