Preferred Prime Minister

May 16, 2019

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

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other May 2019 Apr 2019 Mar 2019 Jan 2019 Dec 2018 Nov 2018 Oct 2018
Scott Morrison 39% 9% 80% 14% 42% 42% 40% 44% 42% 40% 41% 42%
Bill Shorten 32% 69% 7% 47% 17% 31% 31% 31% 30% 29% 29% 27%
Don’t know 28% 22% 12% 39% 41% 27% 29% 26% 28% 31% 29% 31%
  • Support for Scott Morrison has dipped this week, 39% believe him to be the better PM (down 3%pts from 41% last week). This is as low a score from the Liberal leader since assumed the position in September 2018.
  • Bill Shorten is seen as less preferable than Scott Morrison, with 32% thinking he would make the better PM. However this is his highest score during the tenure of Scott Morrison as PM (up 5%pts from 27% in September 2018) and a 1%pt increase from 31% last week.
  • The results were split by party allegiance, with 80% of Liberal/National voters saying that Scott Morrison would be a better Prime Minister (no change from last week), and 69% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would (up 6%pts from 63%).
  • Younger voters (those aged 18-34) think Bill Shorten would be the better PM (37%) compared to Scott Morrison (29%). Whereas voters aged over 55 would prefer Scott Morrison (49%) over Bill Shorten (29%).