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Views towards Covid-19 vaccination thresholds (focus on children)

Aug 31, 2021

Q. The national cabinet has set targets for easing Covid-19 restrictions once 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and for lockdowns to stop once 80% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

These targets are based on the percentage of the adult population who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 65% 17% 31% 34% 18% 10% 7%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 58% 19% 26% 32% 24% 10% 9%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 23% 17% 26% 34% 15% 8%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 65% 62% 67% 58% 61% 74% 71% 66% 63% 48%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 58% 58% 58% 52% 55% 66% 65% 58% 59% 43%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 47% 41% 43% 41% 47% 47% 46% 48% 31%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119

 

TOTAL: Agree State Household Composition
NSW VIC QLD SA WA Dependent Children No Dependent Children
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 73% 59% 63% 63% 61% 68% 63%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 60% 48% 58% 59% 71% 57% 58%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 38% 46% 46% 50% 48% 41%
Base (n) 349 276 219 89 111 392 708
  • Most people (65%) expect actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets.
  • Over half of people agree that we should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated. Agreement for this is highest among those aged over 55 (66%), Labor voters (65%), and those in WA (71%).
  • 44% agree that children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines. Those with dependent children are more likely than those without to agree with this statement (48% to 41%).

Views towards Australia’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict

Aug 31, 2021

Q. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Australian involvement in the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Australia should increase its refugee intake to include more people fleeing the violence in Afghanistan 48% 24% 20% 28% 28% 11% 12%
The government should grant permanent visas to all Afghan nationals currently in Australia 43% 26% 19% 24% 31% 13% 13%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants 42% 22% 13% 28% 37% 11% 11%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally 36% 22% 11% 25% 42% 12% 10%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia should increase its refugee intake to include more people fleeing the violence in Afghanistan 48% 51% 45% 53% 46% 45% 54% 46% 72% 29%
The government should grant permanent visas to all Afghan nationals currently in Australia 43% 48% 37% 46% 40% 42% 48% 41% 65% 26%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants 42% 43% 40% 38% 45% 42% 36% 55% 38% 33%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally 36% 42% 31% 35% 40% 33% 30% 47% 38% 27%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119
  • Around half of people would support Australia increasing its refugee intake in light of recent events in Afghanistan (48%), and 43% agree that permanent visas should be granted for all Afghan nationals currently living in Australia.
  • Agreement with increasing Australia’s refugee intake is highest among men (51%), those aged 18-34 (53%), Labor voters (54%) and Greens voters (72%).
  • When thinking about the impact of the Afghan conflict, 42% agree that the deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants with 22% disagreeing.
  • 36% agree that the deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally, 22% disagree.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

  16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
Very poor 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5%
Quite poor 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9%
Neither good nor poor 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18%
Quite good 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41%
Very good 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15%
TOTAL: Good 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010

 

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 41% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (38% earlier in the month), with 35% rating it as quite poor or very poor (35% earlier in the month).
  • Just 9% of people say the response of the federal government has been very good- the lowest recorded since the start of the pandemic.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped further in NSW and SA compared to earlier this month (down 5% to 34%, and 3% to 45% respectively). This is the lowest recorded rating for both states.

Positive rating has improved in WA (up 16% to 53%).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
NSW 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75%
VIC 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59%
QLD 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71%
SA 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76%
WA 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 42% from 47% earlier this month.
  • Positive rating of the state government in Victoria is at a consistent level with earlier this month (now at 56%, 54% earlier this month), and has improved compared to this time last month (49%).
  • Positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 82%, an improvement from a month ago (77%).

