Essential Report

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

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

  07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
Very poor 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8%
Quite poor 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12%
Neither good nor poor 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22%
Quite good 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40%
Very good 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18%
TOTAL: Poor 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19%
TOTAL: Good 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59%
Base (n) 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076

 

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 53% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year when this question was first asked.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased in all states since last month, however it has fallen the most steeply in Victoria where it is now 42% (down 15 percentage points from 57% in May); disapproval of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 36% (from 22% last month) among Victorians.

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