Essential Report

Best leader of the Labor Party

Jul 19, 2016

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Labor Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016
Bill Shorten 27%   51% 16% 19% 15%   16% 13% 15%
Anthony Albanese 11%   11% 13% 10% 14%   12% 14% 14%
Tanya Plibersek 12%   12% 12% 23% 15%   13% 14% 14%
Chris Bowen 3%   2% 4% 3% 5%   5% 3% 7%
Someone else 17%   6% 22% 12% 29%   18% 17% 18%
Don’t know 30%   17% 34% 33% 22%   36% 38% 32%

 27% (up 12% since March) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 12% (down 2%) prefer Tanya Plibersek and 11% (down 3%) Anthony Albanese. 17% prefer someone else and 30% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 51% (up 24%) prefer Bill Shorten, 12% (-3%) Tanya Plibersek and 11% (-6%) Anthony Albanese.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 29% (+11%), Tanya Plibersek 14% (+4%) and Anthony Albanese 13% (-4%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 25% (+13%), Tanya Plibersek 11% (-7%) and Anthony Albanese 9% (-2%).

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