Influence of the United States of America

May 26, 2020

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with the United States of America, how do you rate the influence of the United States of America on each of the following aspects?

  TOTAL: Positive TOTAL: Negative Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 54% 25% 15% 39% 17% 8% 20%
Australia’s international trade 48% 34% 11% 36% 23% 11% 19%
Australia’s culture 43% 36% 10% 33% 25% 11% 20%
Australia’s politics 41% 39% 10% 31% 26% 13% 20%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 47% 32% 10% 38% 22% 10% 21%

 

TOTAL: Positive influence May’20 Aug’19 Change
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 54% 65% -11%
Australia’s international trade 48% 56% -8%
Australia’s culture 43% 51% -8%
Australia’s politics 41% 43% -2%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 47% 57% -10%
Base 1,087 1,096

 

NET: Positive influence   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 54% 60% 49% 48% 67% 36% 58%
Australia’s international trade 48% 53% 42% 45% 58% 35% 45%
Australia’s culture 43% 49% 38% 42% 52% 28% 47%
Australia’s politics 41% 47% 35% 34% 55% 23% 39%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 47% 53% 42% 40% 60% 33% 45%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 323 428 100 120
  • Compared to August 2019, participants are less likely to see the United States of America as a positive influence on Australia; with defence and American corporations operating in Australia seeing the largest drop (down 11% and 10%) respectively.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to rate America’s influence on Australia as positive, than Greens voters.

Most beneficial country to strengthen our relationship with

May 26, 2020

Q. Given the choice between the United States of America and China, which country do you think it would be most beneficial for Australia strengthen our relationship with?

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
United States of America 42% 46% 39% 36% 56% 16% 48%
China 18% 22% 15% 22% 15% 25% 15%
Neither 24% 20% 27% 29% 18% 37% 26%
Don’t know 16% 11% 19% 12% 10% 21% 10%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 323 428 100 120

 

  May’20 Aug’19 Change
United States of America 42% 38% 4%
China 18% 28% -10%
Neither 24% 18% 6%
Don’t know 16% 15% 1%
Base 1,087 1,096
  • Now 42% of participants believe it would be more beneficial to strength our relationship with the United States of America (up 4%), but a quarter say we should strengthen our relationship with neither country (24%, up 6%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to say we should strengthen our relationship with America (56%), while Greens voters would prefer to strengthen our relationship with neither country (37%).

Closer or more distant social connections

May 26, 2020

Q. Since the start of the lockdown restrictions, do you feel closer or more distant from each of the following people in your life?

  My partner My children My extended family My neighbours My friends My workmates
I feel closer 36% 35% 18% 13% 13% 11%
It has not affected our relationship 53% 52% 55% 64% 52% 53%
I feel more distant 11% 13% 27% 23% 34% 36%
Base 797 716 964 942 1,012 680

 

TOTAL: I feel closer   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
My partner 36% 36% 36% 49% 36% 24%
My children 35% 32% 38% 50% 41% 22%
My extended family 18% 18% 18% 24% 19% 13%
My neighbours 13% 14% 12% 15% 13% 12%
My friends 13% 13% 14% 19% 11% 11%
My workmates 11% 11% 11% 13% 11% 8%

 

TOTAL: I feel more distant   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
My partner 11% 11% 11% 15% 12% 6%
My children 13% 13% 12% 11% 10% 15%
My extended family 27% 26% 28% 31% 27% 24%
My neighbours 23% 21% 24% 23% 21% 24%
My friends 34% 32% 36% 42% 34% 28%
My workmates 36% 34% 39% 47% 32% 24%
  • More than half of participants don’t feel closer or more distant to the social connections in their life, varying between 64% for neighbours and 52% for children and friends.
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say they feel closer to their partner (49%), children (50%) and extended family (24%) – but more distant from their friends (42%) and workmates (47%).
  • Participants over 55 are most likely to say their social connections haven’t been affected by the lockdown restrictions.

Coronavirus concerns

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 33% 32% 33% 35% 35% 30%
Quite concerned 47% 46% 45% 50% 46% 48%
Not that concerned 16% 17% 18% 13% 15% 16%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 5%
Base (n) 1,073 339 349 385 730 343
  • In the only significant change from last week, the proportion of 35-54 year olds who are very concerned about the threat of Covid-19 drops from 39% to 33%.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 19, 2020

Q. How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Covid-19?

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 6% 6% 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 25% 24% 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 48% 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 21% 21% 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 6% 8% 8% 3% 7% 4%
Somewhat likely 25% 25% 29% 21% 26% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 43% 42% 59% 48% 49%
Very unlikely 21% 24% 21% 17% 19% 24%
Base (n) 1,073 339 349 385 730 343

 

 

Government response to Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 3% 5% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 3%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 10% 9% 3% 7% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 15% 25% 16% 10% 15% 20%
Quite good 41% 38% 43% 47% 38% 38% 43% 35%
Very good 32% 31% 33% 14% 32% 47% 31% 35%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 8% 14% 13% 5% 11% 11%
TOTAL: Good 73% 69% 76% 61% 70% 85% 74% 70%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385 730 343

State Government response to Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 33% 34% 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 72% 73% 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 3% 5% 3% 3% 2% 0%
Quite poor 8% 7% 10% 8% 5% 4%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 15% 24% 13% 10%
Quite good 39% 43% 38% 39% 39% 33%
Very good 33% 27% 33% 26% 41% 52%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 14% 10% 7% 5%
TOTAL: Good 72% 70% 71% 66% 80% 86%
Base (n) 1,073 352 267 216 85 104

Easing restrictions

May 19, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 9% 12% 7% 8% 9% 10%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 15% 11% 16% 12% 12%
Within the next month 23% 24% 21% 24% 19% 25%
By the end of next month 22% 22% 22% 22% 24% 19%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 22% 29% 19% 27% 30%
Unsure 8% 5% 10% 10% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385
  • Openness to easing the lockdown restrictions continues to increase, with just a quarter (25%) now believing it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.
  • Women (29%) and those over 55 years (30%) are most likely to believe it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.
Pages:«1234567...498»

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Download this week's Report

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.