Survey to find Australia's most popular politician produces shock result

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is more believable than any of Australia’s major politicians, according to a survey.

The 2019 Political Believability Index, conducted by research group Millward Brown and opr, surveyed 1400 Australians about politicians across the six dimensions of strong leadership.

The attributes were relevance, affinity, follow through, commitment, shared values and integrity. Scores were out of 100.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting Muslim representatives following the Christchurch mosque shooting. Source: AAP

The list was compiled of 12 politicians.

Jacinda Ardern scored the highest with 77 out of 100. New Zealand’s PM was 24 points ahead of Labor’s Penny Wong who placed second.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten scored 43 and 42 respectively but neither made the top five. Both fell behind Pauline Hanson who placed seventh.

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson was found to be more believable than both Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Source: AAP

Clive Palmer placed 12th with 30 points making him the least believable.

The survey also found female politicians made up the “top tier” of believability.

Asides from Ms Ardern and Ms Wong in the top five - the two others were Julie Bishop and deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek.

The only male politician in the top five was Labor’s Anthony Albanese.

Julie Bishop tops preferred prime minister poll

Participants were also asked about their preferences for prime minister from a list of “prominent politicians” with Ms Bishop the most popular at 14 per cent.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a score of 42 out of 100. Source: AAP

That’s despite the fact Ms Bishop will stand down following the May 18 election.

Mr Shorten and Mr Morrison polled second and third respectively.

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