Coronavirus concerns

Apr 7, 2020

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

  06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 51% 46% 51% 54% 53% 48%
Quite concerned 37% 39% 37% 36% 37% 36%
Not that concerned 10% 12% 9% 9% 8% 13%
Not at all concerned 2% 3% 3% 1% 2% 2%
Base (n) 1,069 341 342 386 731 338

 

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Apr 7, 2020

Q. How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Covid-19?

  06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 8% 15% 9% 3% 9% 5%
Somewhat likely 33% 34% 36% 31% 33% 34%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 38% 42% 51% 44% 47%
Very unlikely 14% 13% 13% 14% 13% 15%
Base (n) 1,069 341 342 386 731 338

Reaction to Covid-19

Apr 7, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your personal views of the Covid-19 outbreak?

  06/04 29/03 22/03
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 17% 18% 33%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 46% 39% 39%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 37% 43% 28%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 17% 20% 14% 28% 17% 11%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 46% 45% 47% 43% 46% 47%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 37% 35% 39% 29% 36% 42%
Base (n) 1,069 523 546 341 342 386
  • There has been an increase in the proportion of women rating the reaction to the Covid-19 crisis to be about right (47%, up from 36% last week).
  • This increase has mainly come from a decrease in the proportion of women thinking the threat has been under-estimated (declining from 47% to 39%).

Government response to Covid-19

Apr 7, 2020

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

  06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 37% 34% 33%
Very good 21% 11% 12%
NET: Poor 21% 31% 29%
NET: Good 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 6% 8% 5% 7% 8% 5% 7% 6%
Quite poor 15% 16% 13% 21% 15% 11% 15% 13%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 22% 20% 31% 22% 16% 23% 18%
Quite good 37% 36% 38% 34% 40% 37% 36% 39%
Very good 21% 18% 24% 7% 15% 31% 19% 24%
NET: Poor 21% 24% 18% 28% 23% 16% 22% 19%
NET: Good 58% 54% 62% 41% 55% 68% 55% 63%
Base (n) 1,069 523 546 341 342 386 731 338

 

Information about Covid-19

Apr 7, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 06/04 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 70% 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 63% 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 52% 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 51% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 70% 14% 27% 43% 17% 9% 5%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 63% 18% 26% 37% 19% 10% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 52% 26% 17% 34% 22% 19% 7%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 51% 26% 14% 37% 23% 16% 10%

 

NET: AGREE   Gender Age Group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 70% 66% 74% 56% 68% 78% 69% 71%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 63% 59% 66% 51% 60% 70% 63% 63%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 52% 49% 55% 42% 46% 60% 51% 52%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 51% 50% 52% 41% 49% 56% 52% 49%
Base (n) 1,069 523 546 341 342 386 731 338
  • This week, woman are more likely to agree that they feel informed of the situation and the impact on them and their families (74% up from 62%), that they trust the government to provide honest and objective information (66%, up from 56%) and trust the media (52%, up from 41%). Men’s agreement that they have trust in the media has also increased from 42% to 50%.
  • People living in regional areas have higher agreement in all four statements this week – ‘I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family’ (63% to 71%), ‘I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak’ (53% to 63%), ‘The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent’ (43% to 52%) and ‘I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak (38% to 49%).
  • There has been increased agreement among those aged 35-54 that they feel informed (59% to 68%) and have trust in the information from government (49% to 60%).
  • Older people (aged over 55) and those in capital cities are more likely to agree that they trust the information in media this week (42% to 56% and 43% to 52% respectively).

Changing behaviour due to Covid-19

Apr 7, 2020

Q. Have you changed your behaviour in any of the following ways since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak?

  06/04 29/03 22/03
Increased personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing) 78% 79% 72%
Limited attending social spaces, shops, restaurants or group events 82% 75% 60%
Stopped physical greetings (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging) 78% 73% 60%
Bought additional groceries to stock-up 38% 41% 33%
Reduced use of cash to pay for purchases 50% 43% 23%
Changed working patterns (e.g. changed hours, or working from home) 33% 33% 20%
None of these 3% 5% 12%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Increased personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing) 78% 73% 83% 68% 78% 83% 80% 74%
Limited attending social spaces, shops, restaurants or group events 82% 77% 87% 70% 81% 89% 81% 83%
Stopped physical greetings (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging) 78% 75% 82% 63% 77% 87% 79% 78%
Bought additional groceries to stock-up 38% 32% 44% 41% 41% 35% 40% 33%
Reduced use of cash to pay for purchases 50% 47% 54% 50% 52% 50% 51% 48%
Changed working patterns (e.g. changed hours, or working from home) 33% 32% 33% 46% 48% 17% 38% 23%
None of these 3% 4% 2% 2% 4% 3% 2% 5%
Base (n) 1,069 523 546 341 342 386 731 338

 

Financial situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Apr 7, 2020

Q. Which of the following best describes your financial situation during the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 06/04 29/03 22/03
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 24% 26% 24%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 28% 32% 26%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 31% 23% 29%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 16% 20% 21%
Base (n) 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 24% 25% 23% 13% 19% 32% 25% 29%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 28% 29% 27% 27% 24% 31% 29% 26%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 31% 31% 32% 38% 34% 27% 31% 29%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 16% 15% 18% 22% 23% 10% 15% 17%
Base (n) 1,069 523 546 341 342 386 731 338

 

    Household Employment
  Total Have dependent children Do not have dependent children In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 24% 21% 26% 12% 27% 46%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 28% 24% 30% 33% 20% 29%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 31% 36% 29% 39% 31% 17%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 16% 19% 15% 16% 22% 8%
Base (n) 1,069 353 716 533 255 223

Coronavirus concerns

Mar 31, 2020

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

  29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 53% 49% 56% 50% 54% 54% 56% 46%
Quite concerned 35% 37% 32% 35% 35% 35% 33% 37%
Not that concerned 10% 10% 9% 12% 9% 9% 9% 13%
Not at all concerned 3% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 4%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • Concern about Covid-19 has increased this week, with 53% now very concerned (up 14pts from last week).
  • This is driven by more women saying they are very concerned about Covid-19 (up 8pts from last week) and capital city residents increasing concern (also up 8pt).
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