Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

May 16, 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 May 2019 Apr 2019 Mar 2019 Jan 2019 Dec 2018 Nov 2018 Oct 2018
Scott Morrison 39% 9% 80% 14% 42% 42% 40% 44% 42% 40% 41% 42%
Bill Shorten 32% 69% 7% 47% 17% 31% 31% 31% 30% 29% 29% 27%
Don’t know 28% 22% 12% 39% 41% 27% 29% 26% 28% 31% 29% 31%
  • Support for Scott Morrison has dipped this week, 39% believe him to be the better PM (down 3%pts from 41% last week). This is as low a score from the Liberal leader since assumed the position in September 2018.
  • Bill Shorten is seen as less preferable than Scott Morrison, with 32% thinking he would make the better PM. However this is his highest score during the tenure of Scott Morrison as PM (up 5%pts from 27% in September 2018) and a 1%pt increase from 31% last week.
  • The results were split by party allegiance, with 80% of Liberal/National voters saying that Scott Morrison would be a better Prime Minister (no change from last week), and 69% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would (up 6%pts from 63%).
  • Younger voters (those aged 18-34) think Bill Shorten would be the better PM (37%) compared to Scott Morrison (29%). Whereas voters aged over 55 would prefer Scott Morrison (49%) over Bill Shorten (29%).

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