Essential Report

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 31, 2021

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

Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
TOTAL: Approve 37% 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29%
Don’t know 27% 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 37% (34% last month).
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese is now at 36% (38% last month). 27% say they are unsure of his performance.

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 47% 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50%
Anthony Albanese 26% 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25%
Don’t know 27% 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082
  • 47% of Australians continue to think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (45% last month).
  • Just over a quarter (26%) think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (same last month). 27% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Views towards re-electing the federal Coalition government

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Which is closer to your own view about the federal Coalition government?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Deserves to be re-elected 36% 43% 29% 26% 35% 45% 14% 71% 18% 25%
Time to give someone else a go 41% 40% 42% 50% 36% 38% 65% 14% 69% 46%
Unsure 23% 17% 29% 24% 29% 17% 21% 16% 13% 29%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Deserves to be re-elected 34% 37% 35% 40% 37%
Time to give someone else a go 45% 37% 42% 39% 37%
Unsure 21% 26% 23% 21% 25%
Base (n) 349 276 219 89 111
  • When thinking about whether the current government should be re-elected, 41% think it’s time to give someone else a go, compared to 36% who think the federal Coalition government deserves to be re-elected. 23% are unsure.
  • Those most likely to think the current government deserves to be re-elected include men (43%), those over 55 (45%), and Coalition voters (71%).
  • People aged 18-34 (50%), Labor voters (65%), and Greens voters (69%) are the most likely to think it’s time to give someone else a go.
  • NSW residents are more likely to think it’s time to give someone else a go than Victorians (45% to 37% respectively).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11
Very poor 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6%
Quite poor 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8%
Neither good nor poor 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19%
Quite good 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41%
Very good 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13%
TOTAL: Good 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034

 

TOTAL: Good 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 39% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (41% earlier in the month), with 36% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 is unchanged from earlier this month among those in NSW (34%, still the lowest recorded rating in NSW).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 31, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11
NSW 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76%
VIC 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60%
QLD 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72%
SA 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70%
WA 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 40% from 47% earlier this month.
  • Positive rating of the state government in Victoria has dropped by 12 percentage points to 44%, from 56% mid-August.
  • Although it remains the highest of all states, positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased 9 percentage points to 78% from 87% mid-August.
  • Positive rating of the SA government has increased by 8% in the past two weeks to 76%, the best rating since March.

Biggest barrier to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Which of the following do you think is currently the biggest barrier to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Unwillingness among people who are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to get vaccinated 48% 50% 47% 43% 44% 57% 41% 60% 30% 52%
A shortage of supply of Covid-19 vaccines for people who are eligible and willing to get vaccinated 52% 50% 53% 57% 56% 43% 59% 40% 70% 48%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119
  • The general population is split on the biggest barrier to the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout; Just over half (52%) think the biggest barrier is a shortage of supply of Covid-19 vaccines for people who are eligible and willing to get vaccinated, while just under half (48%) think it’s an unwillingness among people who are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to get vaccinated.
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely than younger cohorts to think the biggest barrier is related to an unwillingness to get vaccinated among those who can (57% to 44% of those aged 35-54, and 43% of those aged 18-34).
  • Coalition voters are also more likely than other voters to think unwillingness is the main issue (60% to 41% Labor voters, 30% Greens voters and 52% minor/independent party voters).
  • There is no difference in views across states.

Views towards level of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Thinking about the latest Covid-19 lockdown in your area, do you think the restrictions are…?

[Asked only to respondents with lockdown restrictions in their area]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Too strong 27% 30% 24% 24% 28% 30% 21% 32% 26% 43%
About right 61% 58% 65% 63% 60% 61% 67% 60% 66% 43%
Too weak 11% 11% 12% 13% 13% 9% 12% 8% 8% 14%
Base (n) 925 465 460 308 324 293 324 344 80 97

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Too strong 28% 35% 20% 12% 30%
About right 56% 57% 70% 70% 70%
Too weak 16% 8% 11% 18% 0%
Base (n) 345 275 156 58 51
  • 61% of people under lockdown restrictions think the lockdown restrictions in their area are about right. 27% think they’re too strong and 11% too weak.
  • Victorians are most likely to think their restrictions are too strong (35%). In comparison, 28% of NSW residents think their restrictions are too strong. Those in NSW are more likely than Victorians to think the restrictions there are too weak (16% to 8% respectively).

Clarity of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

Aug 31, 2021

Q. How clear and easy to understand are the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions/rules affecting the area you live in?

[Asked only to respondents with lockdown restrictions in their area]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very clear and easy to understand 40% 42% 39% 32% 45% 44% 43% 44% 36% 27%
Fairly clear and easy to understand 42% 40% 45% 54% 36% 37% 42% 42% 46% 37%
Not that clear and easy to understand 12% 11% 13% 10% 12% 14% 11% 10% 15% 22%
Not at all clear and easy to understand 5% 7% 4% 4% 6% 6% 4% 4% 3% 14%
Base (n) 925 465 460 308 324 293 324 344 80 97

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very clear and easy to understand 29% 50% 44% 46% 50%
Fairly clear and easy to understand 44% 36% 48% 37% 45%
Not that clear and easy to understand 19% 10% 7% 10% 4%
Not at all clear and easy to understand 8% 4% 2% 7% 1%
Base (n) 345 275 156 58 51
  • Most people understand the Covid-19 restrictions in their area, with 40% saying they are very clear and easy to understand, and 42% saying they are fairly clear and easy to understand.
  • Restrictions in NSW are less clear than in Victoria. Just 29% in NSW say the restrictions are very clear and easy to understand (50% in Victoria).

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