Essential Report

Performance of Scott Morrison

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Nov’21 Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20
TOTAL: Approve 48% 54% 50% 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62%
TOTAL: Disapprove 42% 37% 41% 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28%
Don’t know 9% 9% 9% 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11%
Base (n) 1,089 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071

 

TOTAL: Approve Nov’21 Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 51% 54% 48% 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 49% 52% 47% 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 46% 60% 56% 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 45% 43% 47% 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 50% 51% 58% 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 48%, the lowest of the last 12 months (54% last month), with disapproval at 42% (37% in October).
  • The drop in approval has been driven by attitudes in Queensland, where approval dropped from 60% in October to 46% in November. All other states remained consistent with last month.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Nov’21 Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20
TOTAL: Approve 40% 41% 37% 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43%
TOTAL: Disapprove 35% 34% 36% 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29%
Don’t know 25% 25% 27% 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28%
Base (n) 1,089 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 40%, consistent with last month (41%). There has also been no change in either disapproval (35% in November, 34% last month) or among those unsure on the opposition leader’s job performance (25% in both October and November).

Preferred Prime Minister

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Nov’21 Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20
Scott Morrison 44% 45% 47% 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 29% 26% 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24%
Don’t know 28% 26% 27% 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26%
Base (n) 1,089 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071
  • There has been no change in preferred Prime Minister from last month, with 44% opting for Scott Morrison and 28% Anthony Albanese.
  • 28% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Views towards re-electing the federal Coalition government

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Which is closer to your own view about the federal Coalition government?

  Nov’21 Aug’21
Deserves to be re-elected 34% 36%
Time to give someone else a go 45% 41%
Unsure 21% 23%
Base (n) 1,089 1,100
  • 45% of Australians think it’s time to change federal governments, while 34% think the Coalition deserves to be re-elected.
  • This sentiment is consistent with results in August, when 41% felt it was time for a change and 36% want the Coalition re-elected.

Party trust to handle issues

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference   Difference Sep’21
National Security 38% 32% 29% +6 +13
Management of the economy 41% 33% 26% +8 +10
Maintaining international relations 33% 36% 30% -3 +5
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 33% 40% 27% -7 -3
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 40% 27% -8 -4
Housing affordability 27% 39% 34% -12 -9
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 41% 26% -9 -9
Addressing climate change 26% 39% 35% -13 -13
Fair wages and workplace conditions 29% 45% 26% -16 -18
Base (n) 1,089 1,089 1,089   1,094
  • In the time since the fall-out from the government’s AUKUS submarine announcement and Scott Morrison’s COP26 performance, fewer people trust the Liberal party to maintain international relations and handle national security.
  • In September, more people trusted the Liberal government to maintain international relations than the Labor party (37% trusted the Liberals, 32% Labor). Now 36% trust Labor and 33% trust the Liberals.
  • 38% of people now trust the Liberals to handle national security (41% in September) while trust in the Labor party has increased from 28% to 32%.

Importance of Australia’s international reputation

Nov 9, 2021

Q. How important is it that Australia has a good reputation among its international neighbours and trading partners?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very important 54% 57% 52% 46% 53% 63% 60% 55% 54% 50%
Fairly important 39% 36% 42% 45% 41% 32% 37% 41% 40% 38%
Not that important 4% 5% 4% 6% 3% 4% 2% 4% 5% 9%
Not at all important 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 1% 1% 1% 2% 4%
TOTAL: Important 94% 93% 95% 92% 93% 96% 97% 96% 94% 88%
TOTAL: Not important 6% 7% 5% 8% 7% 4% 3% 4% 6% 12%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Australia’s international reputation is seen to be of great value, with 54% saying it is very important to maintain a good reputation among international neighbours and trading partners and a further 39% saying it is fairly important.
  • Australia’s international reputation is most important to those aged over 55 (63% saying it is very important) and Labor voters (60%).

Scott Morrison’s impact on Australia’s international reputation

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Thinking about the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australia’s international reputation, which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
As Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison has undermined Australia’s international reputation 47% 47% 46% 47% 47% 46% 67% 28% 74% 52%
As Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison has enhanced Australia’s international reputation 27% 33% 22% 27% 26% 29% 14% 50% 14% 19%
Unsure 26% 20% 32% 26% 27% 25% 19% 22% 12% 29%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Around half of people (47%) believe Scott Morrison has undermined Australia’s international reputation during his tenure as Prime Minister – more than those who think the country’s reputation has been enhanced (27%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to say Morrison has enhanced the country’s reputation (50%), however less than a fifth of all other voters share this view.

Views towards Australia’s international reputation

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Thinking about Australia’s international reputation, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
It’s important that Australia is trusted by its allies 81% 5% 48% 33% 14% 3% 3%
The world needs to work together if we are to address big challenges like climate change and pandemics 78% 8% 51% 27% 14% 4% 4%
As a middle-sized power Australia’s international reputation is important 76% 5% 36% 40% 18% 3% 2%
Australia needs to put its own interests first, even at the cost of international relationships 56% 17% 24% 32% 27% 12% 5%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It’s important that Australia is trusted by its allies 81% 79% 82% 70% 82% 90% 83% 84% 80% 76%
The world needs to work together if we are to address big challenges like climate change and pandemics 78% 75% 81% 69% 79% 85% 83% 79% 78% 69%
As a middle-sized power Australia’s international reputation is important 76% 74% 79% 63% 78% 86% 78% 81% 80% 67%
Australia needs to put its own interests first, even at the cost of international relationships 56% 58% 54% 45% 56% 65% 48% 72% 35% 61%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • People recognise the importance of international co-operation, with 81% agreeing it’s important for Australia to be a trusted ally and 78% agreeing that global issues require countries to work together.
  • People aged 18-34 were less likely than those aged over 55 to agree that Australia needs to be trusted by its allies (70% to 90%), that the world needs to work together to address challenges (69% to 85%) and that as a middle-sized power Australia’s international reputation is important (63% to 86%).
  • While just over half agree that Australia needs to put its own interests first, even at the cost of international relationships (56%), this is fewer than the agreement with other statements on the importance of international trust and international relations.
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