Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Mar 13, 2018

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   Feb 2018 Jan 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 41% 21% 82% 25% 32%   42% 42% 42% 43%
Bill Shorten 26% 55% 5% 38% 16%   27% 25% 28% 29%
Don’t know 33%   24% 13% 37% 53%   31% 33% 31% 28%
June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
34% 36% 33% 32% 31%

41% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister (down 1% from last month), and 26% thought Bill Shorten would be better (down 1%). 33% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 82% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 55% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (38%) to Malcolm Turnbull (25%).

49% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 27% prefer Bill Shorten.

33% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 26% prefer Bill Shorten.

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