Addressing Climate Change

Mar 31, 2020

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Mar’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Doing enough 23% 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Not doing enough 55% 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing too much 9% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 13% 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,086 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

    Gender Age Group Voting Intention
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Doing enough 23% 26% 21% 19% 24% 26% 18% 36% 8% 20%
Not doing enough 55% 51% 59% 63% 54% 49% 66% 37% 86% 52%
Doing too much 9% 12% 5% 7% 6% 13% 5% 13% 2% 15%
Don’t know 13% 11% 16% 12% 15% 12% 11% 14% 4% 14%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 328 372 95 146

 

Coronavirus concerns

Mar 24, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 39% 36% 39% 41% 40% 36%
Quite concerned 43% 43% 44% 43% 43% 45%
Not that concerned 14% 18% 12% 12% 13% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 3%
Base (n) 1,034 342 327 365 703 331
  • Concern about the threat of the Covid-19 virus has increased this week as the impact of the outbreak affects more of the country. 39% are now very concerned by the threat (up from 27% at the start of the month), while 43% say they are quite concerned (up from 36%).
  • Concern is highest among over 55 year olds (41% very concerned) and those in capital cities (40% concerned)

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020

Q. How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Covid-19?

  22/03 09/03
Very likely 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 43%
Very unlikely 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 8% 10% 8% 5% 9% 5%
Somewhat likely 34% 35% 36% 32% 34% 35%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 43% 43% 49% 43% 49%
Very unlikely 13% 12% 13% 14% 14% 11%
Base (n) 1,034 342 327 365 703 331
  • There has been an increase in the likelihood of developing Covid-19 during the last fortnight. 42% now say it is somewhat or very likely that they will develop Covid-19 (up from 31%).
  • Younger people (aged 18-34, 10% very likely to develop Covid-19) and those living in capital cities (9%) are more likely to expect to develop the virus than older people (55+) and those living in regional areas.

Reaction to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your personal views of the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 33% 36% 30% 39% 37% 23% 34% 30%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 39% 40% 39% 40% 33% 44% 39% 39%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 28% 24% 32% 21% 30% 33% 27% 31%
Base (n) 1,096 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • A third of people believe there has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19. Men (36%) and those aged 18-34 (39%) are more likely to think there has been an over-reaction than women (30%) and those aged 55+ (23%).
  • 39% think the reaction has been proportionate to the threat and 28% believe the threat has been under-estimated.
  • Those who think there has been an over-reaction are less concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (69% very/somewhat concerned, compared to 92% who think the threat has been under-estimated) and think they are less likely to contract the virus (38% to 49% very/somewhat likely to catch Covid-19).

Government response to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

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

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 9% 11% 7% 10% 11% 6% 10% 8%
Quite poor 20% 19% 21% 28% 20% 14% 23% 15%
Neither good, nor poor 26% 26% 26% 30% 31% 18% 25% 27%
Quite good 33% 32% 34% 25% 28% 44% 31% 36%
Very good 12% 11% 12% 7% 10% 17% 11% 13%
NET: Poor 29% 30% 29% 38% 31% 20% 32% 24%
NET: Good 45% 44% 46% 33% 38% 62% 43% 49%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 365 324 703 331
  • 45% of people rate the performance of the government to the threat has been quite or very good. Those aged over 55 are more likely to rate the performance as good (62%).
  • Those aged 18-34 were most likely to rate the performance as poor (very/quite poor, 38%).
  • Those who think the threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated have a low rating of government performance (46% very/quite poor).

Information about Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 64% 14% 18% 46% 22% 9% 5%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 20% 19% 37% 24% 12% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 51% 24% 15% 37% 25% 17% 7%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 35% 40% 7% 27% 26% 23% 17%
  • Around two-thirds of people agree that they feel informed about the situation (64%) and over half (56%) trust the government to provide honest and objective information about the outbreak.
  • Half think the information they’ve received has been clear and consistent (51%).
  • Those who think the threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated are more likely to disagree that they feel informed of the situation (22%), that the information they’ve receive is clear and consistent (33%) and they trust the government to deliver honest and objective information (34%).
    Gender Age Group Location
NET: AGREE Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 64% 63% 65% 58% 59% 73% 65% 61%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 57% 54% 48% 51% 66% 57% 53%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 51% 53% 50% 49% 47% 58% 54% 47%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 35% 38% 32% 31% 35% 37% 36% 32%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely to agree that they feel informed about the situation (73%), that they have trust in the information from the government (66%) and that the information they’ve received has been clear and concise (58%).
  • People in non-capital areas are less likely to agree that the information they have received has been clear and consistent (47%) compared to those in capital cities (54%).

Changing behaviour due to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

Q. Have you changed your behaviour in any of the following ways since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Increased personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing) 72% 70% 74% 72% 67% 76% 73% 70%
Limited attending social spaces, shops, restaurants or group events 60% 56% 63% 60% 58% 61% 61% 56%
Stopped physical greetings (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging) 60% 57% 63% 57% 57% 65% 60% 60%
Bought additional groceries to stock-up 33% 32% 35% 38% 36% 27% 37% 25%
Reduced use of cash to pay for purchases 23% 20% 25% 30% 23% 17% 24% 19%
Changed working patterns (e.g. changed hours, or working from home) 20% 24% 17% 33% 24% 6% 23% 14%
None of these 12% 13% 11% 8% 15% 13% 10% 16%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, a majority of people have increased their personal hygiene (72%), limited their social interactions (60%) and reduced physical greetings (60%). A third of people say they have stocked up on groceries (33%).
  • Younger people aged 18-34 were more likely to have changed their working patterns (33%) and reduced using cash for payments (30%)
  • Just 12% of people say they have not changed their behaviour as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Financial situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 24, 2020

Q. Which of the following best describes your financial situation during the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 24% 22% 26% 16% 18% 37% 22% 28%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 26% 29% 22% 19% 26% 31% 28% 21%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 29% 30% 28% 40% 28% 20% 31% 26%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 21% 18% 24% 25% 28% 11% 19% 25%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • One in five people expect to be in serious financial stress due to a loss of income (21%), a further 29% say they will struggle.
  • Women (24%), those aged 18-34 (25%) or 35-54 (28%) and those living in non-capital areas (25%) are most likely to be in serious financial stress.
  • Around half people say they either have sufficient savings to manage a loss of income (26%) or will not suffer a loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak (24%).
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely to be in a strong financial position, with 37% not expecting their income to be impacted and 31% having sufficient savings to manage a short-term loss of income.
    Household Employment
  Total Have dependent children Do not have dependent children In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 24% 18% 28% 12% 31% 41%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 26% 23% 27% 27% 14% 36%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 29% 32% 27% 37% 25% 17%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 21% 26% 18% 23% 30% 7%
Base (n) 1,034 372 662 519 255 228
  • A quarter of families with dependent children in the household expect to be in serious financial stress with a short-term loss of income.
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