Essential Report

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020

Q. How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Covid-19?

  13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 5% 8% 8% 1% 6% 3%
Somewhat likely 28% 32% 26% 25% 28% 27%
Somewhat unlikely 49% 39% 49% 58% 48% 52%
Very unlikely 18% 20% 17% 16% 17% 18%
Base (n) 1,068 343 340 385 722 346
  • Catching Covid-19 is seen as less likely this week, with fewer people saying they are very or somewhat likely to contract the virus (33%, down from 42% last week). The biggest decreases in likelihood were in Queensland (from 44% to 28%) and WA (from 38% to 26%).
  • The perceived threat of catching Covid-19 among Greens voters dropped from 56% who thought they were very/somewhat likely to catch Covid-19 (the highest of voter IDs last week) to 35% – which is now in line with voters of other parties.

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