Essential Report

Comprehension and confidence in PM’s plan to ‘safely reopen’ Australia

Sep 14, 2021

Q. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he has a “safe plan to ensure that Australia can open up again with confidence”.

Thinking about this statement, which of the following applies to you?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I understand the plan and have confidence in it 26% 34% 19% 30% 27% 23% 18% 40% 23% 19%
I understand the plan but don’t have confidence in it 39% 38% 40% 38% 38% 40% 49% 30% 40% 43%
I’m aware of the plan but don’t understand it 15% 14% 17% 15% 13% 17% 12% 17% 19% 14%
I’m not aware of the plan 20% 14% 25% 16% 22% 20% 21% 13% 19% 24%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I understand the plan and have confidence in it 32% 26% 23% 22% 23%
I understand the plan but don’t have confidence in it 38% 43% 35% 38% 41%
I’m aware of the plan but don’t understand it 17% 14% 15% 18% 14%
I’m not aware of the plan 14% 17% 27% 22% 22%
Base (n) 352 274 217 89 111
  • About 4 in 10 (39%) say they understand the PM’s plan to ‘safely reopen’ Australia but don’t have confidence in it. In comparison, about a quarter (26%) say they understand the plan and have confidence in it.
  • 20% aren’t aware of this plan, and 15% are aware of it but don’t understand it.
  • Men are almost twice as likely as women to say they understand the plan and have confidence in it (34% to 19% respectively). Whereas women are more likely than men to say they aren’t aware of the plan (25% to 14%).
  • Besides men, those aged 18-34 (30%) and Coalition voters (40%) are more likely than others to say they understand and have confidence in the PM’s plan.

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