Essential Report

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jul 20, 2021

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

  19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10
Very poor 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5%
Quite poor 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12%
Neither good nor poor 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22%
Quite good 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39%
Very good 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21%
TOTAL: Poor 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18%
TOTAL: Good 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60%
Base (n) 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066

 

TOTAL: Good 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 46% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good, with 31% rating it as poor.
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off, falling to 44% earlier this month, the lowest rating recorded to date for this question which was first asked in March 2020.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has improved in WA (up 9 percentage points to 51%), NSW (up 5 percentage points to 49%) and SA (up 3 percentage points to 48%).
  • In Victoria, positive rating is now at 39%, down from 65% in March. This positive rating also continues to drop in QLD, now 46% (from 69% in March).

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