Views on opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following questions about children returning to school following the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Schools should teach most students remotely until the Covid-19 outbreak passes 50% 25% 23% 27% 25% 15% 10%
It’s unreasonable to expect teachers to prepare separate lessons for children who are learning remotely and for children who still attend school 52% 21% 23% 30% 27% 12% 8%
Even if schools in my state are open, I will still choose to keep my children home because of the Covid-19 outbreak

(PARENT/GUARDIAN ONLY)

41% 36% 17% 25% 23% 18% 17%

International Response

May 5, 2020

Q. Based on what you’ve seen in the media or heard from friends and family, how would you rate the response to the Covid-19 outbreak from each of these countries?

  TOTAL:

Good

TOTAL:

Poor

Very good Quite good Neither good, nor poor Quite poor Very poor
New Zealand 79% 5% 49% 30% 17% 2% 2%
China 21% 56% 6% 15% 23% 20% 36%
United Kingdom 20% 48% 4% 16% 33% 31% 17%
United States of America 12% 71% 3% 9% 17% 23% 48%
  • Australians think New Zealand has managed the Covid-19 well, with 79% rating the countries performance as very/quite good.
  • Around half of Australians rate the response of USA to Covid-19 as very poor (48%). Just 12% think the country has handled the outbreak well.

Raising Newstart

May 5, 2020

Q. The government has doubled the Newstart allowance to support people out of work for the next six months. When that time expires, which of the following would you prefer to see happen the Newstart allowance?

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Maintain the current rate ($560 per week) 24% 24% 24% 32% 27% 15% 26% 21%
Increase the former rate to equal the single pension amount ($472 per week) 33% 35% 31% 28% 31% 40% 31% 37%
Return to the former rate ($285 per week) 28% 27% 29% 23% 27% 33% 28% 28%
Unsure 15% 13% 16% 17% 15% 12% 15% 14%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Maintain the current rate ($560 per week) 24% 28% 20% 34% 18%
Increase the former rate to equal the single pension amount ($472 per week) 33% 38% 31% 38% 36%
Return to the former rate ($285 per week) 28% 22% 38% 16% 30%
Unsure 15% 12% 11% 12% 15%
Base (n) 1,093 325 435 108 114

 

Coronavirus concerns

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 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 39% 39% 42% 37% 41% 36%
Quite concerned 44% 47% 39% 47% 45% 44%
Not that concerned 13% 10% 15% 14% 12% 15%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 4% 2% 2% 5%
Base (n) 1,054 343 332 379 720 334
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 has lessened this again week, with 39% saying they are very concerned (down from 44% last week) and 44% saying they are quite concerned.
  • Concern in both capital and regional areas has eased, with the proportion very concerned in capital cities falling from 46% to 41%, while in regional areas it has moved from 40% to 36%.

Specific coronavirus concerns

Apr 28, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about these possible impacts of the Covid-19?

NET: CONCERNED (VERY/SOMEWHAT) 27/04 20/04 13/04
The Australian economy as a whole 85% 87% 85%
General unemployment if companies are forced out of business 83% 83% 79%
The physical health of close family members 69% 74% 73%
The impact on my superannuation, savings or investments 63% 67% 63%
My close family members’ mental health 60% 64% 61%
My physical health and catching the virus 59% 64% 62%
My economic situation if I lose my job or have less work 57% 59% 58%
Children’s development by missing out on school 52% 56% 52%
My ability to buy food and essential items if stores run out 50% 58% 58%
My mental health as a result of social distancing 47% 50% 47%
Base (n) 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

  Very concerned Quite concerned Not that concerned Not at all concerned Unsure
The Australian economy as a whole 47% 38% 11% 2% 2%
General unemployment if companies are forced out of business 41% 42% 11% 4% 2%
The physical health of close family members 32% 37% 23% 7% 2%
The impact on my superannuation, savings or investments 32% 32% 21% 11% 5%
My close family members’ mental health 23% 37% 26% 12% 2%
My physical health and catching the virus 25% 33% 29% 11% 2%
My economic situation if I lose my job or have less work 29% 28% 19% 18% 7%
Children’s development by missing out on school 20% 32% 26% 13% 8%
My ability to buy food and essential items if stores run out 18% 32% 33% 33% 14%
My mental health as a result of social distancing 20% 26% 28% 23% 2%
  • Economic issues are still the most concerning consequences of the Covid-19 crisis – 47% say they are very concerned about the economy as a whole and 41% are very concerned about general unemployment.
  • Those aged 18-34 are more likely than other age groups to be concerned about the impact on their mental health (29% very concerned, 17% 35+), their close family members’ mental health (30%, 20% 35+) and their ability to buy food (27%, 15% 35+).
  • Concern for children is highest among those in households with dependent children (31% are very concerned).

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 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% 10% 6% 1% 7% 3%
Somewhat likely 21% 29% 21% 15% 22% 20%
Somewhat unlikely 50% 41% 48% 59% 50% 50%
Very unlikely 23% 20% 24% 25% 22% 27%
Base (n) 1,054 343 332 379 720 334
  • The likelihood of catching Covid-19 has decreased again this week, with fewer people saying they are very/somewhat likely to contract the virus (27%, down from 32% last week).
  • 18-34 are most likely to say they are very or somewhat likely to catch Covid-19 (39%) compared to 22% of those over 35.

Reaction to Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 15% 14% 13% 17% 18% 33%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 68% 63% 59% 46% 39% 39%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 18% 24% 29% 37% 43% 28%
Base (n) 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 15% 18% 12% 21% 15% 10%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 68% 65% 70% 63% 67% 72%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 18% 18% 18% 16% 18% 18%
Base (n) 1,054 526 528 343 332 379
  • Two-thirds of people (68%) now believe the reaction to the threat of Covid-19 has been about right, with the proportion saying that the threat has been underestimated decreasing for a fourth week to just 18%.
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say that there has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 (21%) compared to those over 35 (12%).

Economic expectations

Apr 28, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your expectations of what will happen to the economy following the Covid-19 situation?

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 13% 11% 12% 11%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 49% 47% 49% 51%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 28% 30% 27% 29%
Unsure 10% 11% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069

 

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 13% 14% 11% 20% 11% 8%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 49% 53% 46% 53% 49% 47%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 28% 27% 30% 17% 30% 36%
Unsure 10% 6% 13% 10% 9% 9%
Base (n) 1,054 526 528 343 332 379

 

 

 

 

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