Essential Report

Sufficiency of federal government’s efforts to protect Australians from Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. On Monday 28 June, the federal government announced several measures responding to Covid-19. They announced that all aged care workers would have to have at least their first Covid vaccine by September, and that under 40-year-olds will now be able to choose to get the AstraZeneca vaccine if they are willing to sign a waiver protecting medical professionals should they get side effects.

Bearing that in mind, do you think the federal government is doing enough or not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government is doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19 37% 39% 34% 37% 35% 38% 25% 57% 31% 27%
The federal government is not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19 46% 47% 45% 42% 50% 47% 62% 29% 56% 47%
Unsure 17% 14% 20% 21% 16% 15% 13% 14% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  • In light of the federal government’s revised Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan, just under half (46%) of Australians think the federal government is not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19.
  • 37% think the federal government is doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19, and 17% are unsure.
  • Labor voters are the most likely to think the federal government is not doing enough in this regard (62%), followed by 56% Greens voters and 47% minor/independent party voters. 29% of Coalition voters share this view.
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to think the federal government’s efforts to protect Australians from Covid-19 are sufficient (57% compared to 26% of all other voters).

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Jul 6, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, there are currently two vaccines available in Australia – the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 33% 42% 37%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 5% 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 36% 27% 27%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 12% 14%
Unsure 12% 13% 19%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,090
  • The proportion of Australians willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine has fallen sharply compared to last month (33% from 42%); this is the lowest number recorded since this question was first asked in April and is driven by an increase in those who would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine only (36% from 27% in June).
  • Consistent with last month, 5% say they would get the AstraZeneca vaccine only, 12% are unsure and 14% say they would not be willing to get either vaccine.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 33% 38% 28% 17% 18% 24% 29% 56% 68% 33% 39% 30% 28%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 5% 7% 4% 10% 5% 6% 1% 3% 7% 5% 5% 5% 6%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 36% 34% 38% 37% 46% 47% 43% 21% 13% 40% 36% 40% 26%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 11% 16% 15% 17% 12% 16% 11% 8% 11% 10% 19% 32%
Unsure 12% 11% 14% 21% 13% 12% 10% 9% 5% 11% 11% 6% 8%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 224 207 172 184 174 138 404 388 87 114
  • Willingness to get either vaccine among those 18-39 has fallen steeply; now 18% from 29% last month.
  • Willingness to get either vaccine still increases with age but has now dropped across all age brackets – while 17% of those aged 18-29 would be willing to receive either vaccine, this increases to 68% of those 70 and over; last month this was 28% and 72% respectively.
  • While men are still more likely than women to be willing to get either vaccine (38% to 28% respectively), this willingness has also dropped among both genders compared to last month (48% and 36% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are still more likely than other voters to get either vaccine (39% to 33% Labor, 30% Greens and 28% minor/ independent party voters).

Reason those eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine have not been vaccinated yet

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about why you haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 yet, which of the following is closer to your situation?

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO SAY THEY WOULD GET VACCINATED AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE]

  Total Gender Age Group
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I would like to get vaccinated but I haven’t been able to book an appointment 23% 32% 16% 38% 27% 15%
I would like to get vaccinated but I haven’t gotten around to booking an appointment 15% 19% 12% 30% 17% 10%
I would like to get vaccinated but I want to see how others react to the Covid-19 vaccine first before booking an appointment 34% 26% 42% 22% 35% 38%
Other 27% 23% 30% 10% 21% 37%
Base (n) 355 170 185 44 166 145
  • About of third (34%) of those who say they would get vaccinated and self-report they are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine say the haven’t been vaccinated yet because they want to see how others react to the Covid-19 vaccine first before booking an appointment. Women are much more likely than men to say this (42% to 26% respectively).
  • 23% of this group say they would like to get vaccinated but haven’t been able to book an appointment. Men are twice as likely as women to report this (32% to 16% respectively).
  • 15% say they just haven’t gotten around to booking an appointment. 27% have other reasons.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Jul 6, 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 05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 40% 43% 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 64% 67% 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 56% 54% 52% 64% 58%

 

TOTAL: Confident State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
… are being done efficiently 41% 38% 39% 45% 34%
… are being done safely 67% 61% 59% 62% 63%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 52% 54% 54% 54%
Base (n) 553 275 220 87 106
  • Less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (40% from 43% last month). Western Australians are now the least confident in this (34%), followed by Victorians (38%) and Queenslanders (39%).
  • 56% of Australians are confident the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be effective at stopping the virus within the country (54% last month), and 64% are confident that it is being done safely (67% last month).
TOTAL: Confident 18-34
05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 40% 42% 50% 67%
… are being done safely 50% 58% 57% 71%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 45% 53% 53% 63%
Base (n) 341 347 359 326