Confidence in federal government’s long-term plans

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Please indicate which is closest to your view about the federal government’s plan for each of the following issues:

TOTAL: I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, and it’s clear to me what this plan is Aug’21 May’21
Minimise the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education 18%
Reduce the national deficit 18% 16%
Reopen international borders 21% 21%
Establish quarantine facilities 23% 21%
Protect children and young people from getting Covid-19 25%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout 26% 25%
  • Since May, the federal government has not convinced any more people it has a long-term plan to deal with the major challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 26% say they are confident the government has a plan, and it’s clear what it is for the vaccine roll-out (25% in May), 23% are clear on the government’s plans for quarantine facilities (21% in May), and 21% think there is a clear long-term plan to reopen international borders (21% in May).
I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, and it’s clear to me what this plan is I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, but it hasn’t been communicated well I’m not confident the federal government has a long-term plan
Minimise the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education 18% 39% 43%
Reduce the national deficit 18% 40% 42%
Reopen international borders 21% 38% 41%
Establish quarantine facilities 23% 37% 40%
Protect children and young people from getting Covid-19 25% 37% 38%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout 26% 39% 35%
  • There is uncertainty about the federal government’s long-term plans, or a perception that these plans have not been communicated clearly to the public.
  • 43% of people aren’t confident there is a long-term plan from minimising the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education. 39% are confident a plan exists but think it hasn’t been communicated well.
  • Over a third (35%) are not confident the federal government has a long-term plan for protecting children and young people from getting Covid-19. A further third (39%) are confident a plan exists but think it hasn’t been communicated well.

Personal impact of Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects?:

TOTAL: Agree Aug’21 Apr’20
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 79%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 61%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 61%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 37%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 36%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 29%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 29%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 31%
  • Compared to last year, many effects of lockdowns have become no more manageable.
  • 38% are able to get more things done around the house (37% in April 2020), and 37% say they feel lonelier than before the pandemic (36% in April 2020).
  • However, more people than last year say they are worried about the effect of social distancing on their personal relationships (34%, up from 29%), and fewer people say social distancing will get easier (56%, down from 61%), and they are more productive around the house (54%, down from 61%).
  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 10% 38% 37% 15% 6% 4%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 17% 15% 41% 27% 11% 6%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 14% 15% 39% 32% 8% 6%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 17% 12% 27% 45% 11% 5%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 37% 13% 24% 25% 18% 20%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 39% 10% 24% 27% 22% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 40% 9% 21% 30% 23% 17%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 30% 7% 21% 42% 17% 13%

 

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on adults

Aug 17, 2021

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

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My financial situation 54%
My mental wellbeing 51% 50%
My physical health 50%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48%
My personal relationships 43% 39%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 49%
  • The effect of lockdowns is not getting any easier on people’s mental health, with 51% saying they are concerned with their mental wellbeing (50% in July 2021). 43% say they are concerned for their personal relationships (39% in July 2021), and 43% of people in employment are concerned about their work-life balance (49% in July 2021).
  TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My financial situation 54% 46% 21% 33% 28% 18%
My mental wellbeing 51% 49% 21% 30% 30% 19%
My physical health 50% 50% 16% 34% 32% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48% 52% 17% 30% 28% 24%
My personal relationships 43% 57% 14% 29% 34% 22%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 57% 13% 30% 37% 20%
  • The biggest cause of concern for people is their financial situation (54%). Around half are concerned for their mental wellbeing (51%) and physical health (50%).
  • 48% of those in employment are concerned that the lockdowns will result in unemployment or reduced hours.

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. And now thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns and their impact on children, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the following?

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

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 59%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 55%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49%
Base (n) 392 433
  • Parents’ concern for the impact of lockdowns on children has increased since July.
  • 65% are now concern for their children’s wellbeing (59% in July), and 61% are concerned their children are falling behind at school (55% in July).
Asked only to those with dependent children in the household (n=392) TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69% 31% 34% 35% 16% 15%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 35% 31% 34% 18% 17%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 39% 30% 31% 18% 21%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49% 23% 27% 26% 23%
Asked only those with school-aged children, teenagers, or older dependent children in the household (n=275)    
My child(ren)’s readiness for life beyond school (e.g. university, work) 58% 42% 29% 30% 20% 22%
My child(ren) suffering from exam stress exacerbated by lockdowns 56% 44% 21% 34% 19% 25%
  • The greatest concern for parents is their children missing out on socialising (69%), followed by children’s mental wellbeing (65%).
  • Among parents with school-aged children, teenagers or older dependent children, 58% are concerned that the lockdowns will affect their children’s readiness for life beyond school, and 56% are concerned about extra exam stress.
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