Australian voters trust New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern far more than any Aussie politician – as it’s revealed female candidates are more ‘believable’ than men.

The country’s leader was 24 points more trustworthy than the most believable Australian politician, according to the 2019 leadership edition of the ‘Believability Index’ by OPR.

Ardern scored 77 out of 100 while prime minister Scott Morrison scored 43 and Bill Shorten scored 42.

The top four positions were all taken by women with Senator Penny Wong in second, Julie Bishop in third and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek in fourth.

The most believable Australian politician was Senator Wong with 53 points, closely followed by Julie Bishop with 52 and Tanya Plibersek with 50.

‘What’s clear is that Australians see our female candidates as having much greater leadership strength and believability than their male counterparts,’ the report said.

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