Government response to Covid-19

Jun 10, 2020

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

  08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6%
Quite poor 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20%
Quite good 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40%
Very good 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17%
TOTAL: Good 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63%
Base (n) 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 5% 2% 5% 4% 2% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 9% 7% 13% 8% 4% 9% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 19% 17% 26% 18% 11% 18% 18%
Quite good 40% 38% 43% 41% 45% 36% 41% 39%
Very good 30% 29% 31% 14% 26% 47% 29% 33%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 9% 18% 11% 6% 12% 10%
TOTAL: Good 70% 67% 74% 55% 71% 83% 70% 72%
Base (n) 1,073 528 545 341 363 369 727 349

State Government response to Covid-19

Jun 10, 2020

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

  08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very poor 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5%
Quite poor 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17% 20%
Quite good 39% 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41% 39%
Very good 32% 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 71% 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70% 66%
Base (n) 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 4% 2% 6% 3% 3% 4%
Quite poor 7% 10% 6% 9% 6% 2%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 21% 16% 20% 12% 9%
Quite good 39% 44% 38% 38% 39% 32%
Very good 32% 23% 34% 29% 40% 52%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 12% 13% 8% 6%
TOTAL: Good 71% 67% 72% 68% 79% 84%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Speed of Easing Restrictions

Jun 10, 2020

Q. Overall, do you think your state or territory is moving too quickly, too slowly or at about the right speed when it comes to lifting lockdown restrictions?

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 20% 24% 20% 13% 18% 16%
About the right speed 67% 67% 70% 63% 71% 68%
Moving too slowly 13% 9% 9% 23% 10% 16%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Reopening pubs and clubs with patron restrictions

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 30% 33% 40% 19% 19% 25%
About the right speed 59% 60% 49% 62% 71% 63%
Moving too slowly 11% 7% 11% 19% 9% 12%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Reopening restaurants and cafes with patron restrictions

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 22% 23% 28% 13% 20% 19%
About the right speed 65% 67% 60% 64% 75% 68%
Moving too slowly 13% 10% 11% 23% 6% 14%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Allowing outside group exercise classes

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 16% 19% 19% 12% 13% 14%
About the right speed 72% 70% 72% 73% 76% 77%
Moving too slowly 12% 12% 9% 16% 11% 10%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Reopening schools for all students

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 23% 27% 30% 17% 14% 16%
About the right speed 67% 67% 57% 72% 79% 77%
Moving too slowly 10% 6% 13% 11% 7% 7%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108

Reopening borders between states and territories

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moving too quickly 24% 22% 25% 20% 36% 23%
About the right speed 58% 57% 57% 60% 52% 64%
Moving too slowly 18% 21% 18% 20% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,073 336 275 214 85 108
  • Two-thirds (67%) of participants believe that their state/territory is moving at about the right speed when it comes to removing restrictions. 24% believe that the restrictions are being eased too quickly and another 18% say they are moving too slowly.
  • Queensland residents are most likely to say their state is moving too slowly (23%) while New South Wales residents are more likely to say their state is moving too quickly (24%).
  • Participants 18-34 years and those living capital cities are generally more likely to say that their state is lifting restrictions too quickly.
  • When asked about specific restrictions, participants are more likely to say allowing outside group exercise classes is moving at the right speed (72%) and less likely to say reopening pubs and clubs (59%) or reopening borders between states and territories (58%).
  • 40% Victorians think their government is moving too quickly to reopen pubs and clubs and 30% think schools are being reopened too quickly.

Reflection of JobKeeper surplus

Jun 2, 2020

Q. Last Friday the Federal Government announced that, due to an accounting error, the number of people on JobKeeper is around half what the Treasury estimated it to be. The current cost of JobKeeper has consequently been reduced from $130b to $70b.

How do you think this reflects on the government’s credibility?

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very poorly 18% 30% 6% 24% 22%
Quite poorly 23% 28% 16% 37% 27%
Quite well 11% 12% 14% 8% 5%
Very well 5% 4% 5% 0% 10%
Does not affect the Government’s credibility 43% 26% 59% 31% 37%
TOTAL: Poorly 41% 58% 21% 61% 49%
TOTAL: Well 16% 16% 19% 8% 15%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  •  43% of the public do not think the error causing the re-estimation of the JobKeeper cost affects the Government’s credibility, 41% think it reflects Very or Quite poorly.
  • Most Coalition voters do not think the issue has affected the credibility of the Government (59%), while the majority of Labor (58%) and Greens (61%) voters think it reflects poorly.

Alternative spending options for JobKeeper surplus

Jun 2, 2020

Q. On which of the following would you prefer the Government use the $60B it has previously allocated to the JobKeeper program?

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Extend financial schemes supporting those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic (JobSeeker increases, JobKeeper and free early  learning childcare) beyond their current end dates 35% 40% 28% 48% 29%
Broaden JobKeeper scheme to include universities, migrant workers and employees of companies owned by foreign governments 20% 23% 15% 25% 24%
Put money towards reducing national debt accumulate during the Covid-19 pandemic 45% 37% 57% 27% 47%
Base (n) 1,059 299 413 95 136
  •  A third of people would prefer the JobKeeper budget to be spent on extending the scheme beyond its current end date, with a further 20% preferring the scheme to be broadened to include more workers. 45% want the money to be put towards reducing the national debt.
  • Younger people (aged 18-34) are more likely to want the money extending (42%) or broadening the scheme (29%) compared to those over 55 (25% and 16%).
  • Over half of Coalition voters (57%) and retired people (58%) prefer using the money to reduce National debt, rather than providing more support for those who have lost work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Jun 2, 2020

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

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03
Very likely 7% 5% 6% 6% 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8%
Somewhat likely 23% 22% 25% 24% 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 51% 48% 48% 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45%
Very unlikely 22% 23% 21% 21% 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 7% 10% 10% 3% 9% 4%
Somewhat likely 23% 29% 25% 16% 24% 22%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 40% 45% 57% 46% 50%
Very unlikely 22% 21% 21% 24% 21% 23%
Base (n) 1,059 341 342 376 732 327

 

Government response to Covid-19

Jun 2, 2020

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

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04
Very poor 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6%
Quite poor 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21%
Quite good 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37%
Very good 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21%
TOTAL: Good 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 5% 5% 4% 6% 6% 3% 5% 4%
Quite poor 7% 8% 6% 13% 5% 4% 7% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 31% 20% 11% 21% 19%
Quite good 39% 42% 37% 37% 45% 36% 40% 38%
Very good 28% 23% 34% 13% 24% 46% 27% 31%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 10% 19% 10% 7% 12% 12%
TOTAL: Good 68% 65% 70% 50% 70% 82% 67% 69%
Base (n) 1,059 521 538 341 342 376 732 327

State Government response to Covid-19

Jun 2, 2020

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

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 6% 8% 4% 5% 10% 1%
Quite poor 6% 7% 7% 7% 4% 2%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 24% 17% 19% 16% 17%
Quite good 38% 41% 39% 38% 30% 30%
Very good 30% 20% 33% 30% 40% 49%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 11% 12% 14% 4%
TOTAL: Good 68% 62% 71% 69% 70% 79%
Base (n) 1,059 345 275 208 83 101
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