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%).

Effectiveness of face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In your opinion, how effective are face masks or coverings at preventing the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very effective 19% 21% 17% 22% 19% 16%
Quite effective 46% 43% 49% 40% 47% 51%
Not that effective 20% 22% 17% 24% 19% 17%
Not effective at all 5% 7% 4% 5% 7% 4%
Unsure 10% 7% 13% 8% 9% 12%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very effective 19% 18% 19% 20% 19% 13%
Quite effective 46% 49% 56% 34% 43% 42%
Not that effective 20% 19% 14% 24% 25% 26%
Not effective at all 5% 4% 5% 10% 2% 6%
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 13% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • There is widespread belief that using face masks can reduce the spread of the virus, 19% think they are very effective and 46% quite effective. Just 5% thinking they are not effective at all effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
  • Victorians are most likely to believe masks are effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19 with 19% believing they are ‘very effective’ and 56% saying ‘quite effective’.

Expected restriction levels

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, what do you expect will happen to the restriction levels in your local area over the next two months?

    Gender State
  Total Male Female NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I expect restrictions will become tighter 39% 35% 43% 53% 38% 37% 25% 16%
I expect no change to the restrictions 39% 42% 37% 35% 40% 39% 44% 51%
I expect restrictions will have eased 22% 23% 20% 12% 22% 24% 31% 33%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • Australians are preparing for a continuation, or tightening of restrictions over the next few months. 39% expect tighter restrictions in their local area and the same number do not expect any change to the current rules and guidelines. About one in five (22%) believe that restrictions will ease.
  • Women (43%) and residents of New South Wales (53%) are most likely to expect restrictions to become tighter; while men (35%) and Western Australia residents (16%) are less likely to expect this.

Time to return to normal

Jul 28, 2020

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

LAST MONTH (22/06) Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 11% 22% 43% 20% 4%
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 12% 27% 35% 22% 4%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 11% 22% 38% 25% 4%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 10% 23% 39% 24% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 17% 37% 33% 6%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 8% 15% 31% 27% 20%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 9% 12% 52% 22%

 

  • Expectations of the effect of the Covid-19 have lengthened in the past month, with more people now thinking the impacts will last for more than two years.
  • 32% expect it will be over two years before quarantine following international travel is removed (up from 22% last month). Similarly more people now think it will be over two years before housing prices (25% to 38%), unrestricted international travel (24% to 38%) and unemployment (33% to 48%) return to pre-Covid levels.
  • 26% do not think a population-wide resistance to the disease will ever be achieved.
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