Essential Report

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 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…

TOTAL: Confident 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,090 1,074 1,092
  • With the issues affecting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, now just over half are confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (52% from 64% last month).
  • Additionally, less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (43% from 68% last month) and two-thirds are now confident that it is being done safely (63% from 73% last month). 
TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… are being done efficiently 43% 46% 41% 50% 43% 39% 39% 56% 32% 32%
… are being done safely 63% 68% 59% 57% 58% 74% 61% 74% 64% 52%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 60% 44% 53% 46% 57% 49% 64% 56% 36%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout has dropped across all demographics, the confidence of those 35-54, has been hit the hardest. Last month, 61% of those aged 35-54 were confident the rollout will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country, now 46% are confident this is the case. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency (was 64%, now 43%) and safety (was 69%, now 58%).
  • Coalition voters are still the most confident that the vaccine rollout is being done efficiently (56%), safely (74%), and will be effective and stopping Covid-19 within the country (64%).

Satisfaction with speed of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your view on how quickly Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19?

They are being vaccinated…

  This week

26/04

Two weeks ago 12/04
… much more quickly than I would like 11% 13%
… a bit more quickly than I would like 9% 8%
… at about the right speed 21% 19%
… a bit more slowly than I would like 26% 25%
… a lot more slowly than I would like 19% 27%
Unsure 14% 9%
TOTAL:  More quickly than I would like 19% 20%
TOTAL:  More slowly than I would like 45% 52%
Base (n) 1,090 1,368

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… much more quickly than I would like 11% 13% 9% 16% 13% 4% 9% 11% 9% 19%
… a bit more quickly than I would like 9% 10% 7% 13% 11% 3% 10% 10% 8% 5%
… at about the right speed 21% 23% 20% 26% 19% 19% 17% 27% 18% 18%
… a bit more slowly than I would like 26% 25% 27% 23% 19% 36% 30% 29% 24% 17%
… a lot more slowly than I would like 19% 20% 19% 9% 18% 30% 24% 17% 20% 23%
Unsure 14% 9% 19% 14% 20% 8% 10% 6% 20% 18%
TOTAL:  More quickly than I would like 19% 23% 16% 29% 24% 7% 19% 21% 17% 25%
TOTAL:  More slowly than I would like 45% 45% 45% 32% 36% 66% 54% 45% 45% 39%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • 45% now think Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19 more slowly than they would like, a drop from two weeks ago (52%), as more participants are unsure about the speed of the vaccination rollout (14% this week, 9% two weeks ago).
  • The proportion of participants who think Australians are being vaccinated more quickly than they would like is on par with last fortnight (19% this week, 20% two weeks ago).
  • Those over 55 are still more likely than younger cohorts to think the vaccine rollout is progressing more slowly than they would like (66% compared to 36% of 35-54 and 32% those 18-34 years old).
  • Labor voters are also still the most likely voters to think the vaccine rollout is progressing more slowly than they would like (54% compared to 45% Coalition voters, 45% Greens voters and 39% independent and minor party voters).

Party most responsible for slow vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Which do you think is MOST responsible for Australians being vaccinated more slowly than you would like?

[Asked only to those who think Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19 a bit / a lot more slowly than they would like]

  This week

26/04

Two weeks ago 12/04
The federal government 48% 42%
State and territory governments 8% 7%
International supply chains 18% 24%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 16% 18%
Unsure 11% 8%
Base (n) 505 713

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 48% 54% 41% 43% 54% 46% 59% 32% 64% 47%
State and territory governments 8% 9% 7% 12% 10% 6% 5% 12% 6% 7%
International supply chains 18% 17% 18% 13% 12% 22% 11% 28% 5% 14%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 16% 14% 17% 23% 11% 15% 14% 21% 13% 12%
Unsure 11% 6% 16% 9% 13% 10% 10% 7% 12% 20%
Base (n) 505 262 243 112 102 291 200 196 40 44
  • Almost half of those who say Australians are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like think the federal government is most responsible for this (48% up from 42% two weeks ago).
  • 18% place the onus on international supply chains (a drop from 24% two weeks ago), followed by 16% (on par with 18% a fortnight ago) who feel unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines are the main reason for the slow progress of the vaccine rollout in Australia.
  • Only 8% think state and territory governments are most responsible and 11% are unsure.
  • Those most likely to place responsibility on the federal government for Australians being vaccinated more slowly than they would like include men (54%), Greens (64%) and Labor voters (59%).
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to think international supply chains are most responsible for the delays (28%, compared to 10% of all other voters).

