Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Jul 4, 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   Jun 2018 May 2018 Apr 2018 Mar 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 42%   16% 83% 24% 36%   41% 40% 41% 41% 42% 43% 39% 38% 39%
Bill Shorten 25%   53% 6% 39% 10%   27% 26% 26% 26% 28% 29% 26% 26% 28%
Don’t know 34%   31% 12% 37% 54%   32% 34% 33% 33% 31% 28% 34% 36% 33%


42% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister (up 1% from last month), and 25% thought Bill Shorten would be better (down 2%). 34% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 83% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 53% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (39%) to Malcolm Turnbull (24%).

46% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 24% prefer Bill Shorten.

37% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 25% prefer Bill Shorten.

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