Essential Report

Agreement towards independent inquiry undermining the rule of law

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Following the allegations of rape and sexual assault against Attorney General Christian Porter last week, Scott Morrison has rejected calls for an independent inquiry, saying that “I don’t agree with that because I don’t agree with the precedent or the prima facie case for there being such a process… because that would say the rule of law and our police are not competent to deal with these issues.”.

To what extent do you agree with his suggestion that holding an independent inquiry would undermine the rule of law?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly agree 15% 20% 10% 4% 18% 21% 7% 25% 5% 18%
Somewhat agree 22% 24% 20% 20% 23% 23% 16% 31% 12% 23%
Neither agree nor disagree 31% 27% 34% 45% 29% 21% 31% 24% 36% 31%
Somewhat disagree 15% 13% 17% 19% 13% 13% 21% 11% 22% 7%
Strongly disagree 18% 17% 19% 12% 18% 22% 25% 9% 25% 21%
TOTAL: Agree 37% 44% 30% 24% 41% 43% 23% 57% 17% 41%
TOTAL: Disagree 33% 29% 36% 31% 31% 36% 46% 20% 47% 28%
Base (n) 1,124 553 571 337 383 404 375 410 98 142
  • People are split on Scott Morrison’s suggestion that holding an independent inquiry would undermine the rule of law. While 33% disagree with the Prime Minister’s suggestion, 37% agree and 31% are undecided.
  • Men are more likely than women to agree with this suggestion (44% to 30% respectively). Those over 55 and those aged 35-54 are also more likely to agree with it than the younger 18-34 cohort (43% and 41% to 24% respectively).

Views towards PM’s decision not to hold an independent investigation into Christian Porter allegations

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements regarding the Prime Minister’s decision not to hold an independent investigation into claims of rape and sexual assault against Attorney General Christian Porter 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
We need to respect the rule of law, we can’t have a trial by mob. The police has said they will not be pressing charges and that should be the end of the matter. 45% 49% 41% 36% 42% 55% 28% 63% 23% 52%
The Prime Minister needs an independent investigation to determine if the Attorney General is a fit and proper person to be the nation’s first law officer. 55% 51% 59% 64% 58% 45% 72% 37% 77% 48%
Base (n) 997 505 492 294 346 357 321 367 89 132
  • It’s closer to over half (55%) of people’s view that the Prime Minister needs an independent investigation to determine if the Attorney General is a fit and proper person to be the nation’s first law officer. The majority of women (59%) chose this option.
  • Greens and Labor voters are most likely to hold this view (77% and 72% respectively) compared to other voters (37% Coalition voters, 48% minor and independent party voters).
  • On the other hand, 45% think ‘We need to respect the rule of law, we can’t have a trial by mob. The police has said they will not be pressing charges and that should be the end of the matter.’ Men (49%), those over 55 (55%) and Coalition voters (63%) are mostly likely to align with this view.

Support towards aged care levy

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Last week the Royal Commission into the aged care system released its findings and recommendations.

A major recommendation was the introduction of a levy on all taxpayers to pay for the costs of aged care, similar to the Medicare levy. 

To what extent do you support or oppose the introduction of an aged care levy?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 12% 14% 11% 6% 15% 16% 11% 13% 14% 14%
Somewhat support 26% 27% 25% 23% 23% 32% 30% 26% 29% 19%
Neither support nor oppose 31% 29% 33% 46% 27% 23% 32% 27% 26% 32%
Somewhat oppose 14% 12% 15% 13% 15% 13% 14% 14% 12% 15%
Strongly oppose 17% 18% 15% 12% 21% 16% 13% 19% 19% 20%
TOTAL: Support 38% 41% 36% 29% 38% 48% 41% 40% 43% 33%
TOTAL: Oppose 30% 30% 30% 25% 36% 30% 27% 33% 31% 35%
Base (n) 1,124 553 571 337 383 404 375 410 98 142
  • While 38% support the introduction of an aged care levy, a third (30% oppose) and a further third are undecided (31%).
  • Significant difference in support is only seen among the three age cohorts. Unsurprisingly, support is higher with age (48% of those over 55 support the levy, followed by 38% of those 35-54 and 29% of those 18-34). Nearly half (46%) of those 18-34 are undecided about whether they would support or oppose the introduction of an aged care levy.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

  01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has fallen to 62% since last month, the lowest rating we’ve seen since November last year.

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • The rating of the VIC government has dropped further down to 49% (from 59% mid last month). This is the lowest rating since October last year.
  • Positive rating of the QLD and WA governments has decreased slightly to 73% and 85% respectively (from 76% and 88% mid last month).
  • Rating of the NSW and SA governments remain virtually unchanged at 72% and 78% respectively.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

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

  01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide rollout last week, about half (50%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a noticeable rise from the 42% in January. Correspondingly, fewer people now say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40% to 47% in January).
  • 1 in 10 say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

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

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 58% 42% 41% 44% 63% 50% 56% 58% 45%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 34% 46% 47% 43% 31% 41% 38% 33% 37%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 11% 13% 6% 10% 6% 8% 18%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (58%) and those aged over 55 (63%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (18%).

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be…

TOTAL: Confident 01/03 01/02
… done efficiently 68% 68%
… done safely 73% 72%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,074 1,092
  • With the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway, more people are now confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (64% to 58% last month).
  • Most people are also confident the rollout will be done efficiently (68%) and that it will be done safely (73%), consistent with levels last month.
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