Statements about Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Aug 25, 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 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% 14% 38% 39% 11% 3% 9%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 17% 32% 39% 13% 4% 12%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 19% 24% 42% 13% 6% 14%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 18% 34% 26% 14% 4% 12%

 

  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% 77% 69% 78% 83% 82% 79% 79% 73%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 73% 69% 62% 70% 78% 74% 74% 63% 73%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 72% 62% 69% 72% 61% 68% 73% 68% 58%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 70% 70% 69% 71% 70% 77% 68% 85% 67%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • There is acknowledgement in the community of a range of factors that have contributed to the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities. 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.
  • Similar numbers also agree that the hygiene and care standards in private care homes has contributed to the spread of (71%) and that community transmission from friends and families of residents has also contributed to the spread (67%).

Support for Measures to Limit Covid-19 Outbreak

Aug 25, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community?

  TOTAL: SUPPORT TOTAL: OPPOSE Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
All aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are automatically transferred to a public hospital 63% 17% 35% 28% 20% 10% 7%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home 52% 23% 27% 24% 25% 14% 9%
The closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens 65% 18% 39% 26% 17% 10% 8%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 must wear a tracking bracelet while self-isolating to ensure they don’t leave their homes 60% 20% 31% 29% 20% 11% 10%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: SUPPORT Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
All aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are automatically transferred to a public hospital 63% 63% 63% 49% 62% 78% 65% 67% 60% 57%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home 52% 52% 52% 44% 51% 60% 55% 53% 47% 43%
The closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens 65% 63% 68% 51% 65% 78% 68% 69% 56% 61%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 must wear a tracking bracelet while self-isolating to ensure they don’t leave their homes 60% 60% 60% 45% 61% 71% 63% 62% 47% 59%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • Around two-thirds of people support the closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens (65%), with similar numbers also supporting the transfer to a public hospital of all aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 (63%) and the compulsory wearing of a tracking bracelet during self-isolation for people diagnosed with Covi-19 (60%).
  • Just over half of people support the requirement for any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home (52%). Support for this proposition is lowest among those aged 18-34 (44%) and Greens voters (47%).

 

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 25, 2020

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

  24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
Very concerned 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34%
Quite concerned 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49%
Not that concerned 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3%
Base (n) 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has eased this week with 40% very concerned about the threat (down from 50% earlier in the month).

Government funding for gas pipelines

Aug 25, 2020

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the use of taxpayer money to fund a gas pipelines in Australia?

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly oppose 13% 15% 11% 13% 16% 11% 17% 7% 29% 19%
Somewhat oppose 14% 14% 14% 17% 15% 10% 17% 11% 22% 11%
Neither support, nor oppose 32% 27% 37% 36% 28% 33% 34% 29% 29% 36%
Somewhat support 16% 19% 13% 10% 17% 20% 12% 24% 8% 15%
Strongly support 11% 17% 5% 10% 10% 13% 9% 16% 7% 9%
Unsure 14% 9% 19% 14% 14% 14% 10% 13% 6% 11%
TOTAL: Oppose 27% 28% 26% 29% 31% 21% 35% 18% 51% 29%
TOTAL: Support 27% 36% 18% 21% 27% 33% 21% 40% 15% 24%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • Overall, support and opposition towards government funding for gas pipelines is equal (both 27%). 32% neither support nor oppose and 14% are unsure on the issue
  • Support for funding is highest among men (36%), those aged over 55 years (33%) and Coalition voters (40%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Aug 11, 2020

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

Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19
TOTAL: Approve 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41% 39% 40% 45% 45% 47% 49%
TOTAL: Disapprove 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49% 52% 52% 43% 41% 38% 36%
Don’t know 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10% 9% 8% 13% 13% 15% 15%
Base (n) 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 24% 15% 46% 2% 14%
Approve 42% 40% 45% 39% 47%
Disapprove 14% 20% 4% 37% 16%
Strongly disapprove 9% 15% 2% 17% 10%
Don’t know 11% 10% 4% 5% 14%
TOTAL: Approve 66% 56% 91% 40% 61%
TOTAL: Disapprove 23% 35% 6% 54% 26%
Base (n) 1,010 311 413 78 94

 

  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is on par with the previous month, now at 66% compared to 63% in July.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister among is at 91% among Coalition supporters, over half among Labor voters (56%) but lower among Greens voters (40%). 61% of those intending to vote for a minor party or independent candidate approve of the PM.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 11, 2020

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

Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19
TOTAL: Approve 44% 44% 43% 42% 44% 41% 41% 43% 39% 37% 40% 36%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 28% 30% 27% 29% 33% 31% 30% 28% 34% 29% 31%
Don’t know 25% 28% 26% 31% 27% 26% 28% 27% 33% 29% 31% 33%
Base (n) 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 11% 22% 6% 8% 2%
Approve 33% 47% 31% 46% 15%
Disapprove 20% 13% 28% 15% 26%
Strongly disapprove 10% 2% 18% 8% 21%
Don’t know 25% 15% 18% 23% 36%
TOTAL: Approve 44% 70% 36% 53% 17%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 15% 46% 24% 47%
Base (n) 1,010 311 413 78 94

 

  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is consistent this month, at 44%, the same in July (44%).
  • Albanese’s approval among Labor voters remains relatively low at 70%, compared to Morrison’s approval among Coalition voters (91%).

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 11, 2020

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19
Scott Morrison 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40% 36% 36% 44% 43% 46% 44%
Anthony Albanese 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35% 36% 39% 28% 28% 25% 28%
Don’t know 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25% 28% 25% 29% 29% 29% 28%
Base (n) 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 29% 84% 32% 59%
Anthony Albanese 22% 45% 7% 37% 9%
Don’t know 26% 26% 9% 30% 31%
Base (n) 1,010 311 413 78 94

 

  • Half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (52% to 22%). Still a quarter (26%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 84% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (7%).
  • Less than half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (45%) compared to Morrison (29%). 26% said they didn’t know who would make the better leader.

Most important issues when voting

Aug 11, 2020

Q. If a federal election were held today, how important would the following issues be in deciding which party you vote for?

  Very important Quite important A little important Neither important nor unimportant A little unimportant Quite unimportant Very unimportant
Stop community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible 62% 18% 7% 7% 2% 1% 4%
Manage the economy 54% 25% 10% 7% 1% 2% 3%
Create jobs 51% 27% 10% 7% 1% 2% 3%
Provide support for those in financial need 42% 31% 14% 7% 2% 2% 2%
Reduce national debt 34% 28% 17% 12% 3% 3% 3%
Work with other countries’ leaders appropriately 34% 32% 16% 11% 2% 2% 2%
Improve the education system 33% 31% 19% 11% 3% 2% 2%

 

VERY IMPORTANT   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Stop community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible 62% 64% 64% 49% 64%
Manage the economy 54% 54% 66% 29% 63%
Create jobs 51% 53% 54% 33% 57%
Provide support for those in financial need 42% 49% 39% 38% 45%
Reduce national debt 34% 31% 41% 19% 45%
Work with other countries’ leaders appropriately 34% 39% 35% 23% 31%
Improve the education system 33% 39% 28% 28% 27%
Base (n) 1,010 311 413 78 94

 

  • Stopping community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible is the most important issue at present with 62% of participants saying it’s ‘very important’ compared to more than half who said ‘manage the economy’ (54%).
  • At this time, reducing the national debt (34%), working with international leaders (34%) and improving the education system (33%) were seen of lesser importance.
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