Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

May 9, 2017

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015 Dec 2014
Malcolm Turnbull 39% 11% 85% 12% 34%   39% 38% 39% 39% 39% 40% 54% 54%
Bill Shorten 31% 61% 4% 59% 17%   28% 26% 25% 28% 28% 29% 15% 15%
Don’t know 30%   27% 11% 30% 49%   32% 36% 36% 33% 33% 32% 31% 31%

39% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (unchanged from last month), and 31% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 3%).

The results were split by party, with 85% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 61% of ALP voters saying the Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (59% preferred) to Turnbull (12%).

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