Essential Report

Federal government response to Covid-19

Oct 26, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03
Very poor 12% 12% 12% 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5%
Quite poor 19% 18% 18% 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7%
Neither good nor poor 24% 25% 25% 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18%
Quite good 32% 32% 34% 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39%
Very good 14% 13% 11% 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31%
TOTAL: Poor 31% 30% 30% 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12%
TOTAL: Good 46% 45% 45% 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70%
Base (n) 1,781 1,097 1,094 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124

 

TOTAL: Good 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03
NSW 50% 48% 48% 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69%
VIC 34% 37% 39% 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65%
QLD 46% 50% 44% 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69%
SA 52% 46% 42% 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78%
WA 46% 49% 48% 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75%
  • 46% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (similar to earlier this month), with 31% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • The only state to record an improvement in positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 is South Australia (52% from 46% earlier in October).

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 26, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03
NSW 57% 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75%
VIC 43% 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62%
QLD 59% 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75%
SA 66% 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85%
WA 78% 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 in NSW continues to increase (now 57%, up from 40% in August).
  • Compared to earlier this month, positive rating has remained at a similar level in SA and WA, and decreased in VIC and most notably in QLD (now 59%, from 68%). This is the lowest rating in Queensland this year.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
Very poor 12% 12% 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6%
Quite poor 18% 18% 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8%
Neither good nor poor 25% 25% 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24%
Quite good 32% 34% 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39%
Very good 13% 11% 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 30% 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14%
TOTAL: Good 45% 45% 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62%
Base (n) 1,097 1,094 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074

 

TOTAL: Good 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 48% 48% 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 37% 39% 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 50% 44% 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 46% 42% 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 48% 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 45% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (same as last month), with 30% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has stayed the same in NSW (48%), but increased in Queensland (44% to 50%) and SA (42% to 46%).

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 12, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72%
VIC 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49%
QLD 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73%
SA 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78%
WA 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 in NSW continues to increase (now 55%, up from 40% in August).
  • Rating of state governments has improved in Queensland (62% to 68%), and South Australia (55% to 67%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Oct 12, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  11/10 27/09 13/09
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

81% 75% 69%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 6% 9% 11%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 10% 14%
I’d never get vaccinated 7% 7% 6%
Base (n) 1,097 1,094 1,100

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

90% 82% 74% 74% 76%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 5% 4% 5% 10% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 2% 7% 11% 9% 11%
I’d never get vaccinated 3% 7% 10% 7% 7%
Base (n) 352 276 215 89 111

  

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

83% 87% 79% 68%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 7% 5% 6% 6%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 7% 5% 12% 9%
I’d never get vaccinated 4% 3% 4% 17%
Base (n) 362 414 94 138
  • Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to increase, with 81% who have received at least a first dose. A further 6% are waiting to receive a first dose, even though they have already booked in.
  • Overall, 7% of people say they do not intend to get a vaccine, but this is highest among those intending to vote for a minor party at 17% (e.g. One Nation or UAP) or an independent candidate at the next federal election. Just 3% of those in NSW say they would never get vaccinated – the lowest of all states.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 26, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  26/04 15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 42% 47% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the rocky start to the nationwide Covid-19 vaccine rollout, 42% of Australians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible or they’ve already been vaccinated. This is a drop from last month (47%) and a return to levels at the start of this year / end of last year.
  • About the same proportion of people as last month say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (42%).
  • 16% now say they would never get vaccinated, the highest proportion since first recording data in August last year.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 42% 49% 36% 33% 39% 53% 43% 52% 33% 35%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 42% 40% 44% 44% 44% 38% 45% 39% 50% 33%
I’d never get vaccinated 16% 12% 20% 23% 17% 9% 13% 10% 17% 33%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately or already be vaccinated include men (49%) and those aged over 55 (53%) – however for the latter group this is a notable drop from last month (was 60%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (33%) – another significant increase since last month (20%).

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Apr 26, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, there are currently two vaccines available in Australia – the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-29 30-49 50-69 70 and over Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 37% 48% 27% 28% 31% 40% 61% 35% 47% 32% 31%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 3% 4% 2% 6% 4% 1% 2% 4% 4% 3% 0%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 27% 25% 28% 26% 29% 29% 16% 31% 28% 26% 22%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 11% 18% 15% 15% 15% 11% 13% 10% 14% 30%
Unsure 19% 12% 25% 25% 21% 15% 11% 17% 11% 24% 18%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 250 327 339 174 362 414 95 114
  • 37% would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine, however, nearly a third (27%) say they would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine. 14% would not be willing to get either vaccine, and 19% are unsure. Only 3% would get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Men are much more likely than women to be willing to get either vaccine (48% to 27% respectively); as women are more unsure (25% to 12% men).
  • Willingness to get either vaccine increases with age – while 28% of those 18-29 would be willing to receive either vaccine, this increases to 61% of those 70 and over.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to get either vaccine (47% to 35% Labor, 32% Greens and 31% minor and independent party voters).
  • Despite the recommendation against the AstraZeneca vaccine only applying to under 50s, those 50-69 are on par with those under 50 in terms of their willingness to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine. The proportion of those who would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine and not the AstraZeneca vaccine is consistent across all age groups under 70 – 26% of those 18-29, 29% of those 30-49, 29% of those 50-69 compared to 16% of those 70 and over would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine only.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia…

TOTAL: Confident 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,090 1,074 1,092
  • With the issues affecting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, now just over half are confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (52% from 64% last month).
  • Additionally, less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (43% from 68% last month) and two-thirds are now confident that it is being done safely (63% from 73% last month). 
TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… are being done efficiently 43% 46% 41% 50% 43% 39% 39% 56% 32% 32%
… are being done safely 63% 68% 59% 57% 58% 74% 61% 74% 64% 52%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 60% 44% 53% 46% 57% 49% 64% 56% 36%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout has dropped across all demographics, the confidence of those 35-54, has been hit the hardest. Last month, 61% of those aged 35-54 were confident the rollout will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country, now 46% are confident this is the case. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency (was 64%, now 43%) and safety (was 69%, now 58%).
  • Coalition voters are still the most confident that the vaccine rollout is being done efficiently (56%), safely (74%), and will be effective and stopping Covid-19 within the country (64%).
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