Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Jul 11, 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   June 2017 May 2017 Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 41% 15% 83% 18% 38%   39% 39% 39% 38% 39% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 27% 58% 5% 40% 12%   26% 31% 28% 26% 25% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 31%   27% 12% 42% 50%   34% 30% 32% 36% 36% 33% 32% 31%


41% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (up 2% from last month), and 27% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 1%). 31% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister (down 3%).

The results were split by party, with 83% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 58% of ALP voters saying the Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (40% preferred) to Turnbull (18%), although the largest proportion did not know who would make a better Prime Minister (42%).

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