Information about Covid-19

Mar 24, 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 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 64% 14% 18% 46% 22% 9% 5%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 20% 19% 37% 24% 12% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 51% 24% 15% 37% 25% 17% 7%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 35% 40% 7% 27% 26% 23% 17%
  • Around two-thirds of people agree that they feel informed about the situation (64%) and over half (56%) trust the government to provide honest and objective information about the outbreak.
  • Half think the information they’ve received has been clear and consistent (51%).
  • Those who think the threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated are more likely to disagree that they feel informed of the situation (22%), that the information they’ve receive is clear and consistent (33%) and they trust the government to deliver honest and objective information (34%).
    Gender Age Group Location
NET: AGREE 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 64% 63% 65% 58% 59% 73% 65% 61%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 57% 54% 48% 51% 66% 57% 53%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 51% 53% 50% 49% 47% 58% 54% 47%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 35% 38% 32% 31% 35% 37% 36% 32%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely to agree that they feel informed about the situation (73%), that they have trust in the information from the government (66%) and that the information they’ve received has been clear and concise (58%).
  • People in non-capital areas are less likely to agree that the information they have received has been clear and consistent (47%) compared to those in capital cities (54%).

Changing behaviour due to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

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

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Increased personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing) 72% 70% 74% 72% 67% 76% 73% 70%
Limited attending social spaces, shops, restaurants or group events 60% 56% 63% 60% 58% 61% 61% 56%
Stopped physical greetings (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging) 60% 57% 63% 57% 57% 65% 60% 60%
Bought additional groceries to stock-up 33% 32% 35% 38% 36% 27% 37% 25%
Reduced use of cash to pay for purchases 23% 20% 25% 30% 23% 17% 24% 19%
Changed working patterns (e.g. changed hours, or working from home) 20% 24% 17% 33% 24% 6% 23% 14%
None of these 12% 13% 11% 8% 15% 13% 10% 16%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, a majority of people have increased their personal hygiene (72%), limited their social interactions (60%) and reduced physical greetings (60%). A third of people say they have stocked up on groceries (33%).
  • Younger people aged 18-34 were more likely to have changed their working patterns (33%) and reduced using cash for payments (30%)
  • Just 12% of people say they have not changed their behaviour as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Financial situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 24, 2020

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

    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% 22% 26% 16% 18% 37% 22% 28%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 26% 29% 22% 19% 26% 31% 28% 21%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 29% 30% 28% 40% 28% 20% 31% 26%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 21% 18% 24% 25% 28% 11% 19% 25%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • One in five people expect to be in serious financial stress due to a loss of income (21%), a further 29% say they will struggle.
  • Women (24%), those aged 18-34 (25%) or 35-54 (28%) and those living in non-capital areas (25%) are most likely to be in serious financial stress.
  • Around half people say they either have sufficient savings to manage a loss of income (26%) or will not suffer a loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak (24%).
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely to be in a strong financial position, with 37% not expecting their income to be impacted and 31% having sufficient savings to manage a short-term loss of income.
    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% 18% 28% 12% 31% 41%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 26% 23% 27% 27% 14% 36%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 29% 32% 27% 37% 25% 17%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 21% 26% 18% 23% 30% 7%
Base (n) 1,034 372 662 519 255 228
  • A quarter of families with dependent children in the household expect to be in serious financial stress with a short-term loss of income.

Federal opposition during Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closest to your view on the role of the Federal Labor opposition during the response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Coalition Labor Greens NET: Other
Opposition should accept the Government recommendations to ensure decisions are made quickly 49% 52% 45% 46% 46% 54% 66% 40% 35% 49%
Opposition review and challenge Government decisions to ensure the best decisions are made 33% 35% 31% 33% 30% 36% 24% 45% 41% 33%
Unsure 19% 13% 24% 21% 24% 10% 10% 15% 25% 18%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 327 365 324 344 108 126
  • Half of people (49%) prefer decisions to make quickly by to Government to react to the Covid-19 outbreak. This is highest among Coalition voters (66%).
  • A third (33%) want decisions reviewed and challenged by the opposition.

