Better Prime Minister

Oct 14, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Oct 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

July 2014

Aug 2014

Sep 2014

Tony Abbott

38%

7%

85%

12%

29%

41%

39%

36%

34%

37%

35%

Bill Shorten

32%

63%

2%

56%

30%

22%

33%

40%

37%

36%

36%

Don’t know

30%

29%

13%

32%

41%

37%

28%

24%

29%

27%

30%

38% (up 3% since September) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (down 4%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister. This is Tony Abbott’s best figure since April.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41% to 33% and women prefer Tony Abbott 36% to 30%.

Better Prime Minister

Sep 9, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

11 Mar

11 June

8 July

12 Aug

Tony Abbott

35%

5%

82%

9%

22%

41%

39%

36%

34%

37%

Bill Shorten

36%

69%

5%

60%

33%

22%

33%

40%

37%

36%

Don’t know

30%

26%

13%

32%

45%

37%

28%

24%

29%

27%

35% (down 2% since August) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (no change) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 39% to 36% and women prefer Bill Shorten 35% to 30%.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 12, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/  Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

8 July

Tony Abbott

37%

6%

84%

6%

22%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

34%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

2%

55%

31%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

37%

Don’t know

27%

22%

14%

39%

47%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

29%

37% (up 3% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42% to 35% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 33%.

Better Prime Minister

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

Tony Abbott

34%

4%

79%

2%

31%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

Bill Shorten

37%

73%

5%

66%

17%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

Don’t know

29%

23%

16%

32%

52%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

37% (down 3% since June) of respondents think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (down 2%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Bill Shorten 38% to 37% and women prefer Bill Shorten 35% to 31%.

Better Prime Minister

Jun 11, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

22 Oct 2013

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

Tony Abbott

36%

7%

81%

6%

31%

41%

43%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

Bill Shorten

40%

75%

6%

72%

28%

22%

33%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

Don’t know

24%

18%

14%

22%

41%

37%

24%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

40% (up 3% since May) of respondents think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (no change) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Bill Shorten 39% to 37% and women prefer Bill Shorten 42% to 34%.

Better Prime Minister

May 13, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

8 April

Tony Abbott

36%

4%

81%

4%

23%

41%

42%

42%

40%

42%

Bill Shorten

37%

74%

3%

60%

35%

22%

27%

31%

30%

32%

Don’t know

28%

22%

16%

36%

42%

37%

31%

27%

31%

26%

37% of Australians believe Bill Shorten would make a better Prime Minister than Tony Abbott. This is just 1% more than selected Tony Abbott (36%).

28% don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister.

Since this question was last asked in April 2014, Tony Abbott has dropped -6% as preferred Prime Minister (down from 42%) and Bill Shorten has gained +5% (up from 32%).

Males (38%) were slightly more likely than females (34%) to select Tony Abbott. There was no difference between the genders in their preference from Bill Shorten, with 37% of males and 36% of females selecting him. Females (30%) were more likely than males (25%) to select ‘don’t know’.

Those aged 55+ (51%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (26%) or 30-55 (32%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those aged 30-55 (42%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (31%) or 55+ 30%) to select Bill Shorten. A very large number of those aged under 30 selected don’t know (44%).

Those in NSW (42%) were far more likely than those in QLD (28%) or VIC (34%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those in QLD (44%) were more likely to select Bill Shorten (just 34% of those in NSW and 35% of those in VIC selected Bill Shorten).

Better Prime Minister

Feb 11, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

Tony Abbott

40%

9%

83%

14%

17%

41%

42%

43%

42%

Bill Shorten

30%

64%

1%

50%

22%

22%

27%

33%

31%

Don’t know

31%

26%

16%

36%

60%

37%

31%

24%

27%

40%  (down 2%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 30% (down 1%) favour Bill Shorten. 31% (up 4%) could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 43%/29% among men and 36%/30% among women.

Better Prime Minister

Sep 24, 2013

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Anthony Albanese?

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

74%

11%

Anthony Albanese

31%

58%

5%

51%

Don’t know

33%

35%

21%

38%

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

75%

2%

Bill Shorten

32%

58%

6%

55%

Don’t know

32%

35%

19%

43%

Tony Abbott is preferred to Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister by 37% to 31% and to Bill Shorten by 37% to 32%.

Among Labor voters both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese are preferred 58% to 7%.

In comparison, immediately after the 2010 election Julia Gillard was preferred over Tony Abbott by 47% to 35%.

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