State Government response to Covid-19

Sep 8, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05
NSW 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70%
VIC 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71%
QLD 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66%
SA 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80%
WA 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86%
  • Positive rating of the NSW Government’s continues to slide, with another -2%pts movement this week to 57%. This is down from a high of 70% in June.
  • Positive rating of the Victorian Government remains steady at 50%, though the majority of this survey was completed before the announcement of the lock-down extension in Victoria on Sunday 6th
  • Positive rating of the Queensland state government’s handing dropped to 66% this week from 73% a fortnight ago.

Expected restriction levels

Sep 8, 2020

Q. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, what do you expect will happen to the restriction levels in your local area over the next two months?

  07/09 24/08
 
I expect restrictions will become tighter 15% 39%
I expect no change to the restrictions 43% 39%
I expect restrictions will have eased 42% 22%
Base (n) 1,076 1,058

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I expect restrictions will become tighter 15% 19% 9% 20% 10% 9%
I expect no change to the restrictions 43% 46% 31% 48% 42% 53%
I expect restrictions will have eased 42% 35% 60% 32% 48% 38%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • A general expectation of an easing of restrictions in the next two months suggests Australians feel the worst effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have passed. Just 15% think tighter restrictions will be required in the next two months and 42% expect an easing of restrictions.
  • The expectation of easing restrictions is highest in Victoria (60%), as this state currently has the strictest requirements. The majority of this survey was completed before the announcement of the lock-down extension in Victoria on Sunday 6th

Responsibility for Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Sep 8, 2020

Q. In your opinion, who is most responsible for the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

  07/09 24/08
 
Federal Government 31% 28%
State or Territory governments 28% 30%
Aged Care providers 41% 42%
Base (n) 1,076 1,068

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Federal Government 31% 36% 27% 37% 35% 22% 42% 23% 34% 34%
State or Territory governments 28% 29% 28% 37% 27% 23% 26% 33% 31% 17%
Aged care providers 41% 36% 45% 26% 38% 55% 32% 44% 35% 49%
Base (n) 1076 524 552 326 365 385 321 390 108 138
  • Responsibility for the outbreaks in aged care is shared between Federal and state governments, an aged care providers. Consistent with results a fortnight ago, 42% say the providers hold the most responsibility (42% in last poll), 31% identify the Federal government (no change from 28%) and 28% the state governments (from 30%).
  • Women, people aged over 55 and Coalition voters are most likely to hold aged care providers responsible, while Labor voters are more likely to say the Federal government has the most responsibility (42%).

Statements about Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Sep 8, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

TOTAL: AGREE 07/09 24/08
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 77%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 69% 71%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 67%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 72% 70%

 

  TOTAL: AGREE TOTAL: DISAGREE Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 15% 38% 39% 11% 4% 8%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 69% 20% 30% 39% 15% 5% 11%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 20% 26% 41% 15% 5% 13%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 72% 17% 36% 36% 12% 5% 11%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: AGREE Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 77% 78% 66% 78% 86% 83% 79% 78% 79%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 69% 71% 67% 58% 70% 78% 74% 72% 62% 77%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 71% 63% 66% 74% 61% 67% 69% 70% 71%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 72% 71% 73% 64% 74% 76% 79% 71% 84% 69%
Base (n) 1,076 524 552 326 365 385 321 390 108 138
  • Perceptions of the causes of the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities are consistent with previous results. A majority of people believe that there was insufficient preparation from authorities (77% agreement) and that long-term underfunding of aged care facilities has worsened the impact (72%)
  • Similar numbers also agree that the hygiene and care standards in private care homes has contributed to the spread of (69%) and that community transmission from friends and families of residents has also contributed to the spread (67%).

Coronavirus concerns

Sep 8, 2020

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

  07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05
Very concerned 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33%
Quite concerned 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47%
Not that concerned 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16%
Not at all concerned 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4%
Base (n) 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073
  • Concern about Covid-19 has eased this week with 37% very concerned about the threat (down from 50% in early August).

