Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Sep 14, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02
NSW 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71%
VIC 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61%
QLD 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78%
SA 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80%
WA 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has increased in both NSW and VIC by 6 percentage points respectively (now 46% and 50% respectively).
  • After weeks of falling ratings, this is the first improvement seen in both states since the first half of August. However, we are yet to see these ratings recover to their high levels in the first quarter of the year.
  • While still a relatively high rating, positive rating of the SA government’s response to Covid-19 has dropped by 9 percentage points to 67% in the last fortnight.
  • Contrastingly, positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased 9 percentage points to 87%. Both SA and WA ratings reflect those seen a month ago.
  • Positive rating of the QLD government is at 65%, consistent with last month (66%).

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