State government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • The rating of the VIC government has dropped further down to 49% (from 59% mid last month). This is the lowest rating since October last year.
  • Positive rating of the QLD and WA governments has decreased slightly to 73% and 85% respectively (from 76% and 88% mid last month).
  • Rating of the NSW and SA governments remain virtually unchanged at 72% and 78% respectively.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide rollout last week, about half (50%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a noticeable rise from the 42% in January. Correspondingly, fewer people now say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40% to 47% in January).
  • 1 in 10 say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 58% 42% 41% 44% 63% 50% 56% 58% 45%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 34% 46% 47% 43% 31% 41% 38% 33% 37%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 11% 13% 6% 10% 6% 8% 18%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (58%) and those aged over 55 (63%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (18%).

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 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 will be…

TOTAL: Confident 01/03 01/02
… done efficiently 68% 68%
… done safely 73% 72%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,074 1,092
  • With the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway, more people are now confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (64% to 58% last month).
  • Most people are also confident the rollout will be done efficiently (68%) and that it will be done safely (73%), consistent with levels last month.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… done efficiently 68% 74% 61% 67% 64% 73% 66% 78% 66% 58%
… done safely 73% 80% 67% 71% 69% 80% 70% 84% 78% 61%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 72% 57% 63% 61% 69% 64% 75% 65% 52%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout is relatively high across all demographics, those who are older are more confident than younger cohorts. For example, 80% of those over 55 are confident it will be done safely, compared to 69% those aged 35-54 and 71% of those 18-34. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Out of all voters, Coalition voters are the most confident that the vaccine rollout will be done safely, with 84% who are confident and of this, over a third (33%) who are very confident.

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change from May’20 May’20 Jan’20 Oct’19 Dec’18
Good in a crisis 59% -7% 66% 32% 51% 41%
Trustworthy 52% -4% 56% 40% 43% 39%
More honest than most politicians 50% -1% 51% 39% 44% 39%
Visionary 41% -7% 48% 30% 42% 38%
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% +9% 47% 62% 56% 54%
Avoids responsibility 49%
In control of their team 56%
Base (n) 1,074 1,059 1,081 1,088 1,026
  •  Over half (56%) now think Scott Morrison is out of touch with ordinary people. This is up 9 percentage points since May’20 (47%).
  • Fewer Australians think the Prime Minister is good in a crisis (down 7 percentage points since May’20 to 59%) and that he is visionary (also down 7% percentage points since May’20 to 41%).
  • Less people also think he is trustworthy (down 4 percentage points to 52%) and about the same number think he is more honest than most politicians (50%).

Views towards gender equality in Australia

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about gender equality in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Mar’21 Change from Jun’20 Jun’20 Sep’18 Mar’16
Gender equality, meaning that men and women are equal, has come far enough already 45% -2% 47% 47% 38%
Gender equality has already been mostly achieved 50% -1% 51% 47% 41%
Work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people 60% +4% 56% 45% 39%
There should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position 83% +3% 80% 78% 78%
Although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go 76% +5% 71% 66% 71%
Base (n) 1,074 1,085 1,030 1,001
  • 76% of people agree that although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go (up 5 percentage points since June last year) and consistent with the upwards trend since Sep’18.
  • 60% now think work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people and 83% think there should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position. Agreement towards these statements has risen slightly by 4 and 3 percentage points respectively since Jun’20.
  • Slightly fewer think gender equality has come far enough already (down 2 percentage points to 45%) and half (50%) still think gender equality has already been mostly achieved.

Views towards gender equality in Australia

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about gender equality in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gender equality, meaning that men and women are equal, has come far enough already 45% 56% 34% 45% 51% 39% 40% 52% 22% 52%
Gender equality has already been mostly achieved 50% 62% 39% 52% 54% 45% 46% 58% 29% 55%
Work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people 60% 63% 57% 69% 65% 47% 61% 57% 60% 64%
There should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position 83% 77% 89% 82% 82% 86% 87% 83% 87% 77%
Although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go 76% 69% 82% 78% 77% 72% 80% 69% 92% 74%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Agreement that there should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position is high overall, with 89% of women and 77% of men agreeing. Of this, 73% of women and 49% of men strongly agree.
  • Many also agree although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go, with 82% of women and 69% of men in agreement with this (respectively, 50% and 38% strongly agree).
  • However, men are still more likely than women to agree that gender equality has come far enough already (56% to 34%) and that it has already been mostly achieved (62% to 39%).
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