Essential Report

Government response to Covid-19

Apr 14, 2020

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

  13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 23% 21% 11% 12%
NET: Poor 17% 21% 45% 29%
NET: Good 63% 58% 31% 45%
Base (n) 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 6% 7% 4% 8% 7% 3% 5% 6%
Quite poor 12% 13% 11% 22% 7% 7% 12% 10%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 19% 21% 28% 23% 11% 20% 21%
Quite good 40% 39% 40% 35% 42% 42% 41% 38%
Very good 23% 22% 24% 8% 22% 37% 22% 25%
NET: Poor 17% 19% 15% 30% 14% 10% 18% 16%
NET: Good 63% 61% 64% 43% 64% 79% 63% 63%
Base (n) 1,068 537 531 343 340 385 722 346
  • The perception that the Government improved for the second week in a row. 63% now think the Government has done a good job (Very/somewhat) in handling the crisis.
  • The ratings have increased most among people aged 35-54 (55% to 64%), and 55+ (68% to 79%).
  • Increases in the government’s rating were also seen among WA residents (increased from 60% to 74%), Labor voters (from 49% to 58%) and those in capital cities (increased from 55% to 63%).

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