Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

May 7, 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   Apr 2019 Mar 2019 Jan 2019 Dec 2018 Nov 2018 Oct 2018
Scott Morrison 42%   13% 80% 13% 42%   40% 44% 42% 40% 41% 42%
Bill Shorten 31%   63% 7% 48% 19%   31% 31% 30% 29% 29% 27%
Don’t know 27%   25% 12% 40% 39%   29% 26% 28% 31% 29% 31%
  • 42% thought that Scott Morrison would make the better Prime Minister (up 2%pts from last week), and 31% thought Bill Shorten would be better (no change). 27% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.
  • Greens voters have become more open to the idea of Bill Shorten as Prime Minister this week. 48% of Greens voters said Bill Shorten would make a better PM, up 10%pts from 38% last week. Preference for Scott Morrison has fallen 12%pts from 25% last week to 13% this week.
  • The results were split by party allegiance, with 80% of Liberal/National voters saying that Scott Morrison would be a better Prime Minister (up 2% pts from last week), and 63% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would (up 1%pt).
  • Both men (44% to 35%) and women (40% to 27%) would prefer Scott Morrison to Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.

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