Essential Report

Better Prime Minister

May 12, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Other   Oct 2013 June 2014 Dec 2104 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015 Apr 2015
Tony Abbott 35% 4% 78% 11% 32% 41% 36% 31% 35% 31% 33% 32%
Bill Shorten 32% 70% 4% 43% 15% 22% 40% 36% 37% 39% 37% 35%
Don’t know 33% 26% 18% 46% 53% 37% 24% 33% 28% 30% 30% 33%

35% (up 3% since April) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (down 3%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

This is the first month Tony Abbott has been preferred over Bill Shorten since November last year.

41% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 31% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 34% to 29%.

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