Coronavirus concerns

Mar 10, 2020

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

  Mar’20 Feb’20 Difference
Very concerned 27% 25% +2
Quite concerned 36% 43% -7
Not that concerned 28% 26% +2
Not at all concerned 9% 6% +3
Base (n) 1,096 1,057
  • Net concern about the threat of Coronavirus has decreased overall with 36% of participants now ‘quite concerned’, down from 43% in Feb’20.
  • 9% of participants are now ‘not at all concerned’ about Coronavirus, up from 6% last month.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Q How likely do you think it is, that you will develop Coronavirus?

    Age group Federal Voting Intention
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Very likely 7% 11% 9% 2% 6% 7% 6% 10%
Somewhat likely 24% 25% 27% 21% 27% 26% 18% 21%
Somewhat unlikely 43% 35% 42% 49% 40% 48% 37% 38%
Very unlikely 26% 29% 22% 27% 27% 19% 38% 31%
Base (n) 1,096 341 370 385 347 359 92 171
  • Overall, two-thirds (68%) of participants think it’s unlikely that they will develop Coronavirus.
  • Especially those over 55 years old (77%) tend to believe it’s unlikely they will develop Coronavirus.
  • Greens voters tend to believe it’s very unlikely they will develop Coronavirus (38%) compared to all other voters (24%).

Actions taken since Coronavirus outbreak

Feb 25, 2020

Q. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, do any of the following statements apply to you?

    Age
Total 18-34 35-54 55+
I have stayed away from cities or town centres 20% 27% 22% 13%
I have avoided going to restaurants 20% 26% 23% 11%
I have stayed away from shopping centres 17% 23% 19% 9%
I have cancelled an overseas trip 15% 26% 16% 4%
None of these 70% 57% 66% 84%
Base (n) 1,090 341 374 375
  • 30% of participants have changed their behaviour in some way listed – with 20% saying they have either stayed away from cities or town centres, or avoided going to restaurants.
  • 18-34 year olds (43%), university educated (39%), capital city residents (34%) and those with dependent children (36%) are most likely to report changing their behaviour since the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Whereas 55+ year olds (16%), those with a secondary school education (20%), non-capital residents (23%) and participants without dependent children (27%) are least likely to report behavioural changes.

Attitudes towards border protection and Coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Coronavirus?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this 81% 5% 43% 38% 14% 3% 2%
The Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia 80% 6% 53% 27% 14% 4% 3%
The government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus 62% 15% 22% 40% 23% 10% 5%
The border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country 20% 54% 6% 14% 26% 22% 32%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this 81% 70% 82% 90% 80% 86% 76% 84%
The Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia 80% 71% 80% 88% 79% 88% 66% 82%
The government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus 62% 53% 59% 73% 61% 73% 49% 53%
The border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country 20% 28% 20% 13% 21% 21% 22% 13%
Base (n) 1,090 341 374 375 336 390 104 146
  • Four out of five participants agree that because of global movements in people we are more vulnerable to the spread of viruses like this (81%) or the Australian government has been right to prevent people from mainland China entering Australia (80%).
  • Three in five agree the government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus (62%); but only one in five agree that the border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country (20%).
  • Participants over 55 years old (90%, 88% and 73% agreement respectively) and Liberal voters (86%, 88% and 73%) are more likely to agree with the top three statements.
  • Capital residents are more likely to agree that government and the media have done a good job in keeping the public informed about the virus than those in non-capital cities (65% compared to 57%).
  • Men, 18-34 year olds and participants with a university education are more likely to agree that the border with China should be kept open to keep money from tourism and students coming into the country (24%, 28%, 29% respectively); than women, participants over 55 or with a secondary school education (16%, 13%, 12% respectively).

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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