Polling brief – Ministerial Recognition

The Australia Institute surveyed 1,557 Australians between 27 March and 7 April 2018 about which Commonwealth Ministers they recognised. Respondents could select any number of Ministers from a randomised list of the full cabinet, or “none of the above”.

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  • Nearly all Ministers are recognised by a third of respondents or less. Most of the cabinet is recognised by less than a quarter of respondents. Only four Ministers are recognised by most respondents.
  • Rankings must be read with caution: levels of recognition for most Ministers are low, close together and do not change much between polls.
  • Julie Bishop remains the most recognised Minister (79%); her recognition has declined since in March 2016 (88%).
  • Peter Dutton has risen to third most recognised Minister (57%) while Scott Morrison has fallen to fourth (54%). This change is due to Scott Morrison’s decline in recognition (from 60% in March 2017); Peter Dutton’s recognition remains steady over the year.
  • Christopher Pyne remains second most recognised Minister (58%); his recognition has also declined, although less so, since March 2016 (63%).
  • Matthias Cormann (33%) and Greg Hunt (31%) remain fifth and sixth – where they have traded positions over previous polls.
  • Michaela Cash saw the largest increase in recognition (25% in September 2017, up to 31% in April 2018). This rise brings her to seventh position, accounting for the fall in ranking of Josh Frydenberg and Kelly O’Dwyer, whose recognition remains largely unchanged in recent polls.
  • The new Nationals leader Michael McCormack is eleventh, about the middle.
  • Respondents on average selected 6.5 Ministers. Only 10% selected “None of the above”.

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