Essential Report

Information about Covid-19

Aug 31, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Aug’21

30/08/21

Aug’20

10/08/20

April’20

20/04/20

April’20

13/04/20

April’20

06/04/20

March’20

29/03/20

March’20

22/03/20

I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 69% 66% 71% 70% 63% 64%
I trust the medical experts advising the government on their Covid-19 strategy 68%
I trust my state/territory government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 63%
I trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 52% 66% 62% 65% 63% 56% 56%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 40% 50% 41% 42% 51% 42% 35%
  • Since the start of the pandemic, people are just as likely to agree they feel informed about the situation.
  • However, agreement that people trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic has decreased from 66% in August 2020 to 52%.
  • Agreement that people trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic has also decreased in the past 12 months from 50% in August 2020 to 40%.
  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 13% 23% 45% 19% 8% 5%
I trust the medical experts advising the government on their Covid-19 strategy 68% 12% 33% 36% 19% 7% 5%
I trust my state/territory government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 63% 19% 23% 39% 18% 10% 10%
I trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 52% 26% 18% 34% 23% 14% 11%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 40% 33% 11% 30% 27% 18% 15%
  • 69% agree they feel informed about the current Covid-19 situation. Agreement is highest among those aged over 55 (77%) and Coalition voters (75%).
  • 68% of people agree that they trust the medical experts advising the government on their Covid-19 strategy, while 52% agree that they trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Less than half (40%) of people trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic.
TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 69% 68% 58% 69% 77% 72% 75% 71% 48%
I trust the medical experts advising the government on their Covid-19 strategy 68% 69% 68% 57% 69% 78% 70% 77% 65% 50%
I trust my state/territory government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 63% 62% 63% 60% 61% 68% 67% 69% 62% 43%
I trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 52% 53% 51% 44% 54% 56% 42% 75% 37% 36%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 40% 43% 37% 38% 42% 40% 42% 47% 36% 30%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119

 

TOTAL: Agree State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 66% 66% 66% 72% 78%
I trust the medical experts advising the government on their Covid-19 strategy 70% 59% 69% 74% 75%
I trust my state/territory government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 55% 54% 69% 75% 80%
I trust the federal government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 49% 46% 53% 62% 63%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 pandemic 42% 32% 39% 49% 52%
Base (n) 349 276 219 89 111
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely than those aged 18-34 to agree they feel informed and have trust in governments.
  • Trust in state governments is lowest in NSW (55%) and Victoria (54%).
  • Victorians are also less likely than others to trust medical experts and the media for Covid-19 information.

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