Essential Report

Preferred Treasurer

May 16, 2017

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – the Treasurer Scott Morrison or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Scott Morrison 26%   8% 57% 7% 18%
Chris Bowen 22%   43% 5% 31% 20%
Don’t know 52%   49% 37% 62% 61%


26% trusted Scott Morrison to handle the economy, and 22% trusted Chris Bowen. 52% did not know who they trusted more.

Scott Morrison was most favoured by Liberal/National voters (57%) and those aged 65+ (45%). Chris Bowen was most favoured by ALP voters (43%).

64% of women said that they did not know who they trusted more, compared to 40% of men.


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