Performance of Anthony Albanese

May 5, 2020

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

May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19
TOTAL: Approve 42% 44% 41% 41% 43% 39% 37% 40% 36% 38% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 27% 29% 33% 31% 30% 28% 34% 29% 31% 29% 24%
Don’t know 31% 27% 26% 28% 27% 33% 29% 31% 33% 33% 37%
Base (n) 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 7% 12% 4% 6% 4%
Approve 35% 51% 30% 39% 27%
Disapprove 19% 13% 28% 12% 21%
Strongly disapprove 8% 2% 15% 5% 14%
Don’t know 31% 22% 22% 38% 34%
TOTAL: Approve 42% 63% 35% 45% 31%
TOTAL: Disapprove 27% 15% 43% 17% 35%
Base (n) 1,093 325 435 108 114
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has remained consistent this month, at 42% compared to 44% in April.
  • Albanese’s approval among Labor voters remains relatively low at 63%, compared to Morrison’s approval among Coalition voters (92%).

Preferred Prime Minister

May 5, 2020

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

  May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
Scott Morrison 50% 46% 40% 36% 36% 44% 43% 46% 44% 44% 43%
Anthony Albanese 25% 27% 35% 36% 39% 28% 28% 25% 28% 26% 25%
Don’t know 25% 27% 25% 28% 25% 29% 29% 29% 28% 31% 32%
Base (n) 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 50% 25% 84% 23% 53%
Anthony Albanese 25% 48% 7% 42% 20%
Don’t know 25% 27% 8% 35% 27%
Base (n) 1,093 325 435 108 114
  • 50% of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (25%). Around a quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Just under half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (48%) compared to Morrison (25%). 27% said they didn’t know who would make the better leader.

Coronavirus concerns

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 32% 27% 34% 34% 34% 27%
Quite concerned 46% 49% 43% 47% 47% 46%
Not that concerned 18% 18% 20% 15% 16% 22%
Not at all concerned 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,093 341 372 380 734 359
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 has lessened this again week, with 32% saying they are very concerned (down from 39% last week) and 46% saying they are quite concerned.
  • Those aged 18-34 have a lower concern (24% not that/not at all concerned) to those aged over 55 (18%).

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 5% 8% 5% 1% 5% 3%
Somewhat likely 26% 31% 28% 20% 29% 19%
Somewhat unlikely 46% 38% 43% 57% 43% 54%
Very unlikely 23% 23% 25% 22% 23% 24%
Base (n) 1.093 341 372 380 734 359
  • The likelihood of catching Covid-19 has remained steady this week, with 31% saying they are very/somewhat likely to contract the virus (27% last week).

Government response to Covid-19

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 6% 3% 5% 6% 3% 5% 4%
Quite poor 9% 10% 8% 14% 9% 6% 10% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 32% 22% 9% 20% 21%
Quite good 38% 36% 40% 37% 39% 39% 38% 39%
Very good 28% 28% 28% 12% 25% 44% 27% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 16% 11% 19% 14% 8% 15% 11%
TOTAL: Good 66% 63% 68% 49% 64% 82% 65% 69%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359

State Government response to Covid-19

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Very poor 4% 5% 3% 6% 3% 2%  
Quite poor 8% 8% 8% 9% 7% 5%  
Neither good, nor poor 18% 19% 17% 21% 13% 14%  
Quite good 38% 45% 32% 43% 31% 30%  
Very good 31% 23% 40% 22% 45% 48%  
TOTAL: Poor 12% 13% 11% 15% 10% 7%  
TOTAL: Good 70% 68% 72% 65% 76% 79%  
Base (n) 1,093 352 275 220 85 106  
  • Across the country, the overall perception of states’ handling of the crisis is in line with government rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (70% states, 66% federal). Rating of the state government in NSW increased from 63% to 68%, while in Victoria, the rating decreased from 77% to 72%.

Easing restrictions

May 5, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
As soon as possible 10% 12% 9% 11% 13% 8% 10% 12%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 11% 7% 12% 9% 7% 9% 10%
Within the next month 21% 21% 20% 26% 18% 18% 22% 17%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 15% 12% 17% 17% 16% 14%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 32% 42% 28% 37% 44% 36% 38%
Unsure 8% 8% 7% 10% 7% 6% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359
  • People are becoming increasingly open to easing the lockdown restrictions. Those who think it’s too soon to lift restrictions has fallen from 49% two weeks ago to 37%.
  • One in five people think restrictions should be eased within the next month (21%).
  • Those aged over 55 are least likely to consider easing restrictions (44% say it’s too soon, compared to 28% of those aged 18-34).
  • Women are more likely than men to think it’s too soon to consider lifting restrictions (42% to 32%).

Opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closest to your views on the reopening of schools?

    Parent/Guardian Status
  Total I am a parent/guardian of

school-aged children

I am not a parent/guardian of school-aged children
Schools should only open for children of essential workers 32% 36% 30%
Schools should re-open for all children 45% 44% 46%
Schools should remain closed with all teaching conducted online 23% 20% 24%
Base (n) 1,093 291 802
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