Essential Report

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?

TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… done efficiently 68% 74% 61% 67% 64% 73% 66% 78% 66% 58%
… done safely 73% 80% 67% 71% 69% 80% 70% 84% 78% 61%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 72% 57% 63% 61% 69% 64% 75% 65% 52%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout is relatively high across all demographics, those who are older are more confident than younger cohorts. For example, 80% of those over 55 are confident it will be done safely, compared to 69% those aged 35-54 and 71% of those 18-34. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Out of all voters, Coalition voters are the most confident that the vaccine rollout will be done safely, with 84% who are confident and of this, over a third (33%) who are very confident.

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change from May’20 May’20 Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Good in a crisis 59% -7% 66% 32% 51% 41%
Trustworthy 52% -4% 56% 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 50% -1% 51% 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 41% -7% 48% 30% 42% 38%
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% +9% 47% 62% 56% 54%
Avoids responsibility 49%
In control of their team 56%
Base (n) 1,074 1,059 1,081 1,088 1,026
  •  Over half (56%) now think Scott Morrison is out of touch with ordinary people. This is up 9 percentage points since May’20 (47%).
  • Fewer Australians think the Prime Minister is good in a crisis (down 7 percentage points since May’20 to 59%) and that he is visionary (also down 7% percentage points since May’20 to 41%).
  • Less people also think he is trustworthy (down 4 percentage points to 52%) and about the same number think he is more honest than most politicians (50%).

Views towards gender equality in Australia

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about gender equality in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Mar’21 Change from Jun’20 Jun’20 Sep’18 Mar’16
Gender equality, meaning that men and women are equal, has come far enough already 45% -2% 47% 47% 38%
Gender equality has already been mostly achieved 50% -1% 51% 47% 41%
Work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people 60% +4% 56% 45% 39%
There should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position 83% +3% 80% 78% 78%
Although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go 76% +5% 71% 66% 71%
Base (n) 1,074 1,085 1,030 1,001
  • 76% of people agree that although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go (up 5 percentage points since June last year) and consistent with the upwards trend since Sep’18.
  • 60% now think work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people and 83% think there should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position. Agreement towards these statements has risen slightly by 4 and 3 percentage points respectively since Jun’20.
  • Slightly fewer think gender equality has come far enough already (down 2 percentage points to 45%) and half (50%) still think gender equality has already been mostly achieved.

Views towards gender equality in Australia

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about gender equality in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gender equality, meaning that men and women are equal, has come far enough already 45% 56% 34% 45% 51% 39% 40% 52% 22% 52%
Gender equality has already been mostly achieved 50% 62% 39% 52% 54% 45% 46% 58% 29% 55%
Work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people 60% 63% 57% 69% 65% 47% 61% 57% 60% 64%
There should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position 83% 77% 89% 82% 82% 86% 87% 83% 87% 77%
Although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go 76% 69% 82% 78% 77% 72% 80% 69% 92% 74%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Agreement that there should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position is high overall, with 89% of women and 77% of men agreeing. Of this, 73% of women and 49% of men strongly agree.
  • Many also agree although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go, with 82% of women and 69% of men in agreement with this (respectively, 50% and 38% strongly agree).
  • However, men are still more likely than women to agree that gender equality has come far enough already (56% to 34%) and that it has already been mostly achieved (62% to 39%).

Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Public service 50% 42% 14% 37% 30% 11% 8%
Private companies 48% 42% 11% 37% 31% 12% 9%
Political offices 34% 59% 10% 24% 33% 26% 7%
Sporting clubs 40% 51% 10% 29% 35% 17% 9%
Entertainment industry 36% 55% 11% 25% 36% 20% 8%
  • Overall, trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women is lacking. However, there is the least trust in political offices – 59% don’t trust political offices to ensure this, and of this, nearly a third (26%) have no trust at all.
  • The entertainment industry tracks only slightly ahead of political offices with 55% not trusting it to ensure work is a safe place for women.
  • About half trust the public service and private companies (50% and 48% respectively) to ensure this, however of this the majority only have some trust – only 14% and 11% have a lot of trust in public service and private companies respectively.

Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Mar 2, 2021

Q. How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

TOTAL: Trust Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Public service 50% 56% 45% 52% 55% 44% 51% 57% 53% 40%
Private companies 48% 56% 41% 48% 48% 49% 46% 56% 49% 49%
Political offices 34% 41% 27% 34% 38% 30% 30% 45% 21% 31%
Sporting clubs 40% 49% 30% 39% 42% 37% 40% 44% 26% 45%
Entertainment industry 36% 42% 31% 32% 43% 33% 37% 41% 25% 41%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While trust in political offices is low overall, just 27% of women trust political offices to ensure work is a safe place for them.
  • Compared to other voters, Greens voters are the least likely to trust political offices to ensure a safe working environment for women (21% to 30% Labor voters, 45% Coalition and 31% minor and independent party voters).

Views towards sexual assault of women in Parliament

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent allegations of rape and sexual assault from women working in Parliament?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The government has been more interested in protecting itself than the interests of those who have been assaulted 65% 62% 68% 66% 69% 61% 76% 51% 88% 69%
Women can face a hard time in workplaces in all professions, but politics has a particular problem with harassment and assault 61% 58% 64% 62% 64% 58% 67% 54% 75% 56%
Workplaces only change when women are equally represented in leadership positions 57% 52% 62% 60% 59% 53% 60% 52% 69% 57%
There is no difference in the way the different political parties treat women 45% 54% 37% 36% 44% 54% 41% 53% 30% 48%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • 65% agree the government has been more interested in protecting itself than the interests of those who have been assaulted, with Greens voters most likely to agree with this statement (88%), followed by Labor voters (76%) and minor and independent party voters (69%). About half (51%) of Coalition voters agree with this.
  • Less than half (45%) agree there is no difference in the way the different political parties treat women. Of this, 53% of Coalition voters agree, compared to 30% of Greens voters, 41% of Labor voters and 48% of minor and independent party voters.
  • 61% agree women can face a hard time in workplaces in all professions, but politics has a particular problem with harassment and assault. 44% of Greens voters strongly agree with this, compared to 34% Labor voters and 35% minor and independent party voters. Only 21% of Coalition voters strongly agree with this statement.
  • 57% agree workplaces only change when women are equally represented in leadership positions and while agreement towards this is consistent across most demographics, men are more likely than women to disagree (20% to 9% respectively).

Frequency of reading news on technology platforms

Mar 2, 2021

Q. How frequently do you use technology platforms like Google and social media to search for and read news articles?

  Mar’21 Sep’20
At least daily 49% 52%
At least once a week 24% 22%
At least once a month 7% 8%
Less frequently than one a month 10% 6%
Never 11% 11%
Base (n) 1,074 1,076

 

  Total Age Group
  18-34 35-54 55+
At least daily 49% 51% 58% 38%
At least once a week 24% 28% 25% 20%
At least once a month 7% 10% 6% 5%
Less frequently than one a month 10% 7% 6% 17%
Never 11% 4% 6% 20%
Base (n) 1,074 326 363 385
  • Just under half (49%) of adult Australians use Google and social media to search and read news on a daily basis (down 3 percentage points since Sep’20). A further 24% use these platforms at least weekly.
  • People aged 35-54 are the heaviest consumers of news through Google and social media, with 58% using these platforms on a daily basis.
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