100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Were minor parties the big winners? 3 experts on the final leaders' debate
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese faced off in the third and final leaders’ debate on Wednesday night on the Seven…
Former high commissioner attempts to confront PM on campaign trail – as it happened
This blog is now closed
Wage rise spike may stunt growth: minister
With 10 days until the election, Anthony Albanese is spruiking his plan to boost wages, while Scott Morrison turns his…
Labor demands answers on $500,000 payment to former staffer Rachelle Miller, Josh Frydenberg spruiks resilient economy
Labor frontbencher Jason Clare says the government needs to explain why the Commonwealth is set to pay former staffer Rachelle…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Party leaders battle over wage rises
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have traded barbs over wage growth and cost of living pressures in their third leaders'…
Leaders clash over wage rise for low paid
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have gone head to head for the third and final time in a leaders debate…
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Exhumed Corpse John Howard Is Sending Aussies Voicemails Like Some Wicked Call From The Dead
"HellOoOoOo it's JoOoOoOohn HoOoOoOoward."
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Canberra flu cases double, already higher than pre-pandemic years
The number of flu cases reported so far in Canberra this year is already at a higher level than most…
Rebels captaincy turns out to be no joke for Maitland half O'Donnell
O'Donnell led the Rebels to a 28-16 win over Canberra.
No pardon, but another public inquiry for convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg
The NSW attorney-general will make a statement about convicted child murderer Kathleen Folbigg, more than a year on from a…
Australia election 2022 live: Albanese seizes on real wage cuts as PM points to inflation; some polling booths may not open due to lack of staff
Follow Wednesday’s campaign live
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
'Oh man': Alleged murderer complains case is 'dragging on'
The man accused of a Kambah killing has been committed to the ACT Supreme Court for trial.
‘Second miracle’ or historic win from opposition? No one knows how this election journey will end
The only certainty is when we look in the rearview mirror on Sunday morning, the Australian election result will all…

Australians rate Morrison, Albanese out of 10 for trust, competency

A political scientist says Australians are typically tough on their political leaders. (ABC News)

As polling day draws closer, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese have ramped up attacks on each other's suitability to lead the country.

Mr Morrison has tried to paint his counterpart as inexperienced and weak.

Mr Albanese, on the other hand, has described Mr Morrison as a liar who is unable to take responsibility.

But what do voters think of the two men vying to be Prime Minister? You've told ABC Vote Compass.

Anthony Albanese scored an overall trust rating of 5.1 out of a possible 10. (ABC News: Toby Hunt)

Australians were asked to rate the leaders out of 10 on trust and competency.

Mr Albanese had an overall rating of 5.1, while Mr Morrison had an average rating of 3.3.

Greens leader Adam Bandt scored an overall average of 4.

Mr Albanese's rating is the highest of any leader over the previous Vote Compass surveys run in the previous four federal election campaigns since 2013 but is only slightly higher than Malcolm Turnbull (4.8) during the 2016 election campaign.

La Trobe University political scientist Andrea Carson said Australians were typically tough on their political leaders.

Mr Morrison has gone backwards since he last faced voters in 2019, at which time he received an average overall rating of 4 out of 10.

ABC election analyst Antony Green said it had been a difficult few years for Mr Morrison due to coronavirus and its impacts on the economy.

"Most leaders, their personal ratings do tend to decline over time," he said.

Scott Morrison scored an overall trust rating of 3.3 out of a possible 10. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

Labor and Green voters were relatively generous in their assessments of each others' leaders, but gave little credit to Mr Morrison.

But Coalition supporters still ranked Mr Albanese a 2.9 out of 10.

"The really interesting thing to watch here is that undecided voters are leaning more towards Albanese and ranking him higher than Scott Morrison, as are those who tend to vote for other parties.

"This is going to be important for preference flows potentially come the final polling day," Dr Carson said.

Women were tougher on Mr Morrison than men, but the two sexes were fairly evenly split in their overall ranking of Mr Albanese.

Mr Albanese rated 5.1 for competency, compared to Mr Morrison's 3.3, and 5.2 on trust, compared to Mr Morrison's 2.8.

Adam Bandt scored an overall trust rating of 4 out of a possible 10. (AAP: Gary Ramage)

Green said the Vote Compass data differed from opinion polls because it allowed individual ratings for each leader.

"The fact that Scott Morrison has gone down and Anthony Albanese is rating higher than Bill Shorten is in agreement with what you're seeing in opinion polls' preferred prime minister ratings," he said.

"Scott Morrison did rate higher than Bill Shorten last time, and Anthony Albanese is roughly equal with Scott Morrison at this election, so that shows you Scott Morrison has gone down and Labor is doing better than last time."

About the data

  • Vote Compass responses have been weighted by gender, age, education, language, religion, place of residence and past vote to match the Australian population, creating a nationally representative sample
  • Find out more about the methodology in this explainer
What are the key health issues in this election?
What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Were minor parties the big winners? 3 experts on the final leaders' debate
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese faced off in the third and final leaders’ debate on Wednesday night on the Seven…
Former high commissioner attempts to confront PM on campaign trail – as it happened
This blog is now closed
Wage rise spike may stunt growth: minister
With 10 days until the election, Anthony Albanese is spruiking his plan to boost wages, while Scott Morrison turns his…
Labor demands answers on $500,000 payment to former staffer Rachelle Miller, Josh Frydenberg spruiks resilient economy
Labor frontbencher Jason Clare says the government needs to explain why the Commonwealth is set to pay former staffer Rachelle…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Party leaders battle over wage rises
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have traded barbs over wage growth and cost of living pressures in their third leaders'…
Leaders clash over wage rise for low paid
Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have gone head to head for the third and final time in a leaders debate…
Get all your news in one place