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Double dissolution

Apr 12, 2016

Q: The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he intends to recall Parliament in April to pass legislation to re-establish the ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission). If the Senate rejects the bill to restore the ABCC, or the Senate fails to pass it, would you approve or disapprove the Government calling a double-dissolution election?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Mar 2016
Total approve 39%   35% 57% 36% 30%   34%
Total disapprove 24%   34% 16% 33% 27%   22%
Strongly approve 13% 11% 20% 11% 11% 13%
Approve 26% 24% 37% 25% 19% 21%
Disapprove 16% 20% 14% 20% 17% 15%
Strongly disapprove 8% 14% 2% 13% 10% 7%
Don’t know 36% 31% 27% 31% 42%   44%

39% would approve of the Government calling a double dissolution election if the Senate fails to restore the ABCC and 24% oppose. 36% don’t have an opinion.

This represents a small increase in approval since this question was asked in March.

Approval of Malcolm Turnbull

Oct 6, 2015

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Malcolm Turnbull as Opposition leader

Nov 2009

Tony Abbott as PM

Sep 2015

Total approve 47% 38% 70% 40% 24% 25% 33%
Total disapprove 17% 23% 7% 31% 36% 55% 57%
Strongly approve 11% 4% 22% 4% 3% 2% 9%
Approve 36% 34% 48% 36% 21% 23% 24%
Disapprove 11% 16% 4% 22% 20% 33% 25%
Strongly disapprove 6% 7% 3% 9% 16% 22% 32%
Don’t know 35% 37% 22% 29% 40% 19% 10%

47% of respondents approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister and 17% disapprove – a net approval rating of +30.

70% of Liberal/National voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with 7% disapproving. 38% of Labor voters and 40% of Greens voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance.

By gender, men were 51% approve/20% disapprove and women 43% approve/16% disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Oct 6, 2015

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 2015   Abbott Shorten

Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull 48% 28% 80% 34% 36% 53% 32%
Bill Shorten 19% 41% 5% 27% 12% 17% 35%
Don’t know 33% 30% 14% 39% 51% 30% 32%

48% (down 5% from 2 weeks ago) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 19% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

50% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 20% prefer Bill Shorten.

46% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 18% prefer Bill Shorten.

Attributes of Malcolm Turnbull

Feb 19, 2015

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Minister for Communications (Opposition Leader), Malcolm Turnbull?

 

June 2009

 

Feb 2015

 

Difference

Intelligent

75%

74%

-1

Hard-working

68%

66%

-2

A capable leader

39%

60%

+21

Good in a crisis

32%

56%

+24

Understands the problems facing Australia

48%

55%

+7

Arrogant

69%

48%

-21

Out of touch with ordinary people

65%

48%

-17

Visionary

26%

44%

+18

Trustworthy

na

44%

na

Superficial

51%

41%

-10

More honest than most politicians

16%

40%

+24

Narrow-minded

51%

36%

-15

Aggressive

na

35%

na

Intolerant

na

31%

na

Erratic

na

24%

na

Demanding

62%

na

na

Down to earth

25%

na

na

Approval of Government Ministers

Jul 1, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers? 

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net score

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Malcolm Turnbull – Communications

44%

31%

+13

8%

36%

18%

13%

25%

Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs

41%

38%

+3

12%

29%

18%

20%

22%

George Brandis – Attorney General

33%

31%

+2

7%

26%

15%

16%

36%

Scott Morrison – Immigration and Border Protection

38%

39%

-1

14%

24%

17%

22%

24%

Greg Hunt – Environment

28%

39%

-11

5%

23%

18%

21%

34%

Joe Hockey – Treasurer

36%

48%

-12

10%

26%

21%

27%

15%

Christopher Pyne – Education

29%

47%

-18

7%

22%

20%

27%

24%

Malcolm Turnbull (+13) received the highest rating while Christopher Pyne (-18), Joe Hockey (-12) and Greg Hunt (-11) receive substantial negative ratings. Respondents were divided over the performance of Julie Bishop (+3), George Brandis (+2) and Scott Morrison (-1). 

Liberal voters were most approving of Joe Hockey (78% approve), Julie Bishop (74%), Malcolm Turnbull (72%) and Scott Morrison (70%).

View more results by voter intention.

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

23 Apr 12

30 May 11

28 Feb 11

27 Sep 10

Tony Abbott

17%

5%

36%

1%

23%

22%

24%

26%

Malcolm Turnbull

37%

44%

35%

51%

30%

25%

18%

20%

Joe Hockey

10%

9%

13%

9%

14%

17%

16%

15%

Julie Bishop

3%

4%

3%

1%

5%

3%

4%

5%

Andrew Robb

*

*

*

1%

1%

1%

na

Someone else

12%

20%

3%

13%

12%

13%

14%

na

Don’t know

19%

19%

9%

24%

16%

19%

22%

33%

37% (up 7% since April last year) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 17% (down 6%) prefer Tony Abbott and 10% (down 4%) Joe Hockey.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (-3%) prefer Tony Abbott, 35% (+9%) Malcolm Turnbull and 13% (-4%) Joe Hockey.

Malcolm Turnbull is preferred by 39% of men and 36% of women, Tony Abbott by 21% of men and 14% of women.

Trust in People and Organisations

Jun 18, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have that the following people or organisations can be relied on to act in the community’s interest?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Net trust
Kevin Rudd

37%

56%

14%

23%

26%

30%

7%

-19

Malcolm Turnbull

33%

54%

8%

25%

29%

25%

14%

-21

Tony Abbott

29%

63%

10%

19%

20%

43%

7%

-34

Julia Gillard

26%

67%

8%

18%

22%

45%

6%

-41

Mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart

14%

73%

3%

11%

23%

50%

13%

-59

Australian companies

46%

47%

8%

38%

35%

12%

7%

-1

Banks

17%

66%

2%

15%

32%

44%

7%

-49

Foreign companies

8%

81%

1%

7%

24%

57%

10%

-73

There was a substantial lack of trust in all people and organisations tested with the exception of Australian companies – which split 46% a lot/some trust and 47% little/no trust.

For both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party, the current leaders were less trusted than the previous leaders. However, all political leaders were more trusted than mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart.

Among Labor voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Julia Gillard and 58% had a lot/some trust in Kevin Rudd. Among Liberal/National voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Tony Abbott and 44% had a lot/some trust in Malcolm Turnbull.

Best Leader of the Liberal Party

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

 

27 Sep 2010

28 Feb 2011

30 May 2011

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Tony Abbott

26%

24%

22%

23%

11%

39%

3%

Malcolm Turnbull

20%

18%

25%

30%

37%

26%

53%

Joe Hockey

15%

16%

17%

14%

12%

17%

12%

Julie Bishop

5%

4%

3%

5%

4%

5%

5%

Andrew Robb

na

1%

1%

1%

2%

1%

Someone else

na

14%

13%

12%

16%

6%

18%

Don’t know

33%

22%

19%

16%

18%

7%

10

30% (+5%) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 23% (+1%) prefer Tony Abbott and 14% (-3%) Joe Hockey.

Among Liberal/National voters, 39% (-1%) prefer Tony Abbott, 26% (+7%) Malcolm Turnbull and 17% (-5%) Joe Hockey.

Malcolm Turnbull is preferred by 33% of men and 28% of women, Tony Abbott by 26% of men and 19% of women.

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