Time to return to normal

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

APRIL 2021 Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 7% 23% 42% 21% 7%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 8% 15% 37% 31% 9%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 16% 17% 30% 22% 15%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 7% 14% 32% 40% 8%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 10% 20% 34% 27% 9%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 8% 11% 42% 34%

 

JULY 2020 Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 9% 21% 43% 20% 6%
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 7% 17% 38% 32% 6%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 7% 15% 35% 38% 5%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 6% 14% 36% 38% 6%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 6% 13% 27% 48% 6%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 6% 14% 53% 23%
  • Current expectations of when the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia mirrors expectations in July 2020 of when a Covid-19 vaccine will be developed. The largest cohort (42%) think the rollout will be completed in one to two years, reflecting the 43% last July who thought a Covid-19 vaccine would be developed in one to two years.
  • People are now more optimistic that the housing market will return to pre-pandemic levels, with 16% who currently think this will happen within the next six months, compared to the 7% who thought this last July.
  • People are also now more hopeful that unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels, with 20% now thinking this could happen in seven months up to one year (20%) or one to two years (34%).
  • However, over a third (34%) now think Australia will never pay off its national debt, with the majority (42%) thinking this will take more than two years.
  • Current expectations of when quarantine will no longer be required after international travel and when international travel will be allowed without restriction also align with expectations last July, with most people thinking this will take one to two years or more than two years.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Apr 13, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
TOTAL: Approve 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27%
Don’t know 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9%
Base (n) 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 19% 8% 40% 12% 13%
Approve 34% 28% 49% 24% 22%
Disapprove 21% 29% 6% 26% 32%
Strongly disapprove 16% 28% 2% 28% 24%
Don’t know 9% 7% 3% 10% 9%
TOTAL: Approve 54% 36% 88% 36% 34%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 57% 8% 55% 56%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165

 

TOTAL: Approve 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove              
Men 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 54% (from 65% in February). This is the lowest rating seen in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval of the PM among women has increased to 42%, from 28% in February.

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Apr 13, 2021

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

Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
TOTAL: Approve 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42%
TOTAL: Disapprove 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27%
Don’t know 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 9% 12% 9% 11% 9%
Approve 29% 44% 24% 30% 17%
Disapprove 23% 21% 28% 21% 23%
Strongly disapprove 12% 1% 21% 5% 22%
Don’t know 27% 22% 17% 32% 29%
TOTAL: Approve 39% 55% 33% 41% 26%
TOTAL: Disapprove 34% 22% 49% 27% 45%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 39%, a slight dip from last month’s level (41%).
  • Approval of the Opposition Leader has fallen to 55% among Labor voters (from 60% in March) and is 33% among Coalition voters (30% in March.

Preferred Prime Minister

Apr 13, 2021

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

  Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
Scott Morrison 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25%
Don’t know 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

Men Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women              
Scott Morrison 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

Apr’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 47% 27% 80% 28% 41%
Anthony Albanese 28% 50% 10% 45% 20%
Don’t know 25% 24% 9% 26% 39%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165
  • Just under half (47%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese, a drop since last month (52%) and the lowest figure seen in the last 12 months.
  • 28% would prefer the Opposition Leader (no change from 26% in March). A quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has dropped among women from 53% last month to 42% in April. Preference is unchanged among men (52% and 53%).
  • Half (50%) of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, consistent with levels last month (49%). Just under a third (27%) think Morrison would make the better leader and about a quarter (24%) don’t know.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Apr 13, 2021

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

  12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08
Very poor 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7%
Quite poor 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8%
Neither good nor poor 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21%
Quite good 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16%
TOTAL: Good 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped back down to 62% (from 70% mid-March). This is consistent with levels at the start of March.
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