 

TOTAL: Confident NSW
05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 41% 47% 45% 66%
… are being done safely 67% 69% 65% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 55% 56% 65%
Base (n) 553 349 348 330
  • The confidence of those in NSW in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout being done efficiently has fallen since March, from 66% to a low of 41% this month.
  • Confidence among those in NSW that the rollout is being done safely and will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country has also decreased since March (67% from 72%, and 58% from 65% in March respectively).
  • The confidence of those aged 18-34 in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues to waver. 45% are now confident the rollout will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within Australia (63% in March). 50% of those aged 18-34 are confident it is being done safely, a notable decrease from last month (58%), as well as the level in March (71%). 40% are now confident the rollout is being done efficiently (from 67% in March).

Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  05/07 15/02
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 62%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 38%
Base (n) 1,099 1,109

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 73% 69% 63% 74% 75% 75% 65% 69% 76%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 27% 31% 37% 26% 25% 25% 35% 31% 24%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (71% to 29%).
  • The expectation that managing quarantine should be a federal government responsibility has increased from 62% in February to 71% this month.
  • The view that quarantine should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is held by the majority of both men and women, all age groups and voting intentions.

Speed of NSW lockdown

Jul 6, 2021

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

[ASKED TO RESPONDENTS IN NSW ONLY]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Moved too quickly 10% 9% 11% 14% 9% 7% 9% 8% 9% 21%
About the right speed 51% 50% 51% 51% 50% 51% 41% 62% 49% 44%
Moved too slowly 39% 41% 38% 35% 41% 41% 50% 30% 43% 35%
Base (n) 553 268 285 147 203 203 182 226 41 44
  • Half of NSW residents think the state government imposed Covid-19 lockdowns at the right speed (51%), 39% think the decision was too slow and 10% think it was made too quickly.
  • Coalition voters are most likely to think the government acted at the right speed (62%), while Labor and Greens voters are most likely to say it was too slow (50% and 43%).

Time for Covid-19 milestones to occur for NSW

Jul 6, 2021

Q. How long do you think it will take for the following to occur in NSW?

[ASKED TO RESPONDENTS IN NSW ONLY]

Two weeks up to one month One month up to six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 outbreak in NSW is controlled 50% 18% 7% 10% 7% 7%
The lockdown in Greater Sydney is lifted 76% 13% 5% 3% 2% 2%
The lockdown in other affected areas in NSW is lifted (e.g. Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) 77% 11% 4% 3% 2% 2%
Interstate travel will be allowed without restriction 38% 26% 12% 11% 8% 5%
Quarantine will no longer be required after interstate travel 32% 20% 13% 15% 12% 7%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in NSW 14% 14% 28% 24% 12% 8%

 

  • Most participants in NSW expect the lockdown restriction to be eased in the next month (76% in Sydney and 77% in other areas of NSW).
  • Most think interstate travel will be allowed either within the next month (38%) or within 6 months (26%). A similar proportion also think there will be no quarantine requirements after this time (32% within the month, 20% within 6 months).
  • 28% think the vaccine rollout will not be completed in under a year, 24% think it will take 1-2 years and 12% think it will take over 2 years.

Effect of Covid-19 lockdowns on adults and children

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns across Australia, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of these lockdowns on the following?

TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all Base (n)
My mental wellbeing 50% 50% 19% 31% 28% 21% 1,099
My personal relationships 39% 61% 15% 25% 32% 28% 1,099
My work-life balance

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE STILL IN PAID WORK SINCE COVID-19]

49% 51% 18% 31% 34% 17% 507
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

59% 41% 27% 33% 23% 17% 433
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

49% 51% 21% 29% 27% 23% 433
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

55% 45% 23% 32% 22% 23% 433
  • Half of people say the Covid-19 lockdowns are giving them concern for their mental health (50% either very, or moderately concerned). There is less concern for the effect on personal relationships (39% concerned).
  • Of those in paid employment, 49% say they are concerned that the Covid-19 lockdowns are impacting their work-life balance.
  • Among those with dependent children in the household, 59% say they are concerned for the mental wellbeing of their children, 55% are concerned their children are falling behind at school, and 49% are concerned about their children developing behavioural issues.
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