Essential Report

Better Prime Minister

May 13, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

8 April

Tony Abbott

36%

4%

81%

4%

23%

41%

42%

42%

40%

42%

Bill Shorten

37%

74%

3%

60%

35%

22%

27%

31%

30%

32%

Don’t know

28%

22%

16%

36%

42%

37%

31%

27%

31%

26%

37% of Australians believe Bill Shorten would make a better Prime Minister than Tony Abbott. This is just 1% more than selected Tony Abbott (36%).

28% don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister.

Since this question was last asked in April 2014, Tony Abbott has dropped -6% as preferred Prime Minister (down from 42%) and Bill Shorten has gained +5% (up from 32%).

Males (38%) were slightly more likely than females (34%) to select Tony Abbott. There was no difference between the genders in their preference from Bill Shorten, with 37% of males and 36% of females selecting him. Females (30%) were more likely than males (25%) to select ‘don’t know’.

Those aged 55+ (51%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (26%) or 30-55 (32%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those aged 30-55 (42%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (31%) or 55+ 30%) to select Bill Shorten. A very large number of those aged under 30 selected don’t know (44%).

Those in NSW (42%) were far more likely than those in QLD (28%) or VIC (34%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those in QLD (44%) were more likely to select Bill Shorten (just 34% of those in NSW and 35% of those in VIC selected Bill Shorten).

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