Essential Report

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. It has recently been announced that children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions can receive the Pfizer vaccine in Australia once enough vaccines are available.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), how long would you wait before getting them to take it?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 50% 54% 46% 43% 46% 74% 54% 54% 44% 35%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 39% 42% 44% 46% 19% 37% 41% 45% 52%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 14% 8% 7% 9% 5% 11% 12%
Base (n) 392 168 224 122 206 64 144 132 38 45

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA* WA*
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 58% 49% 50% 31% 31%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 30% 46% 41% 58% 54%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 12% 4% 8% 11% 16%
Base (n) 123 94 84 31 41

*Caution: Small base sizes

  • Half of parents say would have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, while 41% would not do it straight away. 10% say they would never vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Intention to vaccinate their children as soon as possible is highest among parents who are men (54%), those aged over 55 (74%), and Labor and Coalition voters (54% respectively). Parents in NSW are most likely to vaccinate their children as soon as possible (58%).

Support for mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Some have suggested that Covid-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk (e.g. healthcare, aged and disability care, education).

To what extent would you support or oppose mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 52% 53% 51% 40% 49% 65% 54% 57% 47% 45%
Somewhat support 23% 23% 22% 29% 23% 17% 23% 24% 24% 22%
Neither support nor oppose 15% 14% 15% 19% 15% 11% 14% 10% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 5% 6% 4% 7% 5% 2% 5% 4% 6% 2%
Strongly oppose 6% 4% 8% 5% 8% 4% 4% 4% 3% 14%
TOTAL: Support 75% 76% 73% 69% 72% 82% 77% 82% 72% 67%
TOTAL: Oppose 10% 9% 12% 12% 13% 7% 9% 8% 9% 15%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Three-quarters of people would support the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk, with just 10% opposing.
  • Support is highest among those aged over 55 (82%). Over half of both Coalition and Labor voters would strongly support the introduction of mandatory vaccines for high-risk workers (57% and 54%).
  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Strongly support 59% 50% 56% 36% 43%
Somewhat support 22% 21% 19% 32% 28%
Neither support nor oppose 11% 16% 17% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 4% 5% 3% 6% 7%
Strongly oppose 5% 8% 5% 7% 5%
TOTAL: Support 80% 71% 75% 68% 71%
TOTAL: Oppose 9% 13% 8% 13% 11%
Base (n) 352 277 219 87 109

 

Responsible party for managing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Aug 17, 2021

Q. If Covid-19 vaccinations became mandatory for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk, which of the following do you think should be responsible for managing this compliance?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 39% 42% 35% 38% 39% 39% 40% 40% 41% 35%
State governments 30% 29% 31% 32% 31% 27% 30% 31% 25% 29%
Employers 31% 29% 34% 30% 30% 34% 30% 29% 34% 37%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government 35% 42% 37% 46% 39%
State governments 34% 26% 31% 27% 29%
Employers 31% 32% 31% 27% 32%
Base (n) 352 277 219 87 109
  • More people think the federal government should be responsible for managing vaccine compliance among high-risk works (39%) than state governments (30%), or individual employers (31%).

Views towards workplace Covid-19 vaccination programs

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Some employers are asking the government to allow workplace vaccination programs where employees can get a Covid-19 vaccine at work (in the same way employees can get flu shots at work).

Which of the following 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
The government should indemnify employers who provide Covid-19 vaccinations to their employees through workplace vaccination programs 68% 68% 68% 58% 68% 77% 69% 72% 66% 59%
If employers insist their employees get vaccinated against Covid-19 through workplace vaccination programs, employers should be the ones liable if anything goes wrong 32% 32% 32% 42% 32% 23% 31% 28% 34% 41%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • The majority of people think the government should indemnify employers who provide Covid-19 vaccinations to their employees through workplace vaccination programs (68%). This is over twice as many who think that employers should be the ones liable if anything goes wrong through workplace vaccination programs.

