Preferred Prime Minister

Jun 2, 2020

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

  Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
Scott Morrison 53% 50% 46% 40% 36% 36% 44% 43% 46% 44% 44% 43%
Anthony Albanese 23% 25% 27% 35% 36% 39% 28% 28% 25% 28% 26% 25%
Don’t know 24% 25% 27% 25% 28% 25% 29% 29% 29% 28% 31% 32%
Base (n) 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 53% 29% 84% 34% 51%
Anthony Albanese 23% 45% 8% 38% 19%
Don’t know 24% 26% 9% 28% 31%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  • Over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (53% to 23%). Around a quarter (24%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 84% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese.
  • Just under half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (45%) compared to Morrison (29%). 27% said they didn’t know who would make the better leader.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jun 2, 2020

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

Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19
TOTAL: Approve 65% 64% 59% 41% 39% 40% 45% 45% 47% 49% 48% 48%
TOTAL: Disapprove 26% 27% 31% 49% 52% 52% 43% 41% 38% 36% 37% 34%
Don’t know 8% 9% 10% 10% 9% 8% 13% 13% 15% 15% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 21% 8% 41% 6% 17%
Approve 44% 45% 48% 35% 39%
Disapprove 18% 26% 7% 41% 20%
Strongly disapprove 8% 13% 2% 14% 12%
Don’t know 8% 7% 2% 5% 11%
TOTAL: Approve 65% 53% 89% 41% 57%
TOTAL: Disapprove 26% 39% 9% 54% 33%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has increased for the fifth straight month, reaching 65% from 39% at the start of February.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister among is at 89% of Coalition supporters, with 53% approval among Labor voters, 41% among Greens voters and 57% of all others.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jun 2, 2020

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

Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19
TOTAL: Approve 43% 42% 44% 41% 41% 43% 39% 37% 40% 36% 38% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 27% 29% 33% 31% 30% 28% 34% 29% 31% 29% 24%
Don’t know 26% 31% 27% 26% 28% 27% 33% 29% 31% 33% 33% 37%
Base (n) 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 8% 12% 5% 7% 14%
Approve 36% 51% 31% 43% 26%
Disapprove 21% 14% 30% 21% 24%
Strongly disapprove 9% 2% 15% 5% 12%
Don’t know 26% 22% 20% 24% 25%
TOTAL: Approve 43% 63% 35% 50% 40%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 16% 45% 26% 35%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has remained consistent this month, at 43% compared to 42% in May and 44% April.
  • Albanese’s approval among Labor voters remains relatively low at 63%, compared to Morrison’s approval among Coalition voters (89%).

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Jun 2, 2020

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change (Jan’20) Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Intelligent 73% +15 58% 64% 61%
Hard-working 72% +19 53% 63% 60%
A capable leader 70% +25 45% 54% 49%
Good in a crisis 66% +34 32% 51% 41%
Understands the problems facing Australia 65% +23 42% 50% 46%
Trustworthy 56% +16 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 51% +12 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 48% +18 30% 42% 38%
Out of touch with ordinary people 47% -15 62% 56% 54%
Superficial 41% -10 51% 48% 45%
Narrow-minded 40% -14 54% 47% 46%
Arrogant 39% -12 51% 44% 43%
Intolerant 34% -9 43% 41% 37%
Aggressive 32% 0 32% 37% 34%
Erratic 28% -10 38% 34% 36%
Base (n) 1,059   1,081 1,088 1,026
  • The attributes most associated with Scott Morrison are Intelligent (73%), Hard-working (72%) and A capable leader (70%).
  • Since the start of the year, Morrison is more likely to be described with positive attributes such as Good in a crisis (up 34%), a capable leader (up 25%) and Understands the problems facing Australia (23%).
  • He is now less associated with negative attributes such as Out of touch with ordinary people (-15%), Narrow-minded (-14%) and Arrogant (-12%).

Leader attributes – Anthony Albanese

Jun 2, 2020

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese?

  Total Change (Oct’19) Oct’19
Hard-working 67% +3 64%
Intelligent 67% +1 66%
Understands the problems facing Australia 62% +9 53%
A capable leader 54% +3 51%
Trustworthy 48% +7 41%
Good in a crisis 47% +7 40%
More honest than most politicians 42% 0 42%
Visionary 41% 0 41%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% -3 44%
Superficial 38% -1 39%
Narrow-minded 36% -1 37%
Arrogant 34% +1 33%
Intolerant 31% +1 30%
Erratic 31% +1 30%
Aggressive 30% +3 27%
Base (n) 1,059   1,088
  • The attributes mainly associated with Anthony Albanese are Hard-working (67%), Intelligent (67%) and Understands the problems facing Australia (62%), He is less likely to be seen as Intolerant (31%), Erratic (31%) or Aggressive (30%).
  • Since October last year, Anthony Albanese is more likely to be associated with Understands the problems facing Australia (up 9%), Trustworthy (up 7%) and Good in a crisis (up 7%). However, the Leader of the Opposition hasn’t seen as much of an increase in these measures when compared to the Prime Minister.

Reflection of JobKeeper surplus

Jun 2, 2020

Q. Last Friday the Federal Government announced that, due to an accounting error, the number of people on JobKeeper is around half what the Treasury estimated it to be. The current cost of JobKeeper has consequently been reduced from $130b to $70b.

How do you think this reflects on the government’s credibility?

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very poorly 18% 30% 6% 24% 22%
Quite poorly 23% 28% 16% 37% 27%
Quite well 11% 12% 14% 8% 5%
Very well 5% 4% 5% 0% 10%
Does not affect the Government’s credibility 43% 26% 59% 31% 37%
TOTAL: Poorly 41% 58% 21% 61% 49%
TOTAL: Well 16% 16% 19% 8% 15%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  •  43% of the public do not think the error causing the re-estimation of the JobKeeper cost affects the Government’s credibility, 41% think it reflects Very or Quite poorly.
  • Most Coalition voters do not think the issue has affected the credibility of the Government (59%), while the majority of Labor (58%) and Greens (61%) voters think it reflects poorly.

Alternative spending options for JobKeeper surplus

Jun 2, 2020

Q. On which of the following would you prefer the Government use the $60B it has previously allocated to the JobKeeper program?

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Extend financial schemes supporting those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic (JobSeeker increases, JobKeeper and free early  learning childcare) beyond their current end dates 35% 40% 28% 48% 29%
Broaden JobKeeper scheme to include universities, migrant workers and employees of companies owned by foreign governments 20% 23% 15% 25% 24%
Put money towards reducing national debt accumulate during the Covid-19 pandemic 45% 37% 57% 27% 47%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  •  A third of people would prefer the JobKeeper budget to be spent on extending the scheme beyond its current end date, with a further 20% preferring the scheme to be broadened to include more workers. 45% want the money to be put towards reducing the national debt.
  • Younger people (aged 18-34) are more likely to want the money extending (42%) or broadening the scheme (29%) compared to those over 55 (25% and 16%).
  • Over half of Coalition voters (57%) and retired people (58%) prefer using the money to reduce National debt, rather than providing more support for those who have lost work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus concerns

Jun 2, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Australia?

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very concerned 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39%
Quite concerned 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43%
Not that concerned 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 32% 29% 38% 27% 32% 30%
Quite concerned 49% 51% 45% 52% 50% 47%
Not that concerned 15% 17% 12% 17% 13% 19%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 6% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,059 341 342 376 732 327
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