Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Jul 19, 2016

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 30%   23% 50% 17% 17%   31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39%
Tony Abbott 9%   6% 13% 4% 11%   18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9%
Julie Bishop 16%   16% 17% 20% 18%   4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12%
Christopher Pyne 3%   3% 1% 1% 8%   <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Scott Morrison 3%   2% 5% 2% 5%   1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2%
Someone else 19%   27% 5% 25% 27%   19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15%
Don’t know 21%   22% 10% 31% 15%   21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21%

 30% (down 9% since March) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 16% prefer Julie Bishop (up 4%) and 9% prefer Tony Abbott (no change). 19% (up 4%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 50% (down 3%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 13% (down 4%) prefer Tony Abbott and 17% (up 6%) Julie Bishop.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 31% (-12%), Tony Abbott 9% (-3%) and Julie Bishop 17% (+9%).

Preferences of women were Malcolm Turnbull 28% (-7%), Julie Bishop 15% (-2%) and Tony Abbott 8% (+2%).

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