Concern about climate threats to Australia listed in IPCC report

Aug 17, 2021

Q. A recently released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that changes to the earth’s climate are “unequivocally the result of human actions”, and increased global temperatures will cause unprecedented changes to the earth’s climate unless drastic action is taken over the next 10 years.

To what extent are you concerned about each of the following threats to Australia which the IPCC has listed in the report?

  TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
More extreme and frequent bushfires, with longer fire seasons 81% 19% 43% 38% 14% 6%
Increased frequency of droughts in drier areas 79% 21% 40% 39% 15% 6%
Increased sea temperatures damaging marine ecosystems 76% 24% 37% 39% 18% 6%
More frequent heavy rainfall causing river floods and worse storms 75% 25% 32% 42% 19% 6%
Sea levels around Australia continuing to rise, causing coastal erosion and threatening communities 72% 28% 32% 40% 20% 8%
  • There is high concern for all impacts of climate change affecting Australia identified in the latest IPCC report.
  • 81% say they are concerned about the threat of more extreme and frequent bushfires (43% very concerned), and 79% are concerned about the increased frequency of drought in drier areas (40% very concerned).
  • Despite having the lowest concern of the threats, 72% of people say they are concerned with rising sea levels causing coastal erosion.
TOTAL:

Concerned

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
More extreme and frequent bushfires, with longer fire seasons 81% 76% 85% 81% 83% 78% 87% 75% 92% 75%
Increased frequency of droughts in drier areas 79% 76% 82% 77% 84% 76% 84% 74% 91% 76%
Increased sea temperatures damaging marine ecosystems 76% 71% 80% 78% 80% 70% 83% 68% 93% 67%
More frequent heavy rainfall causing river floods and worse storms 75% 69% 80% 76% 79% 69% 81% 68% 87% 65%
Sea levels around Australia continuing to rise, causing coastal erosion and threatening communities 72% 66% 78% 73% 77% 67% 80% 64% 91% 68%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122

Support for government actions to combat IPCC report-listed climate threats

Aug 17, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following government actions?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 7% 41% 29% 23% 4% 3%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 13% 34% 29% 24% 7% 6%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 13% 33% 29% 25% 7% 6%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 14% 32% 29% 25% 7% 7%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 17% 29% 23% 31% 9% 8%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 24% 22% 24% 30% 12% 11%
  • The majority of people would support the introduction of many of the changes to policy listed. 70% support greater government funding for installation of rooftop solar panels and household battery storage, and 63% support the introduction of a levy to high carbon-emitting industries.
  • 61% of people support both setting a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emission target for 2030, and the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030. Just over half (53%) support the end of public funding for coal and gas mining in Australia.
  • 47% are in favour of the phase-out of new petrol cars by 2030.
TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 70% 71% 65% 73% 72% 75% 68% 85% 66%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 59% 66% 61% 68% 58% 72% 55% 82% 50%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 61% 62% 64% 66% 55% 70% 54% 85% 50%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 60% 62% 66% 64% 54% 72% 52% 82% 53%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 54% 52% 56% 58% 44% 63% 43% 76% 39%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 48% 45% 53% 51% 36% 51% 42% 76% 37%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Those aged 18-34 have higher support than those aged over 55 for all measures, except greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage.
  • Coalition voters and those voting for a minor party or independent candidate have the lowest support for the introduction of all these measures. Labor and Greens voters are the most likely to support all measures.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Aug 3, 2021

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

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
TOTAL: Approve 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64%
TOTAL: Disapprove 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076

 

TOTAL: Approve Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 50% – this is the lowest approval rating in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval remains the same as last month at 40%. This continues to be the highest disapproval rating in the last 12 months.
  • The PM’s approval rating has decreased in NSW (50%, from 53% last month) and VIC (45% this month, from 49% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 3, 2021

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

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
TOTAL: Approve 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29%
Don’t know 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has decreased to 34%, down from 41% last month.
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese has increased since last month, now at 38% (from 35%). 28% say they are unsure of his performance.
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