Essential Report

Confidence in federal government’s long-term plans

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Please indicate which is closest to your view about the federal government’s plan for each of the following issues:

TOTAL: I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, and it’s clear to me what this plan is Aug’21 May’21
Minimise the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education 18%
Reduce the national deficit 18% 16%
Reopen international borders 21% 21%
Establish quarantine facilities 23% 21%
Protect children and young people from getting Covid-19 25%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout 26% 25%
  • Since May, the federal government has not convinced any more people it has a long-term plan to deal with the major challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 26% say they are confident the government has a plan, and it’s clear what it is for the vaccine roll-out (25% in May), 23% are clear on the government’s plans for quarantine facilities (21% in May), and 21% think there is a clear long-term plan to reopen international borders (21% in May).
I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, and it’s clear to me what this plan is I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, but it hasn’t been communicated well I’m not confident the federal government has a long-term plan
Minimise the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education 18% 39% 43%
Reduce the national deficit 18% 40% 42%
Reopen international borders 21% 38% 41%
Establish quarantine facilities 23% 37% 40%
Protect children and young people from getting Covid-19 25% 37% 38%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout 26% 39% 35%
  • There is uncertainty about the federal government’s long-term plans, or a perception that these plans have not been communicated clearly to the public.
  • 43% of people aren’t confident there is a long-term plan from minimising the long-term impact of remote learning on children and young people’s education. 39% are confident a plan exists but think it hasn’t been communicated well.
  • Over a third (35%) are not confident the federal government has a long-term plan for protecting children and young people from getting Covid-19. A further third (39%) are confident a plan exists but think it hasn’t been communicated well.

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