Interest in news stories

Nov 17, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The allegations of sexual misconduct in the Federal Parliament, as outlined in an ABC Four Corners documentary

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 12% 16% 9% 10% 15% 12% 13% 16% 10% 8%
Fairly closely 23% 26% 20% 22% 24% 23% 27% 25% 21% 27%
Not that closely 34% 32% 37% 34% 33% 36% 35% 34% 38% 30%
Not closely at all 30% 26% 34% 34% 29% 28% 25% 25% 30% 36%
TOTAL: CLOSELY 36% 42% 29% 32% 39% 36% 40% 40% 31% 34%
TOTAL: NOT CLOSELY 64% 58% 71% 68% 61% 64% 60% 60% 69% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 479 531 250 383 377 323 404 80 122

Coronavirus concerns

Nov 17, 2020

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

  16/11/20 02/11/20 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06
Very concerned 27% 30% 30% 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28%
Quite concerned 44% 46% 52% 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45%
Not that concerned 23% 20% 15% 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23%
Not at all concerned 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 is easing, with 29% saying they are either not that concerned (23%) or not at all concerned (6%). 27% are very concerned about the threat and the remaining 44% are quite concerned.

Federal Government response to Covid-19

Nov 17, 2020

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

  16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06
Very poor 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4%
Quite poor 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18%
Quite good 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40%
Very good 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Good 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70%
Base (n) 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 has improved, with 67% rating it very or quite good (up from 61% earlier in the month).

State government response to Covid-19

Nov 17, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06
NSW 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67%
VIC 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72%
QLD 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68%
SA 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79%
WA 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84%
  • Positive rating of the NSW Government has increased for the second time this month and now at 75%, and the highest rating we’ve seen in the past four months.
  • Ratings in Victoria also continue to improve, with 59% now rating the Victorian government’s response as good or very good.
  • Ratings in Queensland, SA and WA are consistent with recent results.

Speed of easing lockdown restrictions in Victoria

Nov 17, 2020

Q. Overall, do you think Victoria has moved too quickly, too slowly or at about the right speed in terms of lifting lockdown restrictions?

[ASKED IN VICTORIA ONLY]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention Location  
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Total: Coalition Capital Non-capital  
Moved too quickly 7% 9% 5% 8% 9% 2% 3% 8% 7% 7%
About the right speed 65% 60% 71% 62% 68% 65% 77% 55% 68% 58%
Moved too slowly 28% 32% 24% 29% 22% 32% 20% 37% 26% 35%
Base (n) 278 133 145 74 113 91 90 112 206 72
  • Victorians are generally satisfied with the speed of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with 65% saying it’s about right. 28% think the government have moved too slowly and just 7% said they moved too quickly.
  • Those most likely to think the government has moved too slowly include men (32%), those aged 55+ (32%), people living in regional Victoria (35%) and Coalition voters (37%).

Trust in Federal Government

Nov 17, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Federal Government?

[% of participants who answered the question]

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 34% 23% 43% 22% 12%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 16% 29% 55% 13% 3%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 9% 53% 38% 7% 2%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: Agree Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 62% 70% 61% 71% 65% 60% 77% 56% 49%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 83% 85% 77% 87% 86% 80% 89% 79% 76%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 90% 93% 86% 92% 94% 92% 90% 91% 88%
  • Almost unanimously, Australians agree that the government should do more to solve the problems facing our country (91%) however there is high levels of agreement that as Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want (84%).
  • Women are more likely than men to trust the Government to do what is right, regardless of who is in power (70% to 62%).

Appropriateness of elected officials engaging in sexual relations with staff

Nov 17, 2020

Q. Is it ever appropriate for elected officials to start engaging in sexual relations with their staff?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Yes 18% 24% 13% 21% 16% 17% 13% 23% 22% 23%
No 82% 76% 87% 79% 84% 83% 87% 77% 78% 77%
Base (n) 1,010 479 531 250 383 377 323 404 80 122
  • The majority of people do not think it is ever appropriate for elected officials to start engaging in sexual relations with their staff (82%).
  • Men are more likely than women to think this practice is permissible (24% to 13%).

US politician favourability

Nov 17, 2020

Q. How favourable or unfavourable do you feel towards each of the US politicians?

TOTAL: Favourable After US election

(16/11/20)

Before US election

(02/11/20)

Donald Trump 21% 28%
Joe Biden 59% 43%
Base (n) 1,010 1,063

 

TOTAL: Favourable TOTAL: Unfavourable Very favourable Somewhat favourable Somewhat unfavourable Very unfavourable Unsure Never heard of them
Donald Trump 21% 72% 8% 12% 14% 58% 7% 1%
Joe Biden 59% 24% 21% 38% 13% 11% 15% 2%
  • Since the US election, favourability of Donald Trump has fallen from 28% to 21%, while Joe Biden’s has increased from 43% to 59%.
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