Essential Report

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 Scott Morrison

Aug 31, 2021

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

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 Oct’20
TOTAL: Approve 50% 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63%
TOTAL: Disapprove 41% 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27%
Don’t know 9% 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082

 

TOTAL: Approve Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 48% 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 47% 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 56% 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 47% 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 58% 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 50% – this is unchanged from last month. Disapproval remains similar to last month at 41% – the highest disapproval rating in the last 12 months.
  • The PM’s approval rating continues to decrease in NSW (48%, from 64% in May).
  • The PM’s approval rating in WA has increased to 58% from 53% last month, but still has not recovered to the level in May (63%).

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 Scott Morrison

Aug 3, 2021

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

Aug’21 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
TOTAL: Approve 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64%
TOTAL: Disapprove 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076

 

TOTAL: Approve Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 50% – this is the lowest approval rating in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval remains the same as last month at 40%. This continues to be the highest disapproval rating in the last 12 months.
  • The PM’s approval rating has decreased in NSW (50%, from 53% last month) and VIC (45% this month, from 49% last month).

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.

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.
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