Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Jan 15, 2019

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   Dec 2018 Nov 2018 Oct 2018 Sep 2018 Sep 2018
Scott Morrison 42%   16% 77% 25% 48%   40% 41% 42% 39% 39%
Bill Shorten 30%   63% 11% 39% 10%   29% 29% 27% 27% 29%
Don’t know 28%   21% 12% 37% 42%   31% 29% 31% 34% 32%

42% thought that Scott Morrison would make the better Prime Minister (up 2%pts from last month), and 30% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 1%pt). 28% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 77% of Liberal/National voters saying that Scott Morrison would be a better Prime Minister (no change from last month), and 63% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would (up 7%pts from 56% in December).

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (39%) to Scott Morrison (25%).

Both men (45% vs. 32%) and women (39% vs. 28%) would prefer Scott Morrison to Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.

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