Essential Report

Best leader of the Labor Party

Nov 15, 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 Jul 2016
Bill Shorten 17%   37% 8% 15% 9%   16% 13% 15% 27%
Anthony Albanese 12%   14% 12% 13% 16%   12% 14% 14% 11%
Tanya Plibersek 14%   16% 12% 22% 14%   13% 14% 14% 12%
Chris Bowen 4%   2% 5% 1% 7%   5% 3% 7% 3%
Tony Burke 2%   1% 4% 6% 2%  
Someone else 18%   10% 26% 11% 29%   18% 17% 18% 17%
Don’t know 32%   21% 34% 32% 22%   36% 38% 32% 30%

 17% (down 10% since July) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 14% (up 2%) prefer Tanya Plibersek and 12% (up 1%) Anthony Albanese. 18% prefer someone else and 32% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 37% (down 14%) prefer Bill Shorten, 16% (up 4%) Tanya Plibersek and 14% (up 3%) Anthony Albanese.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 19% (-10%), Anthony Albanese 16% (+3%) and Tanya Plibersek 13% (-1%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 16% (-9%), Tanya Plibersek 14% (+3%) and Anthony Albanese 9% (no change).

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