State and Federal Government Working Together

Sep 8, 2020

Q. How well do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together on issues to address the Covid-19 pandemic?

  Total   State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very well 17% 21% 8% 15% 19% 24%
Quite well 46% 46% 49% 48% 47% 40%
Quite poorly 22% 19% 28% 19% 21% 23%
Very poorly 8% 8% 10% 10% 6% 3%
Unsure 6% 7% 5% 7% 7% 8%
TOTAL: Well 64% 66% 57% 64% 66% 65%
TOTAL: Poorly 30% 27% 38% 29% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • People believe that more could be done between the Federal and State governments to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Less than a fifth of people (17%) think the Federal government and their state government are working together very well. While 46% say they are working together quite well, 30% rate the working relationship as poor.
  • The Federal and Victorian governments are seen to have the worst relationship, with 57% of Victorians saying the Federal government is working well with their state government, but just 8% believe they are working very well together.

Change in Working together

Sep 8, 2020

Q. And, how do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together now compared to earlier in the pandemic?

  Total   State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
A lot better 13% 14% 10% 14% 16% 14%
A little better 27% 32% 28% 25% 26% 16%
No better or worse 30% 30% 26% 31% 33% 33%
A little worse 15% 14% 20% 14% 12% 19%
A lot worse 7% 6% 12% 8% 4% 5%
Unsure 6% 5% 4% 8% 10% 12%
TOTAL: Better 41% 46% 38% 39% 41% 31%
TOTAL: Worse 23% 20% 32% 22% 16% 24%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • Overall, most people believe the working relationship between the Federal and their state government has improved (41%) or stayed the same (30%) during the pandemic. 25% think the relationship between the governments has deteriorated.
  • Victorians are most likely to think the relationship between the Federal and state governments has got worse (32%).

State and Federal governments working together on specific issues

Sep 8, 2020

Q. How well do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together on the following issues?

  Total   State
TOTAL: Working well together NSW VIC QLD SA WA
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 51% 49% 42% 58% 58% 50%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 68% 64% 66% 65% 77% 75%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 52% 54% 37% 57% 67% 59%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 67% 65% 61% 71% 73% 74%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 68% 67% 65% 67% 81% 68%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • Around two-thirds think their state and Federal governments are working well together to address the issues of inter-state infections (68%), Trade and supply (68%) and education (67%). While half think they are working well together to minimise the spread in aged-care facilities (51%) and promoting inter-state travel (52%).
  • Victorians have the lowest rating of the relationship – particularly for issues of aged care facilities (42% say Federal and state governments are working well together) and interstate travel (37%).
NSW TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 49% 42% 18% 31% 25% 17% 9%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 64% 27% 19% 45% 18% 9% 9%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 54% 33% 18% 36% 21% 12% 13%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 65% 26% 19% 45% 17% 9% 10%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 67% 29% 22% 45% 18% 10% 4%

 

VIC TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 42% 51% 10% 32% 31% 20% 7%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 66% 29% 18% 48% 19% 9% 6%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 37% 42% 11% 26% 27% 15% 21%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 61% 30% 14% 47% 22% 8% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 65% 29% 20% 45% 19% 10% 6%

 

QLD TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 58% 33% 17% 41% 20% 13% 9%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 65% 25% 19% 45% 17% 8% 10%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 57% 28% 18% 39% 21% 8% 15%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 71% 20% 15% 56% 12% 8% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 67% 29% 23% 44% 19% 10% 4%

 

SA TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 58% 32% 17% 41% 14% 18% 10%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 77% 11% 16% 61% 7% 3% 12%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 67% 16% 16% 51% 9% 7% 18%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 73% 16% 21% 52% 10% 6% 11%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 81% 14% 33% 48% 8% 6% 5%

 

WA TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 50% 35% 19% 30% 22% 13% 16%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 75% 17% 24% 51% 13% 4% 8%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 59% 28% 22% 36% 22% 6% 13%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 74% 17% 18% 56% 14% 4% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 68% 24% 28% 40% 16% 8% 8%
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