Bill Shorten

May 9, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Dec 2015 Dec 2014
Total Approve 34% 62% 20% 33% 21%   33% 30% 30% 37% 35% 27% 35%
Total Disapprove 45% 18% 68% 46% 64%   46% 49% 47% 44% 38% 47% 39%
Strongly approve 6% 14% 2% 6% 1% 5% 4% 5% 7% 6% 4% 7%
Approve 28% 48% 18% 27% 20% 28% 26% 25% 30% 29% 23% 28%
Disapprove 26% 15% 33% 37% 33% 26% 26% 27% 25% 21% 26% 23%
Strongly disapprove 19% 3% 35% 9% 31% 20% 23% 20% 19% 17% 21% 16%
Don’t know 22%   20% 12% 21% 15%   22% 22% 22% 20% 25% 25% 26%

34% approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Prime Minister (up 1% from last month), and 45% disapproved (down 1%).

62% of ALP voters approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing, compared to 33% of Greens voters and 20% of Liberal/National voters.

Preferred Prime Minister

May 9, 2017

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015 Dec 2014
Malcolm Turnbull 39% 11% 85% 12% 34%   39% 38% 39% 39% 39% 40% 54% 54%
Bill Shorten 31% 61% 4% 59% 17%   28% 26% 25% 28% 28% 29% 15% 15%
Don’t know 30%   27% 11% 30% 49%   32% 36% 36% 33% 33% 32% 31% 31%

39% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (unchanged from last month), and 31% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 3%).

The results were split by party, with 85% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 61% of ALP voters saying the Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (59% preferred) to Turnbull (12%).

Leader attributes – Bill Shorten

May 24, 2016

Q: Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

  Total   May 3 2016   Change
Hard working 60%   62%   -2
Intelligent 60%   60%  
Understands the problems facing Australia 50%   50%  
Superficial 44%   43%   +1
A capable leader 43%   41%   +2
Out of touch with ordinary people 42%   44%   -2
Narrow-minded 40%   40%  
Arrogant 40%   38%   +2
Erratic 37%   37%  
Good in a crisis 37%   34%   +3
Trustworthy 31%   33%   -2
Aggressive 30%   33%   -3
Intolerant 30%   31%   -1
Visionary 28%   29%   -1
More honest than most politicians 26%   26%  

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were hard working (60%), intelligent (60%) and understands the problems facing Australia (50%).

There have been no significant changes over the last 3 weeks.

Leader attributes – comparisons

May 24, 2016
  Malcolm Turnbull Bill Shorten   Difference
Out of touch with ordinary people 63% 42% +21
Intelligent 76% 60% +16
A capable leader 55% 43% +12
Visionary 40% 28% +12
Arrogant 51% 40% +11
Good in a crisis 48% 37% +11
More honest than most politicians 36% 26% +10
Trustworthy 37% 31% +6
Superficial 48% 44% +4
Intolerant 34% 30% +4
Narrow-minded 41% 40% +1
Aggressive 31% 30% +1
Hard-working 60% 60%
Understands the problems facing Australia 47% 50% -3
Erratic 34% 37% -3

Compared to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull is more likely to be considered out of touch with ordinary people (+21), intelligent (+16%), a capable leader (+12%) and visionary (+12%).

Leader trust to handle issues

May 24, 2016

Q: Which leader – Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten – would you trust most to handle the following issues? 

  Malcolm Turnbull Bill Shorten Don’t know   Difference
Regulating the banking and finance sector 33% 27% 39%   +6
Supporting Australia’s manufacturing industries 30% 31% 39%   -1
Ensuring big companies pay their share of tax 28% 34% 38%   -6
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef 21% 27% 52%   -6
Funding hospitals 27% 35% 38%   -8
Addressing climate change 21% 29% 50%   -8
Making housing more affordable for first home buyers 23% 32% 44%   -9
Looking after the needs of pensioners 21% 35% 44%   -14
Funding public schools 24% 40% 36%   -16
Maintaining workers’ wages and conditions 21% 43% 35%   -22

Bill Shorten is trusted more for maintaining workers’ wages and conditions (+22), funding public schools (+16) and looking after the needs of pensioners (+14).

Approval of Bill Shorten

Apr 12, 2016

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Nov 2013
June 2014
Dec 2014
Jun 2015
Dec 2015
Jan 2016
Feb 2016
Mar 2016
Total approve 30%   60% 16% 44% 14%   31% 38% 35% 32% 27% 27% 27% 27%
Total disapprove 44%   18% 65% 39% 62%   27% 40% 39% 45% 47% 47% 48% 47%
Strongly approve 5%   13% <1% 6% 1%   5% 7% 7% 6% 4% 4% 5% 3%
Approve 25%   47% 15% 38% 13%   26% 31% 28% 26% 23% 23% 22% 24%
Disapprove 22%   16% 25% 25% 33%   17% 22% 23% 27% 26% 28% 26% 29%
Strongly disapprove 22%   2% 40% 14% 29%   10% 18% 16% 18% 21% 19% 22% 18%
Don’t know 25%   22% 20% 18% 24%   43% 22% 26% 22% 25% 26% 25% 26%

30% (up 3%) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 44% (down 3%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -20 to -14.

60% (up 9%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 18% (down 6%) disapprove.

30% of men and 30% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 51% of men and 38% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 12, 2016

Q: Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Sep 2015
Oct 2015
Nov 2015
Dec 2015
Jan 2016
Feb 2016
Mar 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 44% 17% 79% 31% 37% 53% 48% 55% 54% 51% 52% 48%
Bill Shorten 22% 52% 3% 40% 10% 17% 19% 14% 15% 18% 15% 19%
Don’t know 34% 31% 18% 29% 53% 30% 33% 31% 31% 31% 33% 33%

44% (down 4%) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 22% (up 3%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

49% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 22% prefer Bill Shorten.

39% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 23% prefer Bill Shorten.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Oct 6, 2015

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote
ALP
Vote Lib/Nat Vote
GRN
Vote Other   Nov ’13 June ’14 Dec ’14 Mar ’15 Jun ’15 Jul ’15 Aug ’15 Sep ’15
Total approve 30% 57% 20% 27% 13% 31% 38% 35% 34% 32% 27% 29% 29%
Total disapprove 42% 21% 66% 40% 60% 27% 40% 39% 39% 45% 52% 52% 50%

Strongly approve

6% 12% 3% 5% 3% 5% 7% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 5%
Approve

24% 45% 17% 22% 10% 26% 31% 28% 29% 26% 22% 25% 24%

Disapprove

25% 18% 33% 34% 29% 17% 22% 23% 21% 27% 28% 31% 27%

Strongly disapprove

17% 3% 33% 6% 31% 10% 18% 16% 18% 18% 24% 21% 23%

Don’t know

27% 21% 14% 34% 27% 43% 22% 26% 27% 22% 21% 19% 21%

30% (up 1%) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 42% (down 8%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -21 to -12. Don’t know has increased from 21% to 27%.

57% (down 1%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 21% (no change) disapprove.

30% of men and 29% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 48% of men and 37% of women disapprove.

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