Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 12, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72%
VIC 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49%
QLD 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73%
SA 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78%
WA 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 in NSW continues to increase (now 55%, up from 40% in August).
  • Rating of state governments has improved in Queensland (62% to 68%), and South Australia (55% to 67%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Oct 12, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  11/10 27/09 13/09
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

81% 75% 69%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 6% 9% 11%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 10% 14%
I’d never get vaccinated 7% 7% 6%
Base (n) 1,097 1,094 1,100

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

90% 82% 74% 74% 76%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 5% 4% 5% 10% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 2% 7% 11% 9% 11%
I’d never get vaccinated 3% 7% 10% 7% 7%
Base (n) 352 276 215 89 111

  

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

83% 87% 79% 68%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 7% 5% 6% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 5% 12% 9%
I’d never get vaccinated 4% 3% 4% 17%
Base (n) 362 414 94 138
  • Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to increase, with 81% who have received at least a first dose. A further 6% are waiting to receive a first dose, even though they have already booked in.
  • Overall, 7% of people say they do not intend to get a vaccine, but this is highest among those intending to vote for a minor party at 17% (e.g. One Nation or UAP) or an independent candidate at the next federal election. Just 3% of those in NSW say they would never get vaccinated – the lowest of all states.

Support for Federal ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

Q Oct’21 Nov’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 46% 45% 49% 42% 46%
Somewhat support 32% 36% 31% 33% 36%
Somewhat oppose 8% 5% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 3% 1% 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 11% 13% 13% 17% 14%
TOTAL: Support 78% 81% 80% 75% 82%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 6% 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,097 1,063 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 46% 49% 43% 38% 46% 52% 52% 40% 54% 51%
Somewhat support 32% 30% 35% 34% 32% 31% 31% 37% 24% 28%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 8% 5% 6% 10% 8% 7%
Strongly oppose 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 2% 2% 6%
Unsure 11% 7% 15% 12% 11% 10% 8% 10% 13% 8%
TOTAL: Support 78% 79% 77% 72% 78% 83% 84% 77% 78% 79%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 14% 8% 16% 11% 7% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Support for the establishment of a federal ICAC remains high at 78%, with 46% strongly supporting this. This is consistent with previous years.
  • A large majority of all demographics would support a federal ICAC.
  • There is strongest support among those aged over 55 (52% strongly support, Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (54%). Coalition voters were most likely to oppose a federal ICAC (13%).

Resignation of Berejiklian and need for ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Thinking about Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier, which is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 54% 40% 46% 44% 50% 59% 41% 56% 46%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 21% 21% 25% 21% 18% 16% 31% 14% 26%
Unsure 32% 25% 39% 29% 35% 32% 25% 28% 30% 28%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Overall, the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian has strengthened the support for a federal ICAC. 47% say they are now more supportive, with 21% less supportive and 32% unsure.
  Total State
  NSW All other states
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 48% 45%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 29% 16%
Unsure 32% 23% 38%
Base (n) 1,097 352 691
  • While greater support for a federal ICAC due to Berejiklian’s resignation is consistent between NSW and other states (48% to 45%), opposition is higher in NSW (29% to 16%).

Trust in institutions

Oct 12, 2021

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

TOTAL: Trust Oct’21 Change since Mar’21 Mar’21   Aug’20
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68%   n/a   n/a
State & federal health authorities 64% -4% 70%   69%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% -3% 64%   64%
Universities 59%   n/a   n/a
State or territory government 55% -11% 66%   60%
The Commonwealth public service 52% -5% 57%   56%
Federal government 48% -6% 54%   55%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68% 25% 30% 38% 18% 7% 7%
State & federal health authorities 64% 31% 21% 43% 21% 11% 5%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% 35% 18% 43% 23% 12% 4%
Universities 59% 34% 19% 41% 26% 9% 7%
State or territory government 55% 41% 16% 39% 25% 16% 4%
The Commonwealth public service 52% 41% 12% 40% 29% 12% 7%
Federal government 48% 47% 13% 35% 29% 18% 5%
  • Trust in the state/territory government and federal government has decreased since Mar’21. Trust in state/territory government has dropped from 66% to 55%, and trust in the federal government from 54% to 48%.
  • People have the most trust in scientific bodies (68%) and health authorities (64%).

Importance of action on climate change

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your attitude towards the issue of climate change and global warming?

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It is the most important issue and there is no other issue I am more concerned about 22% 23% 20% 29% 23% 15% 25% 18% 36% 21%
It is a very important issue, but there are other issues that equally concern me 45% 41% 48% 48% 45% 42% 53% 41% 52% 34%
It is somewhat an important issue, but there are other issues that I am more concerned about 20% 20% 20% 18% 19% 23% 14% 26% 10% 23%
It is not a very important issue, there are other issues that I am much more concerned about 7% 8% 6% 2% 6% 12% 5% 9% 2% 11%
It is not an important issue at all 6% 7% 6% 4% 7% 8% 2% 6% 0% 12%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • 22% say climate change is the most important issue to them, with a further 45% saying it is important, along with other issues.
  • 7% said they were more concerned with issues other than climate change and just 6% said climate change isn’t an important issue.

Climate change acceptance

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

Q Oct’21 Jun’21 Jan’21 Jan’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 59% 56% 58% 56% 61% 62% 63% 64% 57%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 30% 27% 32% 32% 28% 27% 25% 24% 26%
Don’t know 11% 16% 10% 13% 11% 12% 13% 12% 17%
Base (n) 1,097 1,087 1,084 1,081 1,083 1,089 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 59% 60% 58% 62% 60% 55% 70% 49% 77% 48%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 30% 31% 29% 28% 27% 36% 23% 39% 15% 47%
Don’t know 11% 9% 12% 10% 13% 9% 7% 12% 7% 6%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • The majority of people accept that climate change is happening and caused by human activity (59%). This is consistent with previous years.
  • 30% think the changes in climate are part of a natural cycle and 11% are unsure. Those most likely to think we are witnessing a natural cycle include those aged over 55 (36%), Coalition voters (39%) and those voting for an independent or minor party (47%).

Addressing climate change

Oct 12, 2021

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

Oct’21 Jun’21 Jan’21 Jun’20 Mar’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Not doing enough 42% 45% 42% 52% 55% 62% 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing enough 31% 30% 35% 25% 23% 19% 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Doing too much 15% 12% 10% 10% 9% 8% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 11% 13% 13% 13% 13% 11% 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,097 1,087 1,084 1,079 1,090 1,081 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Not doing enough 42% 41% 43% 38% 44% 44% 56% 26% 58% 39%
Doing enough 31% 31% 32% 33% 25% 36% 27% 47% 17% 23%
Doing too much 15% 18% 12% 19% 17% 9% 8% 18% 18% 29%
Don’t know 11% 10% 13% 10% 14% 11% 9% 9% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Most people think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change (42%), with 31% who think we are doing enough and 15% who think Australia is doing too much to address climate change. Consistent with previous years, 11% don’t know.
  • Since June 2021, there has been a shift among women, those aged 18-34 and Labor voters – all of whom are less likely to think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change.
  • 43% of women say Australia is not doing enough (down from 49% in Jun’21), while 32% say we are doing enough (up from 27%).
  • 38% of women say Australia is not doing enough (down from 47% in Jun’21), while those saying Australia is doing too much has increased from 7% to 12%.
  • 56% of Labor voters say Australia is not doing enough (down from 64% in Jun’21), while 27% say we are doing enough (up from 19%).
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