Essential Report

Leader attributes: Scott Morrison

Jul 20, 2021

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

  Jul’21 Change from Mid Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Early

Mar’21

May’20 Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Plays politics 73%
Out of touch with ordinary people 59% +8% 51% 56% 47% 62% 56% 54%
Avoids responsibility 54% +6% 48% 49%
In control of their team 53% -9% 62% 56%
Good in a crisis 49% -15% 64% 59% 66% 32% 51% 41%
Trustworthy 47% -8% 55% 52% 56% 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 45% -8% 53% 50% 51% 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 39% -9% 48% 41% 48% 30% 42% 38%
Base (n) 1,100 1,124 1,074 1,059 1,081 1,088 1,026 
  • The majority of Australians (73%) think Scott Morrison ‘plays politics’.
  • Compared to mid-March, more Australians now think Scott Morrison is ‘out of touch with ordinary people’ (up 8 percentage points to 59%). More also now think the PM ‘avoids responsibility’ (up 6 percentage points to 54%).
  • Just under half of people now think Scott Morrison is ‘good in a crisis’ (down 15 percentage points since mid-March to 49%).
  • Compared to mid-March, fewer people also now think the PM is ‘in control of their team’ and ‘visionary’ (down 9 percentage points to 53% and 39% respectively), and less than half now think he is ‘trustworthy’ and ‘more honest than most politicians’ (down 8 percentage points to 47% and 45% respectively).

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