Attitudes towards border protection and Coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Coronavirus?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this 81% 5% 43% 38% 14% 3% 2%
The Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia 80% 6% 53% 27% 14% 4% 3%
The government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus 62% 15% 22% 40% 23% 10% 5%
The border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country 20% 54% 6% 14% 26% 22% 32%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this 81% 70% 82% 90% 80% 86% 76% 84%
The Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia 80% 71% 80% 88% 79% 88% 66% 82%
The government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus 62% 53% 59% 73% 61% 73% 49% 53%
The border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country 20% 28% 20% 13% 21% 21% 22% 13%
Base (n) 1,090 341 374 375 336 390 104 146
  • Four out of five participants agree that because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this (81%) or the Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia (80%).
  • Three in five agree the government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus (62%); but only one in five agree that the border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country (20%).
  • Participants over 55 years old (90%, 88% and 73% agreement respectively) and Liberal voters (86%, 88% and 73%) are more likely to agree with the top three statements.
  • Capital residents are more likely to agree that government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus than those in non-capital cities (65% compared to 57%).
  • Men, 18-34 year olds and participants with a university education are more likely to agree that the border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country (24%, 28%, 29% respectively); than women, participants over 55 or with a secondary school education (16%, 13%, 12% respectively).

Attitudes towards mobile phone etiquette

Feb 25, 2020

Q. How appropriate are the following examples of mobile phone etiquette?

  NET: Appropriate NET: Inappropriate Always appropriate Usually appropriate Sometimes appropriate Rarely appropriate Never appropriate
Having video calls in public place (e.g. cafe or public transport) 13% 64% 4% 9% 23% 28% 36%
Texting or watching movies while walking along the street 12% 69% 4% 8% 19% 23% 46%
Checking messages while in a conversation with another person 10% 69% 4% 6% 21% 28% 41%
Having phone conversations on speaker in a public place (e.g. cafe or public transport) 10% 73% 4% 7% 16% 23% 50%
Using speakers rather than headphones in public 10% 77% 4% 6% 13% 25% 52%

 

NET:  Inappropriate   Gender Age
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Having video calls in public place (e.g. cafe or public transport) 64% 59% 69% 43% 60% 86%
Texting or watching movies while walking along the street 69% 64% 74% 48% 67% 90%
Checking messages while in a conversation with another person 69% 63% 75% 51% 66% 88%
Having phone conversations on speaker in a public place (e.g. cafe or public transport) 73% 68% 78% 60% 70% 87%
Using speakers rather than headphones in public 77% 74% 80% 67% 77% 86%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 341 374 375
  • Over half of people (52%) say it’s never appropriate to use speakers, rather than headphones in public, with another quarter (25%) saying it’s rarely appropriate.
  • Having a video call is seen to be the least inappropriate activity (36%), but still just 4% say this activity was always appropriate and 9% say it is usually appropriate.
  • Women and people over 55 years old are more likely to say each of the activities is never appropriate compared to men and those aged 18-34.
  • Non-capital city residents are more likely to say that having video calls in public place (43%), checking messages while in a conversation with another person (48%), and texting or watching movies while walking along the street (53%) are ‘never appropriate’ than their capital city compatriots (32%, 38% and 43% respectively).
  • However not using headphones (either for calls or using media) is just as inappropriate for capital and non-capital residents.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Feb 11, 2020

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

Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19
NET: Approve 39% 40% 45% 45% 47% 49% 48% 48%
NET: Disapprove 52% 52% 43% 41% 38% 36% 37% 34%
Don’t know 9% 8% 13% 13% 15% 15% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 10% 3% 24% 1% 8%
Approve 28% 16% 54% 9% 17%
Disapprove 24% 33% 12% 25% 28%
Strongly disapprove 28% 40% 5% 60% 36%
Don’t know 9% 8% 5% 5% 11%
NET: Approve 39% 19% 78% 10% 25%
NET: Disapprove 52% 74% 17% 84% 64%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 39%. It has not recovered following the fall from 45% at the end of last year to 40% in January.
  • Still 52% disapprove of his performance, which shows no change from January (52%).
  • However, the PM’s approval rating among Coalition voters remains high, 78% approval (79% in Jan’20).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Feb 11, 2020

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

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

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 6% 12% 4% 3% 2%
Approve 35% 51% 34% 27% 17%
Disapprove 22% 12% 30% 27% 28%
Strongly disapprove 9% 2% 15% 6% 20%
Don’t know 28% 24% 18% 37% 32%
NET: Approve 41% 62% 37% 30% 20%
NET: Disapprove 31% 14% 45% 33% 49%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • Approval for Albanese has remained steady at 41% (43% last month). Those who don’t know about Albanese’s performance remains relatively high, at 28%.
  • His approval within his voter base (62% among Labor voters) is still not as strong as Scott Morrison (78% among Coalition voters).

