Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Sep 22, 2015

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

Total

Male

Female

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Jun 2014

Feb 2015

Aug 2015

Malcolm Turnbull

37%

44%

30%

38%

47%

41%

20%

31%

24%

24%

Tony Abbott

9%

10%

8%

7%

14%

1%

12%

18%

11%

18%

Joe Hockey

2%

2%

3%

2%

4%

1%

1%

6%

5%

3%

Julie Bishop

14%

11%

17%

19%

10%

18%

17%

4%

21%

17%

Christopher Pyne

1%

2%

1%

2%

1%

1%

<1%

<1%

1%

Scott Morrison

4%

5%

4%

2%

8%

1%

3%

1%

2%

3%

Someone else

10%

9%

11%

11%

4%

16%

29%

19%

13%

13%

Don’t know

21%

17%

26%

20%

12%

21%

19%

21%

24%

22%

37% (up 13% since August) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 14% prefer Julie Bishop (down 3%) and 9% prefer Tony Abbott (down 9%).

Among Liberal/National voters, 47% (up 26%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 14% (down 27%) prefer Tony Abbott and 10% (down 7%) Julie Bishop.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 44% (+14%), Tony Abbott 10% (-11%) and Julie Bishop 11% (no change). Preferences of women were Malcolm Turnbull 30% (+12%), Julie Bishop 17% (-5%) and Tony Abbott 8% (-7%).

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