Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

May 8, 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   Apr 2018 Mar 2018 Dec 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 40% 18% 78% 19% 37%   41% 41% 42%
Bill Shorten 26% 54% 7% 36% 18%   26% 26% 28%
Don’t know 34%   28% 15% 44% 45%   33% 33% 31%

The results were split by party, with 78% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 54% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.
40% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister (down 1% from last month), and 26% thought Bill Shorten would be better (no change). 34% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (36%) to Malcolm Turnbull (19%).

44% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 30% prefer Bill Shorten.

36% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 23% prefer Bill Shorten.

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