Essential Report

Best leader of the Labor Party

Mar 7, 2017

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 Nov 2016
Bill Shorten 21%   46% 12% 18% 6%   16% 13% 15% 27% 17%
Anthony Albanese 11%   10% 12% 7% 16%   12% 14% 14% 11% 12%
Tanya Plibersek 13%   16% 14% 15% 9%   13% 14% 14% 12% 14%
Chris Bowen 3%   3% 3% 1% 6%   5% 3% 7% 3% 4%
Tony Burke 2%   2% 2% 3% 2%   2%
Someone else 16%   7% 19% 22% 24%   18% 17% 18% 17% 18%
Don’t know 35%   17% 38% 34% 36%   36% 38% 32% 30% 32%

21% (up 4% since November) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 13% (down 1%) prefer Tanya Plibersek and 11% (down 1%) Anthony Albanese. 16% prefer someone else and 35% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 46% (up 9%) prefer Bill Shorten, 13% (down 3%) Tanya Plibersek and 10% (down 4%) Anthony Albanese.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 24% (+5%), Anthony Albanese 13% (-3%) and Tanya Plibersek 12% (-1%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 18% (+2%), Tanya Plibersek 13% (-1%) and Anthony Albanese 8% (-1%).

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