Essential Report

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jun 8, 2021

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

Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
TOTAL: Approve 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27%
Don’t know 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 57% (58% in May).
  • Disapproval has increased from 32% last month to 36% this month, on par with level in April (37%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jun 8, 2021

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

Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
TOTAL: Approve 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28%
Don’t know 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is unchanged at 39%.
  • Similarly, the proportion of people disapproving of Albanese and those unsure are both consistent with last month (36% and 24% respectively).

Preferred Prime Minister

Jun 8, 2021

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

  Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
Scott Morrison 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27%
Don’t know 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • Just under half (48%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (50% last month).
  • 28% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (24% in May). 24% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Change in views towards federal government

Jun 8, 2021

Q. In the last year have your views towards Scott Morrison’s federal government become more or less favourable?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 40% 40% 39% 44% 40% 36% 54% 24% 51% 49%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 25% 29% 22% 24% 28% 24% 19% 39% 17% 17%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 35% 31% 39% 32% 32% 41% 27% 37% 32% 34%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 34% 48% 39% 37% 45%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 27% 25% 24% 34% 19%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 39% 27% 37% 29% 35%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 40% of Australians say they now view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. A quarter (25%) say they view this more favourably than they did a year ago, and 35% say their views on the federal government have not changed.
  • Compared to other Australians, Victorians are more likely to say they view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. Just under half (48%) of Victorians say this, followed by 45% of Western Australians, 39% of Queenslanders, 37% of South Australians and 34% of those in NSW.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

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

  07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
Very poor 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8%
Quite poor 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12%
Neither good nor poor 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22%
Quite good 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40%
Very good 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18%
TOTAL: Poor 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19%
TOTAL: Good 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59%
Base (n) 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076

 

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 53% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year when this question was first asked.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased in all states since last month, however it has fallen the most steeply in Victoria where it is now 42% (down 15 percentage points from 57% in May); disapproval of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 36% (from 22% last month) among Victorians.

State government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
NSW 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57%
VIC 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50%
QLD 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66%
SA 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74%
WA 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for NSW where it is consistent with last month’s rating.
  • With the ongoing resurgence of Covid-19 cases and the lockdown in Victoria, positive rating of the Victorian government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak has dropped to 48% (down 15 percentage points from 63% in May) – this is the lowest rating since last October; Disapproval of the Victorian government’s response to Covid-19 has increased to 32% (from 20% last month) among Victorians.
  • Positive ratings of the SA and QLD governments have dipped to 67% and 65% respectively (from 71% and 68% in May).
  • At 75%, positive rating of the WA government remains the highest of all states. Despite this, it has decreased to 75% from a high of 91% in March this year.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jun 8, 2021

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

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  07/06 10/05 26/04 15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  • Just over half of Australians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, or already have been vaccinated (52%), an increase from 44% last month.
  • Fewer people now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (36% from 42% last month).
  • 13% now say they would never get vaccinated.
VIC 07/06 10/05
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 56% 37%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 32% 44%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 19%
Base (n) 278 275
18-34 07/06 10/05
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 45% 32%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 48%
I’d never get vaccinated 15% 20%
Base (n) 347 340
  • More Victorians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible / have already been vaccinated compared to last month (56% from 37%); Fewer Victorians now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (32% from 44% last month), and fewer now say they would never get vaccinated (12% from 19% last month).
  • Similarly, more of those aged 18-34 now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible / already have been vaccinated compared to last month (45% from 32%); Fewer 18-34 year old’s now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (41% from 48% last month), and fewer now say they would never get vaccinated (15% from 20% last month).

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Jun 8, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, there are currently two vaccines available in Australia – the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 42% 37%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 27% 27%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 12% 14%
Unsure 13% 19%
Base (n) 1,104 1,090
  • More Australians would now be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine compared to last month (42% from 37%). This has been driven by a decrease in those unsure about their preference (from 19% last month to 13%).
  • Nearly a third (27%) still say they would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-29 30-49 50-69 70 and over Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 42% 48% 36% 28% 33% 49% 72% 40% 50% 41% 39%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 6% 7% 4% 13% 5% 2% 4% 6% 6% 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 27% 26% 28% 28% 34% 25% 13% 27% 28% 30% 23%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 12% 10% 15% 13% 12% 15% 7% 12% 9% 12% 21%
Unsure 13% 9% 17% 19% 17% 9% 5% 14% 8% 10% 14%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 233 386 339 146 346 404 108 141
  • While men are still more likely than women to be willing to get either vaccine (48% to 36% respectively), more women are now willing to get either vaccine (36% compared to 27% last month). This is in part driven by fewer women who are unsure about their stance (17% from 25% last month).
  • Willingness to get either vaccine increases with age – while 28% of those 18-29 would be willing to receive either vaccine, this increases to 72% of those 70 and over. Notably, willingness to get either vaccine among those aged 50-69 and 70 plus has increased to 49% and 72% respectively, from 40% and 61% last month.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to get either vaccine (50% to 40% Labor, 41% Greens and 39% minor and independent party voters).
  • Despite the recommendation against the AstraZeneca vaccine only applying to under 50s, those 50-69 are still on par with those under 50 in terms of their willingness to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine. The proportion of those who would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine and not the AstraZeneca vaccine is consistent across all age groups under 70 – 28% of those 18-29, 34% of those 30-49, 25% of those 50-69, compared to 13% of those 70 and over who would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine only.
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