Coronavirus concerns

Jun 23, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Australia?

  22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very concerned 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44%
Quite concerned 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43%
Not that concerned 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2%
Base (n) 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

Specific covid-19 concerns

Apr 21, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about these possible impacts of the Covid-19?

NET: CONCERNED (VERY/SOMEWHAT) 20/04 13/04
The Australian economy as a whole 87% 85%
General unemployment if companies are forced out of business 83% 79%
The physical health of close family members 74% 73%
The impact on my superannuation, savings or investments 67% 63%
My close family members’ mental health 64% 61%
My physical health and catching the virus 64% 62%
My economic situation if I lose my job or have less work 59% 58%
My ability to buy food and essential items if stores run out 58% 58%
Children’s development by missing out on school 56% 52%
My mental health as a result of social distancing 50% 47%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068
  • Economic issues are seen as most concerning when thinking about the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. 87% say they are concerned (very/somewhat) about the economy as a whole and 83% are concerned about general unemployment.
  • Those aged 18-34 were more likely than other age groups to be concerned about the impact on their mental health (67% to 43%), and that of their families (74% to 601%).
  • Concern for children is highest among those in households with dependent children (62% are very or somewhat concerned).

Concern about household expenses

May 5, 2015

Q. How concerned or unconcerned are you about the current costs of each specific expense for your household?

  Total concern-ed Total not concern-ed   Very concern-ed Not at all concern-ed Don’t know House-hold does not have this expense   Total concern-ed July 2014 Very concern-ed July 2014
Electricity 72% 25% 34% 7% 2% 1% 80% 49%
Health or medical (includes health insurance) 67% 24% 31% 6% 3% 5% 76% 42%
Food and groceries 65% 33% 25% 8% 2% * 70% 29%
Transport (petrol, car, public transport) 60% 36% 22% 8% 2% 1% 74% 35%
Water 52% 40% 18% 10% 3% 6% 63% 29%
Mortgage or rent 48% 32% 21% 12% 3% 17% 53% 26%
Home insurance 48% 37% 18% 8% 4% 10% 61% 27%
Gas 43% 32% 16% 9% 2% 22% 54% 27%
Internet 42% 54% 12% 14% 2% 1% 47% 19%
Telephone 39% 56% 12% 16% 3% 2% 51% 20%
Education 38% 35% 17% 12% 2% 25% 51% 26%

The household expenses of most concern were electricity (72% concerned), health or medical (67%), food and groceries (65%) and transport (60%).

Since this question was asked in July last year, levels of concern about household expenses has dropped for all items. However, there has been little change in the ranking of issues of concern.

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