Essential Report

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).

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).

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.

Better leadership during Covid-19 – PM vs state leader

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Who do you think has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia?

  TOTAL: All states
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 30%
TOTAL: State Premier / Chief Minister 52%
Don’t know 19%
Base (n) 1,109
  • The majority of people (52%) think their state leaders have demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia than the Prime Minister.
  • About a third (30%) think the opposite is true – that the PM has performed better than state leaders and 19% don’t know.
  • The pattern of people thinking their state leader has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the pandemic than the Prime Minister is consistent across each state. This is most apparent in WA where 76% think their premier, Mark McGowan, has demonstrated better leadership than Scott Morrison.
  • Note: Due to small base sizes results for ACT, TAS and NT are not shown.
  TOTAL: NSW TOTAL: VIC TOTAL: QLD TOTAL: SA TOTAL: WA
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 29% 34% 32% 29% 19%
State Premier / Chief Minister 44% 49% 55% 50% 76%
Don’t know 27% 17% 13% 21% 5%
Base (n) 338 297 225 91 107

Attitudes towards Craig Kelly controversy and Scott Morrison’s leadership

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Liberal MP Craig Kelly sharing Covid-19 misinformation (e.g. advocating unproven treatments, claiming vaccines cannot be trusted, comparing masks to child abuse)?

TOTAL: Agree Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour 41% 52% 32% 52% 47%
Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency 56% 60% 58% 70% 56%
Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts 57% 61% 60% 63% 55%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • Over half (57%) agree that Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts and over half (56%) also agree that Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency.
  • Greens voters are more likely to agree with these two statements than other voters. Minor and independent party voters are the least likely to agree.
  • 41% agree Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour. Labor and Greens voters are more likely to agree with this statement than Coalition and minor and independent party voters (52% and 52% to 32% and 47% respectively).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jan 19, 2021

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

Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20
TOTAL: Approve 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49% 52%
Don’t know 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10% 9%
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

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 20% 8% 42% 4% 9%
Approve 40% 39% 48% 31% 30%
Disapprove 18% 30% 6% 22% 22%
Strongly disapprove 13% 18% 2% 35% 20%
Don’t know 9% 5% 2% 8% 19%
TOTAL: Approve 61% 47% 90% 35% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 48% 8% 57% 42%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 61%, unchanged since last month.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is at 90% among Coalition supporters and 47% among Labor voters, both also unchanged since last month (90% and 48%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Dec 15, 2020

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

Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20
TOTAL: Approve 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41% 39% 40%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49% 52% 52%
Don’t know 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10% 9% 8%
Base (n) 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 23% 12% 43% 7% 21%
Approve 39% 36% 47% 35% 36%
Disapprove 17% 27% 6% 25% 20%
Strongly disapprove 11% 18% 1% 26% 16%
Don’t know 11% 6% 3% 8% 7%
TOTAL: Approve 62% 48% 90% 41% 57%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 45% 7% 50% 35%
Base (n) 1,071 356 406 102 107
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 62%, a fall from 66% last month, but equivalent to approval in October.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is at 90% among Coalition supporters (94% last month) and 48% among Labor voters (50% last month).
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