Essential Report

Preferred Prime Minister

Oct 9, 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   Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 42%   14% 79% 29% 44%   43% 39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 28%   56% 6% 41% 17%   29% 26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 31%   30% 15% 30% 39%   28% 34% 36% 33% 32% 31%


42% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (down 1% from last month), and 28% thought Bill Shorten would be better (down 1%). 31% 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 56% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (41%) to Turnbull (29%).

46% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 31% prefer Bill Shorten.

37% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 25% prefer Bill Shorten.

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