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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.

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.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jun 8, 2021

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

  Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
Scott Morrison 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27%
Don’t know 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23%
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
  • Just under half (48%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (50% last month).
  • 28% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (24% in May). 24% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Preferred Prime Minister

May 11, 2021

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

  May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
Scott Morrison 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53%
Anthony Albanese 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23%
Don’t know 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

Men May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 54% 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 26% 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 20% 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women                
Scott Morrison 47% 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 22% 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 31% 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

May’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 50% 32% 83% 29% 34%
Anthony Albanese 24% 41% 7% 46% 22%
Don’t know 26% 26% 9% 25% 44%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111
  • Half (50%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (47% last month).
  • Just under a quarter (24%) would prefer the Opposition Leader (28% in April). Just over a quarter (26%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has increased among women to 47% (from 42% last month). Preference is unchanged among men (54% and 53%).
  • 41% of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable drop from levels last month (50%). Just over a third (32%) now think Morrison would make the better leader (27% last month) and about a quarter (26%) don’t know.

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Apr 13, 2021

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

  Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
Scott Morrison 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25%
Don’t know 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

Men Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women              
Scott Morrison 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

Apr’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 47% 27% 80% 28% 41%
Anthony Albanese 28% 50% 10% 45% 20%
Don’t know 25% 24% 9% 26% 39%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165
  • Just under half (47%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese, a drop since last month (52%) and the lowest figure seen in the last 12 months.
  • 28% would prefer the Opposition Leader (no change from 26% in March). A quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has dropped among women from 53% last month to 42% in April. Preference is unchanged among men (52% and 53%).
  • Half (50%) of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, consistent with levels last month (49%). Just under a third (27%) think Morrison would make the better leader and about a quarter (24%) don’t know.

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Mar 16, 2021

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

  Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
Scott Morrison 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27%
Don’t know 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 31% 86% 25% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 49% 8% 41% 26%
Don’t know 22% 20% 6% 33% 28%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • Just over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (52%), while around a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (26%). 22% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 86% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Just under half (49%) of Labor voters now believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable increase since last month (42%). A third (31%) still think Morrison would make the better leader and 20% don’t know.

Preferred Prime Minister

Feb 16, 2021

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

  Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20
Scott Morrison 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40%
Anthony Albanese 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35%
Don’t know 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25%
Base (n) 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096

 

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 33% 83% 33% 40%
Anthony Albanese 24% 42% 7% 39% 28%
Don’t know 24% 25% 11% 28% 31%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • Just over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (52%), while around a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (24%). About a further quarter (24%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 83% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (7%).
  • 42% of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, a decrease since last month (47%). A quarter (25%) of Labor voters said they don’t know who would make the better leader.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jan 19, 2021

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

  Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20
Scott Morrison 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40% 36%
Anthony Albanese 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35% 36%
Don’t know 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25% 28%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 51% 28% 83% 24% 45%
Anthony Albanese 25% 47% 8% 49% 16%
Don’t know 25% 26% 9% 27% 39%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • Half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (51%), while a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (25%). A further quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 83% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Just under half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (47%). 26% of Labor voters said they don’t know who would make the better leader.
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