Essential Report

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Mar 15, 2016

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
Malcolm Turnbull 39%   31% 53% 40% 26%   31% 24% 24% 37% 42%
Tony Abbott 9%   5% 17% 1% 11%   18% 11% 18% 9% 9%
Julie Bishop 12%   17% 11% 16% 9%   4% 21% 17% 14% 13%
Christopher Pyne 1%   2% 1% 1%   <1% <1% 1% 1% 2%
Scott Morrison 2%   2% 4% 1% 4%   1% 2% 3% 4% 2%
Someone else 15%   23% 5% 23% 24%   19% 13% 13% 10% 9%
Don’t know 21%   21% 95 20% 25%   21% 24% 22% 21% 22%

39% (down 3% since December) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 12% prefer Julie Bishop (down 1%) and 9% prefer Tony Abbott (no change). 15% (up 6%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 53% (down 4%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 17% (up 3%) prefer Tony Abbott and 11% (down 3%) Julie Bishop.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 43% (-3%), Tony Abbott 12% (+1%) and Julie Bishop 8% (-2%).

Preferences of women were Malcolm Turnbull 35% (-3%), Julie Bishop 17% (+1%) and Tony Abbott 6% (-2%).

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