Essential Report

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Jun 8, 2021

 Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

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

TOTAL: Confident 07/06 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 43% 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 67% 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 54% 52% 64% 58%

 

TOTAL: Confident State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
… are being done efficiently 47% 37% 46% 39% 46%
… are being done safely 69% 63% 65% 72% 70%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 55% 53% 52% 66% 52%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • Less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (43%, unchanged since last month). Victorians are the least confident in this (37%), closely followed by South Australians (39%).
  • 54% of Australians are confident the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be effective at stopping the virus within the country (52% last month), and 67% are confident that it is being done safely (63% last month).
TOTAL: Confident 18-34
07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 42% 50% 67%
… are being done safely 58% 57% 71%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 53% 53% 63%
Base (n) 347 359 326

 

TOTAL: Confident VIC
07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 37% 45% 67%
… are being done safely 63% 67% 76%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 53% 54% 66%
Base (n) 278 274 275
  • Victorians’ confidence in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout being done efficiently has fallen since March, from 67% to 37% this month.
  • Confidence among Victorians that the rollout is being done safely has also decreased since March (63% from 76% in March).
  • The confidence of those aged 18-34 in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout being done efficiently has also fallen. 42% are now confident the rollout is being done efficiently (from 50% in April, and 67% in March).
  • Confidence among those aged 18-34 that the rollout is being done safely has also decreased since March (58% from 71% in March).

Satisfaction with speed of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your view on how quickly the following groups of people are being vaccinated against Covid-19 in Australia?

They are being vaccinated…

  … more quickly than I would like … at about the right speed … more slowly than I would like Unsure
Residents and workers at aged care and disability facilities 11% 25% 49% 14%
Quarantine, border and frontline healthcare workers 12% 33% 39% 16%
Essential workers (e.g. teachers, police, fire, emergency services) 12% 34% 39% 15%
Adults with an underlying medical condition 11% 31% 37% 21%
Adults aged under 50 8% 36% 36% 20%
People aged over 50 10% 39% 35% 16%
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 10% 27% 32% 31%
  • About half (49%) of Australians think residents and workers at aged care and disability facilities are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like.
  • Quarantine, border and frontline healthcare workers, and essential workers (e.g. teachers, police, fire, emergency services) are next in line, with 39% of Australians who think these groups are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like, respectively.
TOTAL: … more slowly than I would like State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Residents and workers at aged care and disability facilities 45% 57% 50% 49% 43%
People aged over 50 30% 42% 34% 37% 40%
Adults aged under 50 32% 39% 35% 37% 42%
Adults with an underlying medical condition 33% 42% 39% 38% 36%
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 32% 36% 31% 31% 29%
Quarantine, border and frontline healthcare workers 33% 47% 42% 33% 35%
Essential workers (e.g. teachers, police, fire, emergency services) 34% 45% 42% 36% 35%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • Victorians are most likely to think residents and workers at aged care and disability facilities, and quarantine, border and frontline healthcare workers are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like (57% and 47% respectively).

Party most responsible for slow vaccine rollout

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Which do you think is MOST responsible for Australians being vaccinated more slowly than you would like?

[Asked only to those who think any one of the groups listed above are being vaccinated against Covid-19 more slowly than they would like]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 50% 52% 48% 48% 49% 52% 61% 36% 63% 59%
State and territory governments 23% 28% 17% 22% 23% 23% 14% 34% 15% 18%
International supply chains 8% 7% 8% 6% 7% 9% 9% 7% 5% 9%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 11% 8% 13% 14% 11% 8% 9% 15% 8% 9%
Unsure 9% 5% 13% 10% 10% 8% 8% 8% 8% 5%
Base (n) 755 374 381 225 222 308 250 284 78 95

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government 48% 58% 41% 39% 53%
State and territory governments 22% 21% 29% 34% 15%
International supply chains 8% 7% 6% 5% 14%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 12% 7% 12% 13% 14%
Unsure 10% 8% 12% 9% 4%
Base (n) 225 203 158 61 74
  • Half (50%) of those who said any one of the groups listed in the previous question are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like think the federal government is most responsible for the slow rollout of vaccinations.
  • Compared to other Australians, Victorians are most likely to think the federal government is most responsible (58% of Victorians, followed by 53% of Western Australians, 48% of those in NSW, 41% Queenslanders and 39% South Australians).
  • 23% think state and territory governments are most responsible; Men and Coalition voters are most likely to think this.

