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Preferred Prime Minister

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Scott Morrison 45% 47% 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53%
Anthony Albanese 29% 26% 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24%
Don’t know 26% 27% 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24%
Base (n) 1.097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • 45% of Australians continue to think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (47% last month).
  • 29% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (26% last month). 27% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
TOTAL: Approve 37% 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29%
Don’t know 27% 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 37% (34% last month).
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese is now at 36% (38% last month). 27% say they are unsure of his performance.

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 47% 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50%
Anthony Albanese 26% 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25%
Don’t know 27% 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082
  • 47% of Australians continue to think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (45% last month).
  • Just over a quarter (26%) think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (same last month). 27% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 3, 2021

Q.  Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
TOTAL: Approve 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29%
Don’t know 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has decreased to 34%, down from 41% last month.
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese has increased since last month, now at 38% (from 35%). 28% say they are unsure of his performance.

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 3, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
Scott Morrison 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49%
Anthony Albanese 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26%
Don’t know 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076
  • Less than half (45%) of Australians now think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (46% last month).
  • Just over a quarter (26%) think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (28% in June). 29% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20
TOTAL: Approve 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30%
Don’t know 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has increased slightly to 41% (from 39% in June).
  • Similarly, the proportion of people disapproving of Albanese and those unsure are both consistent with last month (35% and 24% respectively).

Preferred Prime Minister

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20
Scott Morrison 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52%
Anthony Albanese 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22%
Don’t know 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010
  • Less than half (46%) of Australians now believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (48% last month).
  • 28% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (same level in June). 26% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
Men Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 48% 54% 54% 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 31% 30% 26% 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 21% 16% 20% 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women                    
Scott Morrison 43% 43% 47% 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 26% 25% 22% 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 31% 31% 31% 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%
  • Less than half (48%) of men now believe Scott Morrison makes the better PM (54% in June), the lowest number since last March. About the same proportion as last month think Albanese would make the better PM (31%). More men are now unsure who would make the better PM (21% from 16% last month).
  • The proportion of women who think Scott Morrison makes the better PM has dropped since May to 43% (from 47%). Just over a quarter (26%) of women now think Anthony Albanese would make the better PM (from 22% in May). 31% are undecided, consistent with the past few months.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
TOTAL: Approve 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28%
Don’t know 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is unchanged at 39%.
  • Similarly, the proportion of people disapproving of Albanese and those unsure are both consistent with last month (36% and 24% respectively).
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