Performance of Scott Morrison

Jan 19, 2021

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

Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20
TOTAL: Approve 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49% 52%
Don’t know 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10% 9%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 20% 8% 42% 4% 9%
Approve 40% 39% 48% 31% 30%
Disapprove 18% 30% 6% 22% 22%
Strongly disapprove 13% 18% 2% 35% 20%
Don’t know 9% 5% 2% 8% 19%
TOTAL: Approve 61% 47% 90% 35% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 30% 48% 8% 57% 42%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 61%, unchanged since last month.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is at 90% among Coalition supporters and 47% among Labor voters, both also unchanged since last month (90% and 48%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jan 19, 2021

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

Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20
TOTAL: Approve 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42% 44% 41% 41%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27% 29% 33% 31%
Don’t know 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31% 27% 26% 28%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 9% 16% 8% 8% 3%
Approve 32% 47% 26% 37% 20%
Disapprove 23% 14% 33% 22% 25%
Strongly disapprove 10% 3% 16% 7% 22%
Don’t know 25% 19% 16% 26% 30%
TOTAL: Approve 42% 63% 35% 45% 24%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 18% 49% 29% 47%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now 42%, consistent with ratings seen throughout last year.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jan 19, 2021

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

  Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20
Scott Morrison 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40% 36%
Anthony Albanese 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35% 36%
Don’t know 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25% 28%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 51% 28% 83% 24% 45%
Anthony Albanese 25% 47% 8% 49% 16%
Don’t know 25% 26% 9% 27% 39%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • Half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (51%), while a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (25%). A further quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 83% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Just under half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (47%). 26% of Labor voters said they don’t know who would make the better leader.

Top Federal Government priorities for 2021

Jan 19, 2021

Q. From the options below, which of the following do you think the Federal Government should prioritise in 2021?

Please rank all the options below by dragging and dropping them in order of highest priority (1) to lowest priority (10).

TOTAL: Highest priority (Ranked 1)  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Provide the necessary healthcare resources to protect the country from Covid-19 24% 27% 23% 10% 21%
Stimulate job growth 13% 9% 17% 9% 11%
Reduce household bills 12% 15% 10% 12% 17%
Invest in public systems (e.g. aged care, childcare, healthcare) to safeguard the country from the ongoing effects of Covid-19 12% 13% 12% 8% 9%
Minimise environmental damage by addressing the effects of climate change 10% 12% 4% 25% 15%
Make the increase to the JobSeeker payment permanent 9% 10% 6% 14% 12%
Reduce the financial deficit in the Federal Budget 7% 5% 11% 3% 4%
Improve trade relations with China 5% 3% 9% 4% 5%
Include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution 5% 4% 6% 11% 2%
Build closer ties with the US and President-elect Joe Biden 3% 2% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • About a quarter (24%) of people think the highest priority for the Federal Government this year is to provide the necessary healthcare resources to protect the country from Covid-19.
  • Following this, investing in public systems (e.g. aged care, childcare, healthcare) to safeguard the country from the ongoing effects of Covid-19 was the top priority for 12% of people. Stimulating job growth and reducing household bills are also front of mind for Australians (13% and 12% respectively).
  • Coalition voters consider stimulating job growth as a higher government priority than other voters (17% compared to 9% Labor voters, 9% Greens voters and 11% other voters).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 19, 2021

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 51% 34% 30% 42% 54% 48% 49% 34% 33%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 38% 55% 57% 46% 39% 44% 44% 57% 42%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 11% 11% 14% 13% 7% 8% 7% 9% 25%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than mid last year. 42% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% last August. 47% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35% in August) and 11% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (54%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (25%).

Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Jan 19, 2021

Q. In your opinion, over the past 10 years, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, or have things stayed much the same?

  Jan’21 Jun’19
A lot better 18% 18%
A little better 30% 28%
Stayed much the same 32% 36%
A little worse 7% 5%
A lot worse 3% 3%
Don’t know 11% 10%
TOTAL: Better 48% 46%
TOTAL: Worse 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,084 1,097
  • Nearly half (48%) believe things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last 10 years, unchanged since June 2019 (46%).
  • About a third (32%) state that in their opinion, conditions have stayed much the same for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the past 10 years, while 10% believe things have got worse. Both figures were also at a similar level in June 2019.
  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
A lot better 18% 15% 23% 9% 20%
A little better 30% 32% 33% 22% 27%
Stayed much the same 32% 34% 31% 45% 26%
A little worse 7% 8% 3% 14% 10%
A lot worse 3% 3% 2% 7% 7%
Don’t know 11% 8% 8% 4% 9%
TOTAL: Better 48% 47% 57% 30% 47%
TOTAL: Worse 10% 11% 4% 21% 17%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to think things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the last decade (57% compared to 47% Labor voters, 30% Greens voters and 47% other voters).

Changing views towards Australia Day

Jan 19, 2021

Q. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

  Jan’21 Jan’20 Jan’19 Jan ‘17 Jan ‘16 Jan ‘15
Doing something to celebrate Australia Day 29% 34% 40% 34% 38% 40%
Just a public holiday 53% 46% 45% 46% 44% 41%
Working – I don’t get the Australia Day holiday 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 7%
Don’t know 12% 14% 9% 15% 12% 12%
Base (n) 1,084 1,080 1,652 1,015 1,028 1,020
  • Under a third (29%) of people are doing something to celebrate Australia Day this year, lower than in previous years (34% in 2020 and 40% in 2019).
  • Just over half (53%) say they treat it as just a public holiday, which is the highest recorded since 2015.
  • 6% are working and don’t get the holiday, and 12% don’t know.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Doing something to celebrate Australia Day 29% 35% 24% 23% 34% 31% 30% 36% 9% 32%
Just a public holiday 53% 47% 58% 58% 49% 53% 55% 48% 76% 45%
Working – I don’t get the Australia Day holiday 6% 6% 5% 8% 7% 2% 4% 7% 8% 7%
Don’t know 12% 11% 13% 11% 11% 15% 11% 9% 8% 15%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day compared to other voters (36% followed by 30% Labor voters, 32% other voters and 9% Greens voters). For the majority of Greens voters (76%), Australia Day is just a public holiday.
  • Those aged 18-34 are less likely to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day than older cohorts (23% compared to 34% of those 35-54 and 31% of those over 55).

Support towards a separate national day

Jan 19, 2021

Q. It has been suggested that Australia should have a separate national day to recognise Indigenous Australians. Do you…?

  Jan‘21 Jan‘20 Jan’19 Oct‘18
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 35% 32% 37% 36%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 18% 15% 14%
Do not support a separate day 35% 40% 40% 37%
Don’t know 12% 11% 8% 12%
TOTAL: Support a separate day 53% 50% 52% 50%
Base (n) 1,084 1,080 1,652 1,027
  • Support for a separate day to recognise Indigenous Australians (either in place, or alongside Australia Day) is now at 53% (50% in 2020).
  • 35% support including a separate national day with a further 18% supporting a replacement of Australia Day.
  • Over a third (35%) don’t support a separate day.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 35% 38% 32% 39% 41% 26% 43% 36% 24% 30%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 16% 20% 27% 16% 13% 18% 13% 53% 17%
Do not support a separate day 35% 35% 34% 17% 29% 55% 29% 45% 14% 45%
Don’t know 12% 11% 14% 16% 14% 6% 11% 7% 9% 8%
TOTAL: Support a separate day 53% 54% 52% 67% 56% 39% 61% 49% 77% 47%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Support for a separate day is highest among Greens voters (77%), Labor voters (61%) and those aged 18-34 (67%).
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