Preferred Prime Minister

Feb 11, 2020

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

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

 

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Scott Morrison 36% 14% 77% 5% 31%
Anthony Albanese 36% 64% 12% 58% 24%
Don’t know 28% 23% 11% 37% 45%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are considered equally capable of being Prime Minister (both 36%).
  • 28% are unsure who would make the better PM.

Returning to budget surplus

Feb 11, 2020

Q. Before the 2019 Federal election, the Government promised the 2019-2020 budget would return to surplus. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about achieving a budget surplus?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
It’s more important to spend money on bushfire recovery than fund the surplus 79% 11% 50% 30% 7% 5% 9%
It’s understandable with the coronavirus impacting trade with China that the surplus won’t be achieved 65% 18% 25% 40% 12% 6% 17%
The government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election 57% 24% 25% 32% 17% 7% 19%
  • Four in five (79%) agree that it’s more important to spend money on bushfire recovery than fund the surplus; 65% agree that it’s understandable with the coronavirus impacting trade on China that the surplus won’t be achieved; and over half (57%) agree that the government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election.
  • Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election (44%); while Labor (70%) and Greens (68%) voters are most likely to agree.

Attitude to Bridget McKenzie’s resignation and grant allocation

Feb 11, 2020

Q. The Deputy Leader of the Nationals has resigned for having a conflict of interest in awarding a grant to a shooting club of which she was a member. Which of the following statements do you agree with?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 17% 70% 17% 11% 6% 13%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 16% 36% 30% 12% 5% 18%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 38% 24% 26% 20% 18% 13%

 

 

NET: Agree   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 77% 65% 81% 71%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 76% 56% 70% 73%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 44% 61% 44% 44%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • 70% of participants agree that the investigation into the Deputy Nationals Leader needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants. Half (49%) of participants agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter (61%) than all other voters (44%).
  • Additionally, Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the investigation needs to continue (65%) and giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour (56%), than all other voters (76% and 74%).

Coronavirus concerns and government actions

Feb 11, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  Total
Very concerned 25%
Quite concerned 43%
Not that concerned 26%
Not at all concerned 6%
Base (n) 1,056

 

Q. Do you think the Government is doing enough to protect Australians from the threat of Coronavirus?

    Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Government is doing enough 49% 43% 45% 57% 43% 68% 34% 37%
Government is not doing enough 30% 38% 35% 19% 38% 16% 38% 40%
Don’t know 21% 19% 20% 24% 19% 15% 28% 23%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155
  • 25% are very concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus to Australia and 43% are quite concerned. 26% are not at all concerned and 6% say they are not at all concerned.
  • 49% of participants believe the government is doing enough to protect Australians from Coronavirus; those over 55 years old (57%) and Coalition voters (68%) are most likely to say that the Government is doing enough.
  • Those aged 18-54 year old (37%), with dependent children (35%), Greens voters (38%) and other/independent party voters (40%) are more likely to believe that the government isn’t doing enough.

Attitudes towards Coronavirus management

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus to Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 10% 59% 25% 8% 2% 5%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 11% 59% 25% 8% 3% 5%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 12% 59% 23% 8% 4% 6%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 77% 83% 92% 84% 91% 72% 82%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 76% 84% 90% 84% 90% 71% 86%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 73% 82% 90% 79% 92% 67% 83%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155

 

  • More than four-fifths of participants agree with each of the three measures to limit to the spread of the Coronavirus; stopping all flights to and from China has 85% agreement, stopping anyone entering the country who has been to China in the last 14 days has 84% agreement, and 82% agree that people entering Australia from affected areas in China should be quarantined.
  • Participants over 55 years old and Coalition voters are more likely to agree with these measures, than participants 18-34 and Greens voters.

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