Coronavirus concerns and government actions

Feb 11, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  Total
Very concerned 25%
Quite concerned 43%
Not that concerned 26%
Not at all concerned 6%
Base (n) 1,056

 

Q. Do you think the Government is doing enough to protect Australians from the threat of Coronavirus?

    Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Government is doing enough 49% 43% 45% 57% 43% 68% 34% 37%
Government is not doing enough 30% 38% 35% 19% 38% 16% 38% 40%
Don’t know 21% 19% 20% 24% 19% 15% 28% 23%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155
  • 25% are very concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus to Australia and 43% are quite concerned. 26% are not at all concerned and 6% say they are not at all concerned.
  • 49% of participants believe the government is doing enough to protect Australians from Coronavirus; those over 55 years old (57%) and Coalition voters (68%) are most likely to say that the Government is doing enough.
  • Those aged 18-54 year old (37%), with dependent children (35%), Greens voters (38%) and other/independent party voters (40%) are more likely to believe that the government isn’t doing enough.

Attitudes towards Coronavirus management

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus to Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 10% 59% 25% 8% 2% 5%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 11% 59% 25% 8% 3% 5%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 12% 59% 23% 8% 4% 6%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 77% 83% 92% 84% 91% 72% 82%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 76% 84% 90% 84% 90% 71% 86%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 73% 82% 90% 79% 92% 67% 83%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155

 

  • More than four-fifths of participants agree with each of the three measures to limit to the spread of the Coronavirus; stopping all flights to and from China has 85% agreement, stopping anyone entering the country who has been to China in the last 14 days has 84% agreement, and 82% agree that people entering Australia from affected areas in China should be quarantined.
  • Participants over 55 years old and Coalition voters are more likely to agree with these measures, than participants 18-34 and Greens voters.

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