Coronavirus concerns

May 26, 2020

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

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very concerned 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27%
Quite concerned 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36%
Not that concerned 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28%
Not at all concerned 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 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 concerned 30% 29% 33% 28% 32% 26%
Quite concerned 49% 49% 49% 49% 49% 48%
Not that concerned 16% 18% 14% 17% 15% 20%
Not at all concerned 5% 4% 4% 6% 4% 7%
Base (n) 1,087 341 364 382 738 349

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 26, 2020

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

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very likely 5% 6% 6% 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8%
Somewhat likely 22% 25% 24% 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34%
Somewhat unlikely 51% 48% 48% 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45%
Very unlikely 23% 21% 21% 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 5% 8% 6% 2% 7% 2%
Somewhat likely 22% 22% 27% 16% 23% 20%
Somewhat unlikely 51% 45% 46% 59% 50% 53%
Very unlikely 23% 25% 21% 23% 21% 25%
Base (n) 1,087 341 364 382 738 349

Government response to Covid-19

May 26, 2020

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

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03
Very poor 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11%
Quite poor 6% 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24%
Quite good 43% 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34%
Very good 30% 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31%
TOTAL: Good 73% 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 6% 3% 7% 4% 3% 4% 6%
Quite poor 6% 8% 4% 8% 7% 3% 6% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 16% 16% 21% 16% 13% 16% 18%
Quite good 43% 41% 44% 48% 47% 34% 45% 38%
Very good 30% 28% 32% 16% 26% 47% 29% 33%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 14% 7% 15% 11% 6% 10% 12%
TOTAL: Good 73% 70% 76% 63% 73% 81% 74% 70%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382 738 349

State Government response to Covid-19

May 26, 2020

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

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 17% 16% 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 38% 39% 39% 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 35% 33% 34% 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 73% 72% 73% 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 4% 5% 3% 3% 2% 4%
Quite poor 7% 8% 9% 8% 2% 3%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 22% 16% 15% 12% 10%
Quite good 38% 41% 37% 42% 38% 20%
Very good 35% 24% 36% 32% 46% 63%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 11% 12% 4% 7%
TOTAL: Good 73% 65% 73% 74% 84% 83%
Base (n) 1,087 349 275 220 84 106

Easing restrictions

May 26, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 14% 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 10% 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 23% 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 17% 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 9% 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 14% 18% 10% 17% 12% 14%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 10% 11% 10% 12% 9% 10%
Within the next month 23% 24% 23% 24% 22% 23%
By the end of next month 17% 17% 17% 15% 18% 18%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 22% 31% 23% 29% 28%
Unsure 9% 8% 9% 9% 10% 7%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382

Continuation of short-term measures

May 26, 2020

Q. The Federal Government has introduced some short-term measures to help people financially deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. For each of the following, how long do you think do you think the schemes should continue?

  Should end as soon as possible Should end at current set date Should continue after the current end date Unsure
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education

(Due to end 28th June 2020)

14% 33% 36% 17%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

21% 28% 36% 15%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

17% 36% 32% 14%

 

TOTAL: Should continue after the current end date   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education 36% 39% 33% 43% 34% 31%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight 36% 39% 33% 42% 36% 30%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker 32% 35% 30% 38% 32% 27%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382
  • One-third of participants say that providing feed childcare, and increasing JobSeeker payments should continue after the current end date (both 36%).
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say any of the short-term measures should continue after the current end date, whereas 55+ year olds are least likely to support continuing these measures.
  • Men are more likely to support continuing the increased JobSeeker payments after 24th September 2020 (39%) than women (33%).

Chinese Barley Tariffs

May 26, 2020

Q. Last week the Chinese government imposed tariffs on Australian barley exports, costing farmers millions of dollars through lost revenue. To what extent do you agree or disagree about the following statements about international trade with China?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The Australian government needs to stand up to the Chinese Government and demand an open inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 66% 9% 44% 22% 14% 5% 4% 11%
The Chinese government imposed the tariffs in response to Australia leading calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 57% 15% 36% 20% 16% 7% 7% 13%
The Australian government needs to do all it can to avoid a trade war with China 53% 17% 28% 25% 19% 11% 7% 11%
Australia should impose tariffs on imports from China in retaliation 48% 22% 27% 21% 19% 14% 7% 12%
Australia should work towards an agreement with China to remove the tariffs on barley, whatever the conditions 47% 23% 20% 27% 19% 12% 11% 11%

 

NET: Agree   Age Group Age Group
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
The Australian government needs to stand up to the Chinese Government and demand an open inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 66% 52% 66% 78% 60% 76% 59% 69%
The Chinese government imposed the tariffs in response to Australia leading calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 57% 46% 57% 65% 59% 66% 47% 52%
The Australian government needs to do all it can to avoid a trade war with China 53% 49% 51% 57% 58% 57% 52% 36%
Australia should impose tariffs on imports from China in retaliation 48% 39% 50% 53% 46% 54% 42% 52%
Australia should work towards an agreement with China to remove the tariffs on barley, whatever the conditions 47% 38% 48% 54% 51% 52% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,087 341 364 382 323 428 100 120
  • Two-thirds (66%) of participants agree the Australian government needs to stand up to the Chinese Government and demand an open inquiry into the origins of Covid-19.
  • More than half of participants agree the Chinese government imposed the tariffs in response to Australia leading calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 (57%) or the Australian government needs to do all it can to avoid a trade war with China (53%).
  • Less than half of participants agree that Australia should impose tariffs on imports from China in retaliation (48%) or Australia should work towards an agreement with China to remove the tariffs on barley, whatever the conditions (47%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to agree that the government needs to stand up to the Chinese Government and demand an open inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 (76%); while Labor (60%) and Greens (59%) voters are less likely to agree.

Influence of China

May 26, 2020

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with China, how do you rate the influence of China on each of the following aspects?

  NET: Positive NET: Negative Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 51% 9% 17% 27% 24% 24%
Australia’s international trade 28% 58% 7% 22% 26% 31% 14%
Australia’s culture 35% 44% 9% 26% 23% 21% 22%
Australia’s politics 23% 59% 7% 16% 31% 28% 18%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 62% 4% 17% 27% 35% 17%

 

NET: Positive influence May’20 Aug’19 Change
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 33% -8%
Australia’s international trade 28% 59% -31%
Australia’s culture 35% 43% -8%
Australia’s politics 23% 30% -7%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 41% -19%
Base 1,087 1,096

 

NET: Positive influence   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 30% 21% 23% 33% 19% 21%
Australia’s international trade 28% 34% 23% 28% 31% 30% 24%
Australia’s culture 35% 38% 31% 36% 34% 41% 30%
Australia’s politics 23% 26% 20% 21% 28% 18% 17%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 28% 16% 25% 23% 19% 18%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 323 428 100 120
  • Compared to August 2019, participants are less likely to rate China’s influence on Australia as positive – particularly in international trade (down 31%) and Chinese corporations operating in Australia (down 19%).
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