Essential Report

Australia’s international reputation and economy

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Thinking about Australia’s international reputation and economy, 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
Australia’s international reputation doesn’t matter, as long as we’re doing what’s right for our economy 30% 34% 25% 37% 29% 25% 22% 38% 24% 40%
Australia’s international reputation matters as it affects our economic performance 70% 66% 75% 63% 71% 75% 78% 62% 76% 60%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • More than twice the number of people think ‘Australia’s international reputation matters as it affects our economic performance’ than ‘Australia’s international reputation doesn’t matter, as long as we’re doing what’s right for our economy’ (70% to 30%).
  • Those most likely to think that international reputation matters include women (75%), those aged over 55 (75%), those voting for Labor (78%) or the Greens (76%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Nov 9, 2021

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

  08/11 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04
Very poor 11% 12% 12% 12% 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7%
Quite poor 18% 19% 18% 18% 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10%
Neither good nor poor 23% 24% 25% 25% 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21%
Quite good 36% 32% 32% 34% 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40%
Very good 12% 14% 13% 11% 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22%
TOTAL: Poor 29% 31% 30% 30% 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17%
TOTAL: Good 48% 46% 45% 45% 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62%
Base (n) 1,089 1,781 1,097 1,094 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368

 

TOTAL: Good 08/11 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04
NSW 50% 50% 48% 48% 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66%
VIC 45% 34% 37% 39% 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55%
QLD 49% 46% 50% 44% 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63%
SA 47% 52% 46% 42% 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62%
WA 54% 46% 49% 48% 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65%
  • 48% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (similar to last month, 46%), with 29% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the government’s handling of the pandemic has jumped in Victoria (34% to 45%) as the state’s lockdown restrictions are eased.

State government response to Covid-19

Nov 9, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 08/11 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04
NSW 57% 57% 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73%
VIC 56% 43% 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58%
QLD 62% 59% 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72%
SA 62% 66% 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75%
WA 78% 78% 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84%
  • Rating of Victoria’s state government increased this week, from 43% a fortnight ago to 56% – equivalent to the positive rating in NSW (57% positive rating).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Adults

Nov 9, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  08/11 11/10 27/09 13/09
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

85% 81% 75% 69%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 3% 6% 9% 11%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 6% 7% 10% 14%
I’d never get vaccinated 6% 7% 7% 6%
Base (n) 1,089 1,097 1,094 1,100

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

86% 88% 86% 72%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 3% 4% 5% 5%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 4% 6% 6%
I’d never get vaccinated 4% 3% 3% 16%
Base (n) 354 401 106 125
  • Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to increase, with 85% who have received at least a first dose. A further 3% are waiting to receive a first dose, even though they have already booked in.
  • Overall, 6% of people say they do not intend to get a vaccine, but this is highest among those intending to vote for a minor party at 16% (e.g. One Nation or UAP) or an independent candidate at the next federal election.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Everyone in Australia aged 12 years and over is currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, and children aged 5 to 11 could also be eligible by the end of November.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), which of the following best describes when you would get your child(ren) vaccinated?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

  08/11 17/08
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 65% 50%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 28% 41%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 7% 10%
Base (n) 390 392

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 69% 74% 74% 47%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 26% 20% 26% 33%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 6% 6% 0% 20%
Base (n) 126 147 31 44
  • 65% of those with dependent children would now get their child(ren) vaccinated at the earliest opportunity (up from 50% in August), with a further 28% who would wait before vaccinating.
  • Consistent with the wider population of adults, just a small minority (6%) of parents would not vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Parents voting for a minor or independent party (e.g. One Nation/UAP) are most likely to say they would not vaccinate their children (20%).

Impact of government’s net zero emissions 2050 target

Nov 9, 2021

Q. The federal government recently announced its plan for Australia to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050.

Do you think committing to get the country to net zero emissions by 2050 is enough action on climate change for Australia, or do we need to do more?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Net zero by 2050 is enough action on climate change for Australia 37% 44% 30% 35% 35% 40% 29% 51% 13% 46%
Net zero by 2050 is not enough action on climate change for Australia and we need to do more 43% 42% 44% 46% 43% 41% 52% 32% 78% 33%
Unsure 20% 14% 25% 19% 22% 19% 19% 17% 9% 21%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • More people think Australia needs to do more than its current 2050 commitments than those who think 2050 is enough (43% to 37%).
  • Those who want to see Australia take greater action against climate change include those aged 18-34 (46%), Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (78%).

Understanding of government’s net zero emissions 2050 target

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your understanding of the federal government’s plan for Australia to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It sets a clear target and provides a credible plan for how to get there 21% 25% 18% 23% 20% 20% 17% 32% 13% 14%
It sets a clear target but does not provide a credible plan for how to get there 36% 37% 36% 40% 36% 33% 38% 40% 35% 31%
It neither sets a clear target nor provides a credible plan for how to get there 22% 25% 20% 16% 20% 30% 27% 12% 43% 28%
Unsure 20% 14% 26% 21% 23% 17% 17% 16% 8% 27%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Just one-in-five people think the government’s plan to achieve its emission targets are clear and provide a credible plan (21%).
  • The majority think the plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is not credible. 36% say while they understand the target, the plan is not credible and a further 22% think the target is unclear and the plan not credible.
  • Among Coalition voters, 40% say while the target is clear, the plan is not credible.

 

Increasing emissions target ambitions

Nov 9, 2021

Q. In addition to its plan for Australia to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050, the federal government plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Which of the following approaches to acting on climate change and reducing emissions do you think is more important for Australia?

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Set a more ambitious target for 2030 43% 42% 45% 41% 43% 45% 55% 33% 69% 39%
Set a net zero target for 2050 25% 28% 22% 31% 26% 19% 21% 36% 22% 19%
Not set any targets for 2030 or 2050 11% 13% 9% 7% 9% 17% 7% 15% 3% 22%
Unsure 20% 17% 24% 21% 21% 19% 17% 16% 7% 21%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • 43% of people want to see a more ambitious target set for 2030 in order to achieve the net zero emission target in 2050. A quarter (25%) think setting targets for just 2050 is enough and 11% oppose setting any emissions targets.

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