Trust in institutions

Aug 11, 2020

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

  TOTAL: Trust TOTAL: Low trust Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
State & federal health authorities 69% 25% 28% 41% 18% 7% 6%
Australia’s border security agencies 67% 26% 21% 46% 17% 8% 7%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% 30% 22% 42% 20% 9% 6%
State or territory government 60% 34% 23% 37% 23% 11% 6%
The ABC 58% 34% 24% 34% 23% 11% 8%
The Commonwealth public service 56% 36% 14% 41% 29% 7% 8%
Federal parliament 55% 37% 17% 38% 26% 11% 8%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% 49% 10% 35% 35% 14% 6%
Print media 39% 55% 7% 31% 36% 18% 7%

 

  • Participants have most trust in state & federal health authorities (69%) and Australia’s border security agencies (67%).
  • News on commercial TV & radio (45%) and print media (39%) are trusted by less than half of participants.

Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis remains stable with 63% rating their response as very or quite good.

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

TOTAL: Very/Quite good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
New South Wales 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
Victoria 49% 53% 49% 67% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Queensland 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%

 

  • Since the start of the outbreak in Victoria last month, the Victorian state government rating has been the lowest of the three most populous states with around half (49% this week) saying the Victorian Government is doing a Very good, or quite good job responding to Covid-19.
  • New South Wales has also seen a decrease in rating, moving from 70% in June to 61% this week.

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 11, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Australia?

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very concerned 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32%
Quite concerned 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46%
Not that concerned 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has further increased with 50% of Australians ‘very concerned’, up from 43% last month.
  • Concern is higher among capital city residents (92%) compared to non-capital city residents (84%), and lower among those likely to vote for an independent or other party at an election (81%) than all other voters (91%).

Information about Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 10/08 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 66% 71% 70% 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 62% 65% 63% 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 55% 58% 52% 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 41% 42% 51% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,010 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 10% 29% 40% 21% 6% 4%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 14% 28% 38% 20% 8% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 16% 22% 40% 22% 11% 5%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 23% 15% 35% 27% 14% 8%

 

  • Agreement with these statements has increased since April, with the greatest increase in trust in the media (was 41% now 50%).
  • Broadly, participants over 55 are more likely to agree with these statements than those aged 18-34 years old.
  • Men are more likely than women to disagree that they trust the Government to provide honest and objective information (18% compared to 10% disagree).

Uptake of Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 11, 2020

Q. If and when a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available, how long would you wait before taking it?

    Gender Age group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 56% 60% 53% 50% 54% 64%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 35% 33% 37% 38% 37% 30%
I’d never get vaccinated 8% 7% 10% 11% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,010 505 505 302 331 377

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 66% 57% 43% 44%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 29% 36% 45% 34%
I’d never get vaccinated 5% 7% 10% 21%
Base (n) 311 413 78 94

 

Truth in statements about Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

Q. How confident are you that the following statements about Covid-19 are true?

  TOTAL: True TOTAL: Not true Definitely true Probably true Probably not true Definitely not true Unsure
It’s possible for people to have the virus and be contagious even if they don’t feel sick in any way 81% 12% 54% 27% 9% 3% 7%
Masks trap the carbon dioxide people exhale close to their faces and make it harder to breathe in oxygen 33% 51% 11% 22% 23% 28% 16%
It’s no more dangerous than a typical winter flu 32% 60% 15% 17% 15% 45% 9%
You don’t need to wear a mask if you are physically distancing 29% 61% 8% 21% 26% 35% 10%
The malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine, has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for Covid-19 20% 55% 7% 13% 21% 33% 26%

 

VIC: State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

VICTORIA ONLY 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 16% 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3%
Quite poor 14% 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11% 8%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15% 17%
Quite good 28% 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34% 32%
Very good 21% 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37% 40%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14% 11%
TOTAL: Good 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Base (n) 499 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275 275

 

TOTAL: Good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
NSW 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
VIC 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
QLD 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%
SA 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78% 76%
WA 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83% 79%

 

  • Victorian’s rating of their State Government’s performance has decreased with only 49% of Victorians saying their Government’s performance has been good. This is on par with the results a month ago.
  • Western Australia (86%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.
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