Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 27, 2018

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2018 Jul 2018 Jun 2018 Mar 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 Jun 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016
Scott Morrison 39%   17% 76% 17% 40%   41% 42% 41% 41% 42% 43% 39% 38% 39%
Bill Shorten 29%   57% 8% 49% 15%   27% 25% 27% 26% 28% 29% 26% 26% 28%
Don’t know 32%   25% 16% 34% 45%   31% 34% 32% 33% 31% 28% 34% 36% 33%


39% thought that Scott Morrison would make the better Prime Minister (down 2% from Malcolm Turnbull’s rating last month), and 29% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 2%). 32% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 76% of Liberal/National voters saying that Scott Morrison would be a better Prime Minister, and 57% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (49%) to Scott Morrison (17%).

43% of men prefer Scott Morrison and 31% prefer Bill Shorten.

34% of women prefer Scott Morrison and 27% prefer Bill Shorten.

 

Note: figures up to August 2018 refer to Malcolm Turnbull vs Bill Shorten

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