Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Dec 8, 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

Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull

42%

46%

38%

38%

57%

37%

20%

31%

24%

24%

37%

Tony Abbott

9%

11%

8%

4%

14%

2%

21%

18%

11%

18%

9%

Joe Hockey

na

6%

5%

3%

2%

Julie Bishop

13%

10%

16%

15%

14%

16%

13%

4%

21%

17%

14%

Christopher Pyne

2%

2%

2%

4%

1%

<1%

<1%

1%

1%

Scott Morrison

2%

3%

1%

1%

3%

3%

2%

1%

2%

3%

4%

Someone else

9%

9%

10%

14%

2%

16%

15%

19%

13%

13%

10%

Don’t know

22%

20%

25%

24%

9%

25%

29%

21%

24%

22%

21%

42% (up 5% since September) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 13% prefer Julie Bishop (down 1%) and 9% prefer Tony Abbott (no change)

Among Liberal/National voters, 57% (up 10%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 14% (no change) prefer Tony Abbott and 14% (up 4%) Julie Bishop.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 46% (+2%), Tony Abbott 11% (+1%) and Julie Bishop 10% (-1%). Preferences of women were Malcolm Turnbull 38% (+8%), Julie Bishop 16% (-1%) and Tony Abbott 8% (no change).

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