Essential Report

Leader attributes – comparisons

Sep 22, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull

Bill Shorten

Difference

A capable leader

70%

36%

+34

Good in a crisis

59%

33%

+26

Visionary

51%

26%

+25

Intelligent

81%

58%

+23

More honest than most politicians

39%

23%

+16

Understands the problems facing Australia

63%

48%

+15

Trustworthy

44%

30%

+14

Hard-working

71%

61%

+10

Arrogant

47%

41%

+6

Aggressive

38%

36%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

46%

46%

Intolerant

28%

33%

-5

Superficial

37%

43%

-6

Narrow-minded

30%

41%

-11

Erratic

23%

39%

-16

Compared to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull is much more likely to be considered a capable leader (+34%), good in a crisis (+26%), visionary (+25%) and intelligent (+23%).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more respondents to be erratic (-16%) and narrow-minded (-11%).

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