Essential Report

Coronavirus concerns

Dec 1, 2020

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

  30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
Very concerned 27% 27% 30% 30% 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25%
Quite concerned 43% 44% 46% 52% 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50%
Not that concerned 24% 23% 20% 15% 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21%
Not at all concerned 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 is at a similar level as last fortnight, with 30% saying they are either not that concerned (24%) or not at all concerned (6%). 27% are very concerned about the threat and the remaining 43% are quite concerned.

Attitudes towards nationalism and Covid-19

Dec 1, 2020

Q. Thinking now about how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world, which of the following statements is closest to your views?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The pandemic has shown that the world is interconnected. The best way to respond to global threats in the future is to cooperate and provide assistance to other countries 48% 50% 45% 51% 48% 44% 48% 46% 60% 38%
The pandemic has shown that in times of crisis, it is every country for itself. Australia needs to be economically strong and maintain strict border protections to deal with global threats in the future 52% 50% 55% 49% 52% 56% 52% 54% 40% 62%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
  • Australians are split on their views towards the lessons from Covid-19. 52% think the pandemic has shown that in times of crisis, it is every country for itself, whereas 48% think the pandemic has shown that the world is inter-connected, and countries need to cooperate to respond to global threats.

Coronavirus concerns

Nov 17, 2020

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

  16/11/20 02/11/20 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06
Very concerned 27% 30% 30% 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28%
Quite concerned 44% 46% 52% 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45%
Not that concerned 23% 20% 15% 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23%
Not at all concerned 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 is easing, with 29% saying they are either not that concerned (23%) or not at all concerned (6%). 27% are very concerned about the threat and the remaining 44% are quite concerned.

Federal Budget and post Covid-19 economic recovery

Oct 20, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent Federal Budget and the direction for the country to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy 75% 5% 43% 33% 13% 3% 2% 7%
The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not 70% 5% 36% 34% 17% 4% 2% 8%
There were better approaches to the budget like investing in jobs and services 51% 10% 20% 31% 29% 8% 2% 11%
The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control 49% 21% 18% 32% 22% 15% 6% 7%
  • There is strong agreement that the Government is responsible for the future of the economy. 75% agree that ‘The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy’ and 70% of people agree that ‘The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not’
  • However, half of people (49%) agree with the statement that ‘The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control’. Coalition voters are more likely to agree with this statement than Labor voters (58% to 48%).
  • Half of people agree that ‘There were better approaches to the budget like investing in jobs and services’ (51%). Those more likely to agree with this statement include Labor voters (60%), those in paid employment (56%) and men (56%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Oct 6, 2020

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

  05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06
Very poor 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5%
Quite poor 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20%
Quite good 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39%
Very good 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12%
TOTAL: Good 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68%
Base (n) 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 stays steady at 60% rating it very or quite good (59% last month).

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 6, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06
NSW 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62%
VIC 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71%
QLD 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69%
SA 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70%
WA 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79%
  • Positive rating of the NSW Government was steady this week (65% rating the performance as good, compared to 67% last month).
  • Rating of state government performance was also steady in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Coronavirus concerns

Sep 22, 2020

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

  21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05
Very concerned 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30%
Quite concerned 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49%
Not that concerned 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Base (n) 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087
  • There has been no shift in concern about threat of Covid-19 in the past two weeks with 36% very concerned about the threat (37% in early September).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Sep 22, 2020

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

  21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05
Very poor 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4%
Quite poor 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43%
Very good 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11%
TOTAL: Good 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73%
Base (n) 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 stays steady at 61% rating it very or quite good (59% earlier in the month).
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