Essential Report

Performance of Scott Morrison 

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
TOTAL: Approve 54% 50% 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 41% 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25%
Don’t know 9% 9% 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

TOTAL: Approve Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 54% 48% 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 52% 47% 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 60% 56% 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 43% 47% 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 51% 58% 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 54% (from 50% last month), with disapproval at 37% (41% in September).
  • While approval has increased in NSW (48% to 54%), Victoria (47% to 52%) and Queensland (56% to 60%), these have been drops in SA (47% to 43%) and WA (58% to 51%).

Leader attributes: Scott Morrison

Jul 20, 2021

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Jul’21 Change from Mid Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Early

Mar’21

May’20 Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Plays politics 73%
Out of touch with ordinary people 59% +8% 51% 56% 47% 62% 56% 54%
Avoids responsibility 54% +6% 48% 49%
In control of their team 53% -9% 62% 56%
Good in a crisis 49% -15% 64% 59% 66% 32% 51% 41%
Trustworthy 47% -8% 55% 52% 56% 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 45% -8% 53% 50% 51% 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 39% -9% 48% 41% 48% 30% 42% 38%
Base (n) 1,100 1,124 1,074 1,059 1,081 1,088 1,026 
  • The majority of Australians (73%) think Scott Morrison ‘plays politics’.
  • Compared to mid-March, more Australians now think Scott Morrison is ‘out of touch with ordinary people’ (up 8 percentage points to 59%). More also now think the PM ‘avoids responsibility’ (up 6 percentage points to 54%).
  • Just under half of people now think Scott Morrison is ‘good in a crisis’ (down 15 percentage points since mid-March to 49%).
  • Compared to mid-March, fewer people also now think the PM is ‘in control of their team’ and ‘visionary’ (down 9 percentage points to 53% and 39% respectively), and less than half now think he is ‘trustworthy’ and ‘more honest than most politicians’ (down 8 percentage points to 47% and 45% respectively).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20
TOTAL: Approve 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66%
TOTAL: Disapprove 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23%
Don’t know 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010

 

TOTAL: Approve Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 45% 41% 28% 36%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 51% (from 57% in June). This is the lowest approval rating in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval has increased to 40% (from 36% last month). This is the highest disapproval rating in the last 12 months.
  • The PM’s approval rating has fallen in all states except for WA. It has dropped the most significantly in QLD (49% from 60% in June).
TOTAL: Approve Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 53% 61% 62% 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 49% 52% 55% 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove                    
Men 41% 34% 31% 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 39% 38% 34% 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • Approval of Scott Morrison has fallen among both men and women to 53% and 49% respectively (from 61% and 52% in June). This is the lowest approval rating of the PM seen among men since last March, and among women since April.
  • Disapproval of the PM among men has increased to 41% (from 34% in June), the highest disapproval rating among men since last March. Disapproval of the PM among women is at 39%, similar to last month but an increase from the level in May (34%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Mar 30, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
TOTAL: Approve 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66%
TOTAL: Disapprove 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25%
Don’t know 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

TOTAL: Approve 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove            
Men 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 57% (from 62% earlier in the month) driven by lower approval among women (59% to 49%).
  • Disapproval of the PM among women has increased to 40%, from 30% two weeks ago.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
TOTAL: Approve 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31%
Don’t know 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10%
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

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 22% 7% 46% 3% 20%
Approve 40% 38% 46% 38% 34%
Disapprove 16% 25% 5% 26% 16%
Strongly disapprove 13% 23% 1% 26% 17%
Don’t know 8% 7% 3% 8% 12%
TOTAL: Approve 62% 45% 91% 40% 55%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 48% 6% 51% 33%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dipped back down to 62%, consistent with results in January (61%) and December (62%).
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is now at 91% among Coalition supporters (93% last month) and 45% among Labor voters (49% last month).

Preferred Prime Minister

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.

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change from May’20 May’20 Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Good in a crisis 59% -7% 66% 32% 51% 41%
Trustworthy 52% -4% 56% 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 50% -1% 51% 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 41% -7% 48% 30% 42% 38%
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% +9% 47% 62% 56% 54%
Avoids responsibility 49%
In control of their team 56%
Base (n) 1,074 1,059 1,081 1,088 1,026
  •  Over half (56%) now think Scott Morrison is out of touch with ordinary people. This is up 9 percentage points since May’20 (47%).
  • Fewer Australians think the Prime Minister is good in a crisis (down 7 percentage points since May’20 to 59%) and that he is visionary (also down 7% percentage points since May’20 to 41%).
  • Less people also think he is trustworthy (down 4 percentage points to 52%) and about the same number think he is more honest than most politicians (50%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20
TOTAL: Approve 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49%
Don’t know 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10%
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

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 23% 8% 44% 6% 17%
Approve 42% 40% 49% 29% 40%
Disapprove 16% 24% 4% 30% 27%
Strongly disapprove 11% 20% 1% 29% 11%
Don’t know 7% 7% 2% 6% 5%
TOTAL: Approve 65% 49% 93% 35% 57%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 44% 5% 59% 37%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has increased to 65%, the highest rating since November last year.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is now at 93% among Coalition supporters (90% last month) and 49% among Labor voters (47% last month).
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