Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Jun 20, 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   May 2017 Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 39%   17% 73% 31% 33%   39% 39% 38% 39% 39% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 26%   55% 9% 35% 16%   31% 28% 26% 25% 28% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 34%   28% 18% 34% 51%   30% 32% 36% 36% 33% 33% 32% 31%


39% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (unchanged from last month), and 26% thought Bill Shorten would be better (down 5%). 34% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister (up 4%).

The results were split by party, with 73% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 55% of ALP voters saying the Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters narrowly preferred Bill Shorten (35% preferred) to Turnbull (31%).

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