Preferred Prime Minister

Feb 13, 2018

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   Jan 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 42%   18% 84% 19% 35%   42% 42% 43% 39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 27%   55% 6% 35% 22%   25% 28% 29% 26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 31%   27% 10% 46% 43%   33% 31% 28% 34% 36% 33% 32% 31%


42% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister (no change from last month), and 27% thought Bill Shorten would be better (up 2%). 31% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 84% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 55% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (35%) to Malcolm Turnbull (19%).

43% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 30% prefer Bill Shorten.

40% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 24% prefer Bill Shorten.