Time to return to normal

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

Within one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 18% 44% 30% 8%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 12% 34% 43% 11%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 18% 31% 31% 20%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 34% 44% 10%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 22% 35% 32% 11%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 14% 50% 29%
  • Most people think the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia in one to two years (44%). About a third (30%) think this will take more than two years. Only 18% expect the vaccine rollout to be completed within one year.

Victorian lockdown and federal support

Jun 8, 2021

Q. The Victorian government has criticised the federal government for rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines too slowly, leaving quarantine up to state governments, and not providing businesses with enough support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Which of the following statements 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
The Victorian government is raising valid concerns about the federal government’s performance 55% 52% 58% 62% 55% 50% 73% 38% 65% 45%
The Victorian government is just seeking to shift the blame for its own failings 45% 48% 42% 38% 45% 50% 27% 62% 35% 55%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The Victorian government is raising valid concerns about the federal government’s performance 53% 61% 52% 55% 55%
The Victorian government is just seeking to shift the blame for its own failings 47% 39% 48% 45% 45%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 55% of Australians think the Victorian government is raising valid concerns about the federal government’s performance, and 45% think the Victorian government is just seeking to shift the blame for its own failings.
  • While it’s the majority view across all states, Victorians are the most likely to think the Victorian government is raising valid concerns about the federal government’s performance (61% to 53% of those in NSW, 52% of Queenslanders, and 55% of South Australians and Western Australians respectively).

Views towards government support during lockdowns

Jun 8, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, because support such as JobKeeper ended in April, people and businesses affected by the lockdown in Victoria have not been able to get financial support from the federal government.

The Victorian government has offered its own support package but has said the federal government should be helping out too, as support for people out of work is usually the responsibility of the federal government.

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
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 55% 54% 55% 58% 56% 51% 68% 41% 71% 50%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 45% 46% 45% 42% 44% 49% 32% 59% 29% 50%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 53% 58% 53% 57% 58%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 47% 42% 47% 43% 42%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 55% of Australians think the federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns. This is the majority view across all states. Labor and Greens voters are the most likely voters to hold this view (68% and 71% respectively).
  • 45% of Australians think if state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected. Coalition voters are most likely to think this compared to all other voters combined (59% to 35% respectively).

Views towards how ‘vaccinated’ people should be counted

Jun 8, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccinations currently available in Australia require two doses to be administered.

Which of the following statements 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
People should only be counted as ‘vaccinated’ when they’ve had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine 81% 78% 84% 73% 81% 89% 83% 81% 79% 79%
It’s fine for people to be counted as ‘vaccinated’ even if they’ve only had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 19% 22% 16% 27% 19% 11% 17% 19% 21% 21%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
People should only be counted as ‘vaccinated’ when they’ve had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine 82% 79% 84% 86% 76%
It’s fine for people to be counted as ‘vaccinated’ even if they’ve only had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 18% 21% 16% 14% 24%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • The majority of Australians think people should only be counted as ‘vaccinated’ when they’ve had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Those over 55 are more likely to think this than younger cohorts (89% to 81% of those aged 35-54 and 73% of those 18-34).
  • 19% think it’s fine for people to be counted as ‘vaccinated’ even if they’ve only had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Federal budget engagement

May 25, 2021

Q. How much attention have you paid to the federal budget announcements?

  This budget

May’21

Last budget

Oct’20

A lot of attention 19% 19%
A little attention 44% 44%
Not much attention 27% 25%
No attention at all 10% 12%
Base (n) 1,100 1,082

 

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
A lot of attention 19% 24% 13% 15% 20% 20% 18% 24% 16% 14%
A little attention 44% 45% 44% 40% 46% 47% 48% 50% 50% 32%
Not much attention 27% 24% 31% 34% 22% 27% 28% 19% 24% 35%
No attention at all 10% 8% 12% 11% 12% 6% 6% 6% 11% 19%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 379 380 369 410 105 112
  • There is little difference between the level of engagement in the federal budget announcements this May compared to last October. People mainly either paid a little attention (44%) or not much attention (27%) to the announcements.
  • Men are more likely than women to say they paid a lot of attention to the federal budget announcements (24% to 13%). Coalition voters are also more likely to have paid a lot of attention compared to all other voters (24% to 17%).
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