Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Mar 7, 2017

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

  Total   Vote
ALP
Vote Lib/Nat Vote
GRN
Vote other   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 20% 18% 36% 15% 8% 31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30% 21%
Tony Abbott 10% 8% 15% 2% 12% 18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9% 11%
Julie Bishop 17% 18% 19% 15% 18% 4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16% 20%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2%
Scott Morrison 2% 1% 3% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3%
Peter Dutton 2% 1% 2% 1% 4%
Someone else 18% 25% 6% 32% 25% 19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19% 18%
Don’t know 28% 27% 17% 34% 29% 21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21% 25%

20% (down 1% since November) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 17% prefer Julie Bishop (down 3%) and 10% prefer Tony Abbott (down 1%). 18% (no change) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (no change) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 19% (down 1%) Julie Bishop and 15% (down 4%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 22% (-3%), Julie Bishop 16% (-3%) and Tony Abbott 13% (no change).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 19% (-3%), Malcolm Turnbull 19% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 7% (-2%).

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