Essential Report

Better Prime Minister

Sep 8, 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 2014 Mar 2015 Jun 2015 Jul 2015 Aug 2015
Tony Abbott 32% 3% 77% 2% 21% 41% 36% 31% 33% 38% 37% 36%
Bill Shorten 35% 72% 5% 60% 23% 22% 40% 36% 37% 33% 30% 32%
Don’t know 32% 25% 17% 39% 56% 37% 24% 33% 30% 29% 33% 31%

32% (down 4% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 35% (up 3%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Women increasingly prefer Bill Shorten (35% up from 32% in July). Women are less likely to prefer Tony Abbot than in July (29% down from 36% in July).

35% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 36% prefer Bill Shorten.

Tony Abbott is the preferred PM in NSW (37% compared to 29% from Bill Shorten), but Bill Shorten is preferred in QLD (33% compared to 30%) and VIC (39% compared to 32%).

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