Essential Report

Better leadership during Covid-19 – PM vs state leader

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Who do you think has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia?

  TOTAL: All states
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 30%
TOTAL: State Premier / Chief Minister 52%
Don’t know 19%
Base (n) 1,109
  • The majority of people (52%) think their state leaders have demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia than the Prime Minister.
  • About a third (30%) think the opposite is true – that the PM has performed better than state leaders and 19% don’t know.
  • The pattern of people thinking their state leader has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the pandemic than the Prime Minister is consistent across each state. This is most apparent in WA where 76% think their premier, Mark McGowan, has demonstrated better leadership than Scott Morrison.
  • Note: Due to small base sizes results for ACT, TAS and NT are not shown.
  TOTAL: NSW TOTAL: VIC TOTAL: QLD TOTAL: SA TOTAL: WA
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 29% 34% 32% 29% 19%
State Premier / Chief Minister 44% 49% 55% 50% 76%
Don’t know 27% 17% 13% 21% 5%
Base (n) 338 297 225 91 107

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