Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Nov 15, 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 Jul 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 21% 19% 36% 12% 10% 31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30%
Tony Abbott 11% 6% 19% 4% 13% 18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9%
Julie Bishop 20% 20% 20% 33% 22% 4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 2% 5% 3% <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3%
Scott Morrison 3% 2% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3%
Someone else 18% 23% 7% 17% 36% 19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19%
Don’t know 25% 29% 12% 28% 14% 21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21%

 21% (down 9% since July) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 20% prefer Julie Bishop (up 4%) and 11% prefer Tony Abbott (up 2%). 18% (down 1%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (down 14%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 20% (up 3%) Julie Bishop and 19% (up 6%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 25% (-6%), Julie Bishop 19% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 13% (+4%).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 22% (+7%), Malcolm Turnbull 17% (-11%) and Tony Abbott 9% (+1%).

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