Essential Report

State and Federal Government Working Together

Sep 8, 2020

Q. How well do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together on issues to address the Covid-19 pandemic?

  Total   State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very well 17% 21% 8% 15% 19% 24%
Quite well 46% 46% 49% 48% 47% 40%
Quite poorly 22% 19% 28% 19% 21% 23%
Very poorly 8% 8% 10% 10% 6% 3%
Unsure 6% 7% 5% 7% 7% 8%
TOTAL: Well 64% 66% 57% 64% 66% 65%
TOTAL: Poorly 30% 27% 38% 29% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • People believe that more could be done between the Federal and State governments to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Less than a fifth of people (17%) think the Federal government and their state government are working together very well. While 46% say they are working together quite well, 30% rate the working relationship as poor.
  • The Federal and Victorian governments are seen to have the worst relationship, with 57% of Victorians saying the Federal government is working well with their state government, but just 8% believe they are working very well together.

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 25, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
NSW 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70%
VIC 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71%
QLD 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70%
SA 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78%
WA 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83%

 

  • Positive rating of the NSW Government’s handling of the crisis moved -2%pts this week to 59%, this is down from a peak of 70% in June.
  • Positive rating of the Victorian Government also moved -2%pts this week (to 47%). This is consistent with ratings since the outbreak in Victoria in July.
  • Western Australia (84%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.
VICTORIA ONLY 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
Very poor 15% 16% 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4%
Quite poor 20% 14% 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 21% 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15%
Quite good 29% 28% 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34%
Very good 18% 21% 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37%
TOTAL: Poor 36% 30% 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14%
TOTAL: Good 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71%
Base (n) 275 499 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275

Responsibility for Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Aug 25, 2020

Q. In your opinion, who is most responsible for the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Federal Government 28% 32% 24% 31% 32% 21% 34% 25% 28% 31%
State or Territory governments 30% 29% 31% 37% 30% 24% 26% 32% 35% 28%
Aged Care providers 42% 39% 45% 32% 37% 55% 40% 43% 37% 41%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • Similar proportions of people attribute responsibility to the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities to Federal (28%) and state (30%) governments. However more (42%) place the responsibility on the providers of aged care.
  • Men are more likely than women to say the Federal government is responsible (32% to 24%).
  • Coalition voters are least likely to believe the Federal government is responsible for the outbreaks of Covid-19 within aged care facilities (25%).

Statements about Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Aug 25, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

  TOTAL: AGREE TOTAL: DISAGREE Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 14% 38% 39% 11% 3% 9%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 17% 32% 39% 13% 4% 12%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 19% 24% 42% 13% 6% 14%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 18% 34% 26% 14% 4% 12%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: AGREE Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 77% 77% 69% 78% 83% 82% 79% 79% 73%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 73% 69% 62% 70% 78% 74% 74% 63% 73%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 72% 62% 69% 72% 61% 68% 73% 68% 58%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 70% 70% 69% 71% 70% 77% 68% 85% 67%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • There is acknowledgement in the community of a range of factors that have contributed to the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities. A majority of people believe that there was insufficient preparation from authorities (77% agreement) and that long-term underfunding of aged care facilities has worsened the impact.
  • Similar numbers also agree that the hygiene and care standards in private care homes has contributed to the spread of (71%) and that community transmission from friends and families of residents has also contributed to the spread (67%).

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 25, 2020

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

  24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
Very concerned 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34%
Quite concerned 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49%
Not that concerned 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3%
