Essential Report

Performance of Scott Morrison 

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
TOTAL: Approve 54% 50% 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 41% 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25%
Don’t know 9% 9% 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

TOTAL: Approve Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 54% 48% 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 52% 47% 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 60% 56% 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 43% 47% 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 51% 58% 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 54% (from 50% last month), with disapproval at 37% (41% in September).
  • While approval has increased in NSW (48% to 54%), Victoria (47% to 52%) and Queensland (56% to 60%), these have been drops in SA (47% to 43%) and WA (58% to 51%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Oct 12, 2021

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

Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
TOTAL: Approve 41% 37% 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40%
TOTAL: Disapprove 34% 36% 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33%
Don’t know 25% 27% 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27%
Base (n) 1,097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 41% (37% last month).
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese is now at 34% (36% last month) with a further 25% who say they are unsure of his performance.

Preferred Prime Minister

Oct 12, 2021

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

  Oct’21 Sep’21 Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Scott Morrison 45% 47% 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53%
Anthony Albanese 29% 26% 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24%
Don’t know 26% 27% 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24%
Base (n) 1.097 1,100 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • 45% of Australians continue to think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (47% last month).
  • 29% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (26% last month). 27% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Oct 12, 2021

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

  11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
Very poor 12% 12% 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6%
Quite poor 18% 18% 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8%
Neither good nor poor 25% 25% 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24%
Quite good 32% 34% 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39%
Very good 13% 11% 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 30% 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14%
TOTAL: Good 45% 45% 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62%
Base (n) 1,097 1,094 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074

 

TOTAL: Good 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 48% 48% 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 37% 39% 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 50% 44% 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 46% 42% 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 48% 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 45% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (same as last month), with 30% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has stayed the same in NSW (48%), but increased in Queensland (44% to 50%) and SA (42% to 46%).

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 12, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72%
VIC 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49%
QLD 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73%
SA 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78%
WA 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 in NSW continues to increase (now 55%, up from 40% in August).
  • Rating of state governments has improved in Queensland (62% to 68%), and South Australia (55% to 67%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Oct 12, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  11/10 27/09 13/09
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

81% 75% 69%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 6% 9% 11%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 10% 14%
I’d never get vaccinated 7% 7% 6%
Base (n) 1,097 1,094 1,100

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

90% 82% 74% 74% 76%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 5% 4% 5% 10% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 2% 7% 11% 9% 11%
I’d never get vaccinated 3% 7% 10% 7% 7%
Base (n) 352 276 215 89 111

  

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

83% 87% 79% 68%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 7% 5% 6% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 5% 12% 9%
I’d never get vaccinated 4% 3% 4% 17%
Base (n) 362 414 94 138
  • Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to increase, with 81% who have received at least a first dose. A further 6% are waiting to receive a first dose, even though they have already booked in.
  • Overall, 7% of people say they do not intend to get a vaccine, but this is highest among those intending to vote for a minor party at 17% (e.g. One Nation or UAP) or an independent candidate at the next federal election. Just 3% of those in NSW say they would never get vaccinated – the lowest of all states.

Support for Federal ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

Q Oct’21 Nov’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 46% 45% 49% 42% 46%
Somewhat support 32% 36% 31% 33% 36%
Somewhat oppose 8% 5% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 3% 1% 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 11% 13% 13% 17% 14%
TOTAL: Support 78% 81% 80% 75% 82%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 6% 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,097 1,063 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 46% 49% 43% 38% 46% 52% 52% 40% 54% 51%
Somewhat support 32% 30% 35% 34% 32% 31% 31% 37% 24% 28%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 8% 5% 6% 10% 8% 7%
Strongly oppose 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 2% 2% 6%
Unsure 11% 7% 15% 12% 11% 10% 8% 10% 13% 8%
TOTAL: Support 78% 79% 77% 72% 78% 83% 84% 77% 78% 79%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 14% 8% 16% 11% 7% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Support for the establishment of a federal ICAC remains high at 78%, with 46% strongly supporting this. This is consistent with previous years.
  • A large majority of all demographics would support a federal ICAC.
  • There is strongest support among those aged over 55 (52% strongly support, Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (54%). Coalition voters were most likely to oppose a federal ICAC (13%).

Resignation of Berejiklian and need for ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Thinking about Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier, which is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 54% 40% 46% 44% 50% 59% 41% 56% 46%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 21% 21% 25% 21% 18% 16% 31% 14% 26%
Unsure 32% 25% 39% 29% 35% 32% 25% 28% 30% 28%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Overall, the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian has strengthened the support for a federal ICAC. 47% say they are now more supportive, with 21% less supportive and 32% unsure.
  Total State
  NSW All other states
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 48% 45%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 29% 16%
Unsure 32% 23% 38%
Base (n) 1,097 352 691
  • While greater support for a federal ICAC due to Berejiklian’s resignation is consistent between NSW and other states (48% to 45%), opposition is higher in NSW (29% to 16%).
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