Essential Report

Quarantine facilities: Federal vs state government responsibility

May 25, 2021

Q. There have been growing calls to build new Covid-19 quarantine facilities across the country to more safely quarantine returning travellers.

Which of the following statements about these quarantine facilities is closest to your view?

  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 build and manage quarantine facilities across the country 63% 62% 63% 57% 63% 67% 67% 56% 70% 64%
It should be each state government’s responsibility to build and manage quarantine facilities within their borders 37% 38% 37% 43% 37% 33% 33% 44% 30% 36%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 379 380 369 410 105 112
  • Most (63%) think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to build and manage quarantine facilities across the country. Coalition voters are less likely to think this compared to all other voters (56% to 67%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

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

  24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
Very poor 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6%
Quite poor 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11%
Neither good nor poor 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22%
Quite good 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17%
TOTAL: Good 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61%
Base (n) 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 58% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year.

State government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 24/03 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
NSW 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59%
VIC 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47%
QLD 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73%
SA 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65%
WA 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for Victoria since last month.
  • The rating of the VIC government has risen to 63% (from 58% last month). This is the highest rating since June last year.
  • While still high, positive rating of the WA and SA governments has decreased to 77% and 71% respectively (from 84% and 75% last month).
  • Positive rating of the NSW and QLD governments has also decreased to 68% respectively (from 73% and 72% last month).

Performance of Scott Morrison

May 11, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
TOTAL: Approve 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

TOTAL: Approve May’21 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 62% 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 55% 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove                
Men 31% 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 34% 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has risen to 58% (from 54% in April). This is similar to the level at the end of March.
  • Approval of the PM among women has increased from 46% to 55%, while disapproval has fallen from 42% to 34%.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

May 11, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
TOTAL: Approve 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43%
TOTAL: Disapprove 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30%
Don’t know 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 9% 13% 8% 5% 11%
Approve 30% 45% 21% 42% 27%
Disapprove 24% 17% 32% 21% 22%
Strongly disapprove 12% 2% 22% 5% 22%
Don’t know 25% 22% 17% 27% 18%
TOTAL: Approve 39% 59% 29% 47% 38%
TOTAL: Disapprove 35% 20% 54% 26% 44%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 39%, consistent with the level last month (39%).
  • Approval of the Opposition Leader has risen to 59% among Labor voters (from 55% in April) and is at 29% among Coalition voters (33% in April).

Preferred Prime Minister

May 11, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
Scott Morrison 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53%
Anthony Albanese 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23%
Don’t know 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

Men May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 54% 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 26% 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 20% 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women                
Scott Morrison 47% 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 22% 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 31% 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

May’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 50% 32% 83% 29% 34%
Anthony Albanese 24% 41% 7% 46% 22%
Don’t know 26% 26% 9% 25% 44%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111
  • Half (50%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (47% last month).
  • Just under a quarter (24%) would prefer the Opposition Leader (28% in April). Just over a quarter (26%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has increased among women to 47% (from 42% last month). Preference is unchanged among men (54% and 53%).
  • 41% of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable drop from levels last month (50%). Just over a third (32%) now think Morrison would make the better leader (27% last month) and about a quarter (26%) don’t know.

Federal Budget expectations

May 11, 2021

Q. The Federal Budget will be announced on Tuesday 11th In general, do you expect the Federal Budget will be good or bad for the following?

  May’21 Oct’20
  TOTAL: Very Good / Good Neither good, nor bad TOTAL: Very bad / Bad Don’t know TOTAL: Very Good / Good Neither good, nor bad TOTAL: Very bad / Bad Don’t know
People who are well off 53% 28% 8% 12% 51% 30% 10% 8%
Big business 51% 30% 9% 11% 53% 26% 12% 9%
Small business 44% 28% 17% 11% 44% 26% 23% 7%
The economy overall 41% 33% 16% 10% 34% 27% 32% 7%
Australian families 38% 33% 19% 10% 33% 31% 29% 7%
Women 34% 36% 18% 12%
Average working people 32% 32% 25% 10% 30% 29% 34% 6%
Younger Australians 31% 35% 23% 12% 29% 31% 33% 8%
People on lower incomes 30% 27% 33% 11% 30% 23% 40% 6%
Older Australians 29% 28% 32% 11% 31% 28% 34% 7%
You personally 23% 40% 27% 10% 25% 36% 31% 8%
  • Over half of people think the upcoming budget will be good / very good for those who are well off (53%) and about half (51%) think it will benefit big business. This is consistent with levels for these measures last budget (51% and 53% respectively).
  • Notably, more people now think the upcoming budget will be good / very good for the economy overall (41% from 34% in October) and Australian families (38% from 33%) than the last announcement in October.
  • People on lower incomes (33%) and older Australians (32%) are most expected to be worse off following the announcement.
TOTAL:

Very good / Good

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
People who are well off 53% 60% 47% 70% 62%
Big business 51% 57% 49% 62% 57%
Small business 44% 40% 60% 32% 40%
The economy overall 41% 33% 61% 26% 34%
Australian families 38% 32% 54% 29% 38%
Women 34% 31% 46% 30% 33%
Average working people 32% 25% 47% 26% 34%
Younger Australians 31% 25% 44% 23% 27%
People on lower incomes 30% 20% 45% 23% 34%
Older Australians 29% 25% 38% 35% 26%
You personally 23% 16% 32% 22% 26%
  • 23% expect to be better off following the budget announcement.
  • 32% of Coalition voters think they personally will have a good budget. This is higher than Labor (16%), Greens (22%) and those voting for a minor/independent party (26%).

Most important areas for increased funding

May 11, 2021

Q. How important to you is it that each of the following areas receives increased funding in the upcoming Federal Budget?

  TOTAL: Very important / Important Quite important TOTAL:  Not very important / Not at all important
Improving the quality of aged care 74% 20% 6%
Services and facilities to improve women’s safety 60% 30% 10%
Promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines 59% 27% 14%
Incentives and support for small businesses 57% 34% 9%
Early childhood education and care 55% 28% 18%
Energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables 51% 31% 19%
Reducing the national deficit 48% 34% 18%
  • Improving the quality of aged care is seen by the majority of Australians to be an important / very important area to receive increased funding in the upcoming Federal Budget (74%). Services and facilities to improve women’s safety (60%) comes next, closely followed by promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines (59%).
  • Reducing the national deficit (48%) and funding for the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables (51%) are seen as the least important areas for funding.
TOTAL: Very important / Important Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other TOTAL:

Labor, Greens, Other

Improving the quality of aged care 74% 77% 74% 78% 76% 77%
Services and facilities to improve women’s safety 60% 63% 58% 72% 62% 64%
Promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines 59% 61% 65% 56% 54% 59%
Incentives and support for small businesses 57% 52% 64% 58% 53% 53%
Early childhood education and care 55% 60% 51% 58% 54% 59%
Energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables 51% 53% 46% 74% 49% 56%
Reducing the national deficit 48% 43% 58% 35% 48% 43%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111 591
  • Compared to all other voters, Coalition voters are more likely to think incentives and support for small businesses is an important / very important area for increased funding (53% to 64% respectively), however they are less likely to think the same for early childhood education and care (59% to 51% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are more likely to see reducing the national deficit as an important area for increased funding compared to all other voters (58% to 43% respectively).
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