Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis remains stable with 63% rating their response as very or quite good.

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

TOTAL: Very/Quite good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
New South Wales 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
Victoria 49% 53% 49% 67% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Queensland 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%

 

  • Since the start of the outbreak in Victoria last month, the Victorian state government rating has been the lowest of the three most populous states with around half (49% this week) saying the Victorian Government is doing a Very good, or quite good job responding to Covid-19.
  • New South Wales has also seen a decrease in rating, moving from 70% in June to 61% this week.

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very concerned 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32%
Quite concerned 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46%
Not that concerned 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has further increased with 50% of Australians ‘very concerned’, up from 43% last month.
  • Concern is higher among capital city residents (92%) compared to non-capital city residents (84%), and lower among those likely to vote for an independent or other party at an election (81%) than all other voters (91%).

Coronavirus concerns

Jul 28, 2020

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

  27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very concerned 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39%
Quite concerned 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44%
Not that concerned 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very concerned 43% 48% 47% 36% 40% 38%
Quite concerned 44% 43% 43% 47% 46% 48%
Not that concerned 9% 7% 7% 10% 11% 9%
Not at all concerned 4% 2% 3% 7% 3% 6%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has increased again – two weeks ago 36% of participants were very concerned about the threat of Covid-19 which has increased to 43%.
  • Concern is highest in New South Wales (48% are very concerned) and Victoria (47%), while states where Covid-19 cases aren’t increasing are less concerned (36% very concerned, QLD; 40% SA, 38% WA).

State Government response to Covid-19

Jul 28, 2020

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

All States 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 7% 7% 5% 4% 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Quite poor 11% 11% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 18% 17% 17% 17% 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17%
Quite good 36% 36% 41% 38% 39% 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41%
Very good 28% 28% 28% 33% 32% 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 17% 13% 12% 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13%
TOTAL: Good 65% 64% 69% 71% 71% 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

TOTAL: Good 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
NSW 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68% 63%
VIC 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72% 77%
QLD 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65% 67%
SA 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78% 76% 77%
WA 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83% 79% 76%

 

VICTORIA ONLY 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3%
Quite poor 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11% 8% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15% 17% 14%
Quite good 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34% 32% 40%
Very good 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37% 40% 37%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14% 11% 9%
TOTAL: Good 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72% 77%
Base (n) 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275 275 272

 

  • Victoria’s rating of their State Government’s performance is still well below their results in June and is steady during the last fortnight (53%).
  • South Australia (76%) and Western Australia (82%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.

Government response to Covid-19

Jul 28, 2020

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

  27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Quite poor 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17%
Quite good 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44%
Very good 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13%
TOTAL: Good 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

  • Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis is stable from last fortnight, with 64% rating the response as good (either very or quite good).

Preference for elimination or suppression strategy

Jul 28, 2020

Q. Out of the following two strategies, which do you think the Australian government should pursue in its response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

 

    Voting intention
  Total Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
Elimination strategy:

Work towards removing all cases of Covid-19 in Australia

44% 52% 31% 54% 49%
Suppression strategy:

Work towards minimising outbreaks and keeping the number of new cases at a manageable level for medical services until an effective vaccine is available

56% 48% 69% 46% 51%
Base (n) 1,058 334 428 81 107

 

    State  
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Elimination strategy:

Work towards removing all cases of Covid-19 in Australia

44% 42% 46% 41% 42% 46%
Suppression strategy:

Work towards minimising outbreaks and keeping the number of new cases at a manageable level for medical services until an effective vaccine is available

56% 58% 54% 59% 58% 54%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • The population is split on the preferred strategy to deal with Covid-19 in Australia. While 56% of participants think the Australian government should pursue a suppression strategy towards Covid-19, 46% opted for elimination of the virus.
  • Suppression was the favoured b the majority of residents in all states.
  • Coalition voters (69%) are more in favour of the Suppression strategy than, Labor (48%), Greens (46%) and voters for other parties (51%).

Mandatory face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public places to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly oppose 5% 6% 4% 4% 8% 2%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 9% 3%
Neither support nor oppose 20% 21% 19% 25% 18% 17%
Somewhat support 27% 28% 25% 26% 27% 28%
Strongly support 41% 36% 46% 34% 38% 50%
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 16% 10% 16% 17% 6%
TOTAL: Support 68% 64% 71% 59% 65% 77%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Strongly oppose 5% 2% 5% 8% 4% 5%  
Somewhat oppose 8% 8% 10% 9% 5% 7%  
Neither support nor oppose 20% 20% 12% 25% 26% 27%  
Somewhat support 27% 31% 20% 25% 27% 31%  
Strongly support 41% 39% 53% 33% 38% 30%  
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 10% 14% 17% 9% 12%  
TOTAL: Support 68% 70% 74% 58% 65% 61%  
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110  
  • There is strong support for the mandatory use of face masks and coverings in public places, with two-thirds (68%) of participants supporting this enforcement. (either strongly or somewhat).
  • Support for this position was highest among women (71% support), those over 55 years old (77%), people in NSW (70%) and Victorian residents (74%).
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