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.

Better Prime Minister

Oct 6, 2015

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   Abbott Shorten

Sep 2015

Malcolm Turnbull 48% 28% 80% 34% 36% 53% 32%
Bill Shorten 19% 41% 5% 27% 12% 17% 35%
Don’t know 33% 30% 14% 39% 51% 30% 32%

48% (down 5% from 2 weeks ago) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 19% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

50% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 20% prefer Bill Shorten.

46% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 18% prefer Bill Shorten.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 11, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Other   Oct 2013 June 2014 Mar 2015 Apr 2015 May 2015 Jun 2015 Jul 2015
Tony Abbott 36% 9% 83% 3% 24% 41% 36% 33% 32% 35% 38% 37%
Bill Shorten 32% 68% 4% 58% 15% 22% 40% 37% 35% 32% 33% 30%
Don’t know 31% 23% 14% 40% 61% 37% 24% 30% 33% 33% 29% 33%

36% (down 1% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

37% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 33% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Tony Abbott 36% to 32%.

Leader attributes – Bill Shorten

Jun 2, 2015

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

Oct 2013

May 2014

Dec 2014

Feb 2015

Total 2 Jun 2015

Change

Intelligent

69%

66%

66%

62%

61%

-1

Hard working

65%

66%

64%

61%

60%

-1

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

53%

52%

49%

-3

Superficial

37%

42%

41%

41%

44%

+3

A capable leader

49%

51%

46%

47%

43%

-4

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

39%

40%

45%

42%

-3

Arrogant

35%

36%

35%

39%

39%

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

38%

37%

38%

-1

Narrow-minded

31%

35%

36%

38%

34%

-4

Trustworthy

34%

36%

34%

33%

33%

Erratic

30%

32%

30%

31%

33%

+2

Visionary

33%

30%

30%

30%

29%

-1

More honest than most politicians

27%

32%

29%

29%

29%

Aggressive

31%

32%

29%

28%

28%

Intolerant

30%

29%

27%

30%

27%

-3

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (61%), hard working (60%), understands the problems facing Australia (49%), superficial (44%) and a capable leader (43%).

Overall, there has been little change in Bill Shorten’s ratings since February.

Approval of Bill Shorten

May 12, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Oth.   June 2014 Sep 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015 Apr 2015
Total approve 32% 56% 18% 29% 17% 38% 35% 35% 39% 33% 34% 33%
Total disapprove 41% 21% 63% 43% 47% 40% 36% 39% 33% 38% 39% 42%
Strongly approve 4% 8% 1% 5% 7% 5% 7% 7% 8% 5% 6%
Approve 28% 48% 17% 24% 17% 31% 30% 28% 32% 25% 29% 27%
Disapprove 23% 18% 27% 35% 20% 22% 22% 23% 19% 21% 21% 25%
Strongly disapprove 18% 3% 36% 8% 27% 18% 14% 16% 14% 17% 18% 17%
Don’t know 27% 23% 18% 27% 36% 22% 29% 26% 28% 29% 27% 25%

32% (down 1% since April) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 41% (down 1%) disapprove – for no change in his net rating of -9.

56% (down 5%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 21% (up 3%) disapprove.

32% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 49% of men and 34% of women disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Apr 14, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Greens Vote Other   Nov 2013 Mar 2014 June 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015
Total approve 33% 61% 18% 30% 9% 31% 32% 38% 35% 39% 33% 34%
Total dis-
approve
42% 18% 65% 40% 59% 27% 39% 40% 39% 33% 38% 39%
Strongly approve 6% 14% 3% 4% 5% 4% 7% 7% 7% 8% 5%
Approve 27% 47% 15% 26% 9% 26% 28% 31% 28% 32% 25% 29%
Dis-
approve
25% 17% 30% 33% 36% 17% 24% 22% 23% 19% 21% 21%
Strongly dis-
approve
17% 1% 35% 7% 23% 10% 15% 18% 16% 14% 17% 18%
Don’t know 25% 22% 18% 30% 32% 43% 29% 22% 26% 28% 29% 27%

33% (down 1% since March) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 42% (up 3%) disapprove – for a change in net rating from -5 to -9.

61% (no change) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 18% (no change) disapprove.

35% of men and 30% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 46% of men and 39% of women disapprove.

Bill Shorten leader at next election

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Do you think Bill Shorten is likely or unlikely to still be the leader of the Labor Party at the next election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Likely

47%

59%

45%

47%

44%

Unlikely

20%

12%

28%

13%

29%

Don’t know

33%

29%

27%

40%

27%

47% think that Bill Shorten is likely to still be leader of the Labor Party at the next election and 20% think it is unlikely.

All voter groups were more likely to think he would still be leader.

Better Prime Minister

Dec 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

 

Oct 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Oct 2014

Nov 2014

Tony Abbott

31%

4%

74%

3%

22%

41%

39%

36%

35%

38%

36%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

6%

62%

24%

22%

33%

40%

36%

32%

34%

Don’t know

33%

23%

20%

34%

54%

37%

28%

24%

30%

30%

29%

31% (down 5% since November) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

35% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 35% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 37% to 27%.

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