Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09
NSW 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67%
VIC 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47%
QLD 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68%
SA 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81%
WA 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84%
  • With the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has fallen steeply (down 12 percentage points from 69% in June).
  • While restrictions continue to ease in Victoria, rating of the state government has improved only marginally compared to last month (now 50% from 48% in June).
  • With Queensland affected by Covid-19 cases and a lockdown, rating of the state government remains moderately high but has decreased to 61% (from 65% last month).
  • Despite WA also having been affected by Covid-19 cases and a lockdown, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has improved significantly – up 11 percentage points to 86% (from 75% last month). This is consistent with the level in April.
  • Rating of the SA government’s handling of Covid-19 remains high and stable at 67%.

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