Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Sep 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   Aug 2017 July 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 43%   18% 79% 25% 39%   41% 41% 39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 29%   62% 7% 42% 14%   27% 27% 26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 28%   21% 14% 33% 47%   32% 31% 34% 36% 33% 32% 31%


43% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (up 2% from last month), and 29% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 2%). 28% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 79% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 62% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (42%) to Turnbull (25%).

47% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 30% prefer Bill Shorten.

39% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 28% prefer Bill Shorten.

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