Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Aug 1, 2017

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

  Total   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016 Mar 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 25%   31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30% 21% 20%
Tony Abbott 10%   18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9% 11% 10%
Julie Bishop 20%   4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16% 20% 17%
Christopher Pyne 3%   <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Scott Morrison 2%   1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2%
Peter Dutton 3%                   2%
Someone else 13%   19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19% 18% 18%
Don’t know 25%   21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21% 25% 28%

 

  Total   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016 Mar 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 25%   31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30% 21% 20%
Tony Abbott 10%   18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9% 11% 10%
Julie Bishop 20%   4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16% 20% 17%
Christopher Pyne 3%   <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Scott Morrison 2%   1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2%
Peter Dutton 3%                   2%
Someone else 13%   19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19% 18% 18%
Don’t know 25%   21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21% 25% 28%

 25% (up 5% since March) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 20% prefer Julie Bishop (up 3%) and 10% prefer Tony Abbott (no change). 13% (down 5%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 40% (up 4%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 19% (no change) Julie Bishop and 13% (down 2%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 29% (+7%), Julie Bishop 18% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 12% (-1%).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 21% (+2%), Malcolm Turnbull 20% (+1%) and Tony Abbott 8% (+1%).

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