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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%).

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.

Scott Morrison’s treatment of NSW vs other states during Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated your state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO ALL RESPONDENTS EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN NSW]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 37% 41% 33% 38% 39% 34% 51% 26% 43% 35%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 9% 7% 11% 11% 4% 7% 9% 16% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 29% 29% 29% 21% 27% 37% 19% 47% 19% 31%
Unsure 26% 21% 31% 30% 23% 25% 23% 19% 21% 24%
Base (n) 743 366 377 247 250 246 297 236 61 83

 

  State
  VIC QLD SA WA
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 40% 35% 22% 50%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 7% 11% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 26% 32% 39% 18%
Unsure 25% 26% 28% 22%
Base (n) 275 220 87 106
  • Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO RESPONDENTS IN NSW ONLY]
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated NSW less favourably than other states 14% 16% 11% 19% 14% 9% 18% 9% 20% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW more favourably than other states 23% 28% 19% 27% 30% 15% 29% 23% 30% 13%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW the same as other states 46% 41% 50% 35% 39% 59% 33% 57% 40% 53%
Unsure 18% 15% 20% 19% 17% 17% 20% 11% 10% 24%
Base (n) 553 268 285 147 203 203 182 226 41 44
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated their state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, over a third (37%) of respondents in states besides NSW say Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably. 29% think Scott Morrison has treated their state the same as NSW and 26% are unsure. Only 8% think the PM has treated their state more favourably than NSW.
  • Victorians and Western Australians are more likely than those in other states to think the PM has treated their state less favourably than NSW (40% and 50% respectively).
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, just under half (46%) of those in NSW think the PM has treated their state equally, while 23% think he has treated NSW more favourably. 14% think the PM has treated NSW less favourably than other states, and 18% are unsure.
  • In other states besides NSW, compared to other voters, Labor voters are most likely to think Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably (51%), whereas Coalition voters are most likely to think their state has been treated equally (47%).
  • In NSW, compared to other voters, Coalition voters are the most likely to think the PM has treated NSW equally (57%), while Labor voters are the least likely to think this (33%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jun 8, 2021

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

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 Jul’20
TOTAL: Approve 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27%
Don’t know 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 57% (58% in May).
  • Disapproval has increased from 32% last month to 36% this month, on par with level in April (37%).

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.

Change in views towards federal government

Jun 8, 2021

Q. In the last year have your views towards Scott Morrison’s federal government become more or less favourable?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 40% 40% 39% 44% 40% 36% 54% 24% 51% 49%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 25% 29% 22% 24% 28% 24% 19% 39% 17% 17%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 35% 31% 39% 32% 32% 41% 27% 37% 32% 34%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 34% 48% 39% 37% 45%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 27% 25% 24% 34% 19%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 39% 27% 37% 29% 35%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 40% of Australians say they now view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. A quarter (25%) say they view this more favourably than they did a year ago, and 35% say their views on the federal government have not changed.
  • Compared to other Australians, Victorians are more likely to say they view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. Just under half (48%) of Victorians say this, followed by 45% of Western Australians, 39% of Queenslanders, 37% of South Australians and 34% of those in NSW.

Performance of Scott Morrison

May 11, 2021

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

May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
TOTAL: Approve 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

TOTAL: Approve May’21 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 62% 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 55% 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove                
Men 31% 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 34% 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has risen to 58% (from 54% in April). This is similar to the level at the end of March.
  • Approval of the PM among women has increased from 46% to 55%, while disapproval has fallen from 42% to 34%.
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