Essential Report

Coronavirus concerns

Mar 10, 2020

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

  Mar’20 Feb’20 Difference
Very concerned 27% 25% +2
Quite concerned 36% 43% -7
Not that concerned 28% 26% +2
Not at all concerned 9% 6% +3
Base (n) 1,096 1,057
  • Net concern about the threat of Coronavirus has decreased overall with 36% of participants now ‘quite concerned’, down from 43% in Feb’20.
  • 9% of participants are now ‘not at all concerned’ about Coronavirus, up from 6% last month.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Q How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Coronavirus?

    Age group Federal Voting Intention
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Very likely 7% 11% 9% 2% 6% 7% 6% 10%
Somewhat likely 24% 25% 27% 21% 27% 26% 18% 21%
Somewhat unlikely 43% 35% 42% 49% 40% 48% 37% 38%
Very unlikely 26% 29% 22% 27% 27% 19% 38% 31%
Base (n) 1,096 341 370 385 347 359 92 171
  • Overall, two-thirds (68%) of participants think it’s unlikely that they will develop Coronavirus.
  • Especially those over 55 years old (77%) tend to believe it’s unlikely they will develop Coronavirus.
  • Greens voters tend to believe it’s very unlikely they will develop Coronavirus (38%) compared to all other voters (24%).

COVID-19 RESEARCH

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