Essential Report

Preference towards federal vs state government Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, which authority would you prefer to be responsible for the distribution of the vaccinations in your state or territory?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 38% 31% 50% 32% 38%
Your state or territory government 44% 54% 39% 44% 40%
Unsure 19% 16% 11% 24% 22%
Base (n) 1,092 361 400 97 126
  • 44% of Australians would prefer their state or territory government to be responsible for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations, compared to 38% who would prefer the federal government to take charge of this, and 19% are unsure.
  • Preference for their state or territory government to handle the rollout of vaccines is highest among Labor voters (54%), followed by 44% Greens voters, 40% minor and independent party voters and 39% Coalition voters.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

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

  TOTAL: Confident TOTAL: Not confident
… done efficiently 68% 26%
… done safely 72% 22%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 33%
  • Most Australians are confident in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia, with 68% confident that it will be done efficiently, 72% confident it will be done safely and 58% confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

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

TOTAL: Confident Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… done efficiently 65% 78% 66% 64%
… done safely 71% 80% 67% 61%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 59% 66% 57% 44%
  • Coalition voters are the most confident in the efficiency, safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout compared to other voters.

Confidence in efficiency of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

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

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 19% 23% 16% 16% 21% 20% 15% 29% 18% 16%
Fairly confident 48% 45% 51% 44% 47% 53% 50% 49% 48% 48%
Not that confident 19% 21% 17% 27% 16% 16% 22% 14% 22% 21%
Not confident at all 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 5% 7% 5% 8% 13%
Unsure 6% 4% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 2%
TOTAL: Confident 68% 68% 67% 60% 68% 73% 65% 78% 66% 64%
TOTAL: Not confident 26% 28% 25% 34% 25% 21% 29% 18% 30% 34%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • While confidence in the efficiency of the Covid-19 rollout is relatively high across all demographics, those who are older are more confident than younger cohorts (73% of those over 55 are confident, followed by 68% those 35-54 and 60% those 18-34).
  • Out of all voters, Coalition voters are the most confident that the vaccine rollout will be efficient, with 78% who are confident and of this, nearly a third (29%) who are very confident.

Confidence in safety of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

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

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 22% 24% 20% 18% 21% 27% 20% 29% 21% 22%
Fairly confident 50% 51% 49% 46% 48% 55% 51% 51% 46% 38%
Not that confident 15% 14% 15% 22% 16% 7% 17% 11% 19% 20%
Not confident at all 7% 6% 9% 8% 10% 4% 6% 6% 10% 14%
Unsure 6% 5% 8% 6% 6% 7% 6% 3% 3% 5%
TOTAL: Confident 72% 75% 69% 64% 69% 82% 71% 80% 67% 61%
TOTAL: Not confident 22% 21% 23% 31% 26% 11% 23% 17% 30% 34%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • Reflecting confidence in the efficiency of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, confidence it will be done safely is high overall as well. Again, those over 55 and Coalition voters have the most confidence in this (82% and 80% respectively).

Confidence in effectiveness Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 13% 18% 9% 13% 17% 10% 13% 17% 10% 14%
Fairly confident 44% 43% 45% 43% 42% 48% 47% 49% 47% 30%
Not that confident 23% 23% 23% 25% 22% 22% 25% 19% 21% 32%
Not confident at all 10% 9% 12% 11% 13% 7% 10% 7% 10% 17%
Unsure 9% 7% 11% 8% 7% 12% 6% 7% 13% 6%
TOTAL: Confident 58% 61% 54% 56% 58% 58% 59% 66% 57% 44%
TOTAL: Not confident 33% 32% 35% 36% 35% 30% 35% 26% 31% 49%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • However, when it comes to confidence in the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout at stopping the spread within the country, Australians are more cautious. While over half (58%) are confident in this, over a third (33%) are not confident.
  • Coalition voters are the most optimistic with 66% confident in the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout, followed by 59% Labor voters, 57% Greens voters and 44% minor and independent party voters.

Views towards early federal election

Feb 2, 2021

Q. Some have suggested that the Prime Minister might call an early election later in 2021. It is not due until 2022.

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
An early federal election in 2021 will be good for Australia, because a lot has changed since the last election 42% 42% 43% 50% 46% 31% 47% 39% 50% 41%
It would just be opportunism for the Prime Minister to call an early election, and the federal election should stay in 2022 58% 58% 57% 50% 54% 69% 53% 61% 50% 59%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • More Australians think it would just be opportunism for the Prime Minister to call an early election, and the federal election should stay in 2022 (58%), than those who think an early federal election in 2021 will be good for Australia, because a lot has changed since the last election (42%).
  • Most of those over 55 think the federal election should stay in 2022 (69%), compared to just over half of those 35-54 (54%) and half (50%) of those 18-34.
  • The majority of Coalition voters (61%) and Labor voters (53%) would prefer to keep the election for the next scheduled date in 2022.

Attitudes towards 2021 in comparison to 2020

Feb 2, 2021

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2021 will be a better or worse year than 2020 for each of the following?

  TOTAL:

Better than 2020

TOTAL:

Worse than 2020

No different to 2020
You personally 47% 13% 39%
Your job 34% 12% 54%
The economy 55% 22% 23%
The nation 56% 18% 25%
The planet 37% 30% 33%
  • Australians are generally optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020. People are expecting that 2021 will be a better year than 2020 for the nation (56%) and the economy (55%). Just under half (47%) think 2021 will be better for themselves personally.
  • Australians are less optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020 for the planet (37%).
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