Essential Report

Scott Morrison’s treatment of NSW vs other states during Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated your state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO ALL RESPONDENTS EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN NSW]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 37% 41% 33% 38% 39% 34% 51% 26% 43% 35%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 9% 7% 11% 11% 4% 7% 9% 16% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 29% 29% 29% 21% 27% 37% 19% 47% 19% 31%
Unsure 26% 21% 31% 30% 23% 25% 23% 19% 21% 24%
Base (n) 743 366 377 247 250 246 297 236 61 83

 

  State
  VIC QLD SA WA
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 40% 35% 22% 50%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 7% 11% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 26% 32% 39% 18%
Unsure 25% 26% 28% 22%
Base (n) 275 220 87 106
  • Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO RESPONDENTS IN NSW ONLY]
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated NSW less favourably than other states 14% 16% 11% 19% 14% 9% 18% 9% 20% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW more favourably than other states 23% 28% 19% 27% 30% 15% 29% 23% 30% 13%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW the same as other states 46% 41% 50% 35% 39% 59% 33% 57% 40% 53%
Unsure 18% 15% 20% 19% 17% 17% 20% 11% 10% 24%
Base (n) 553 268 285 147 203 203 182 226 41 44
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated their state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, over a third (37%) of respondents in states besides NSW say Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably. 29% think Scott Morrison has treated their state the same as NSW and 26% are unsure. Only 8% think the PM has treated their state more favourably than NSW.
  • Victorians and Western Australians are more likely than those in other states to think the PM has treated their state less favourably than NSW (40% and 50% respectively).
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, just under half (46%) of those in NSW think the PM has treated their state equally, while 23% think he has treated NSW more favourably. 14% think the PM has treated NSW less favourably than other states, and 18% are unsure.
  • In other states besides NSW, compared to other voters, Labor voters are most likely to think Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably (51%), whereas Coalition voters are most likely to think their state has been treated equally (47%).
  • In NSW, compared to other voters, Coalition voters are the most likely to think the PM has treated NSW equally (57%), while Labor voters are the least likely to think this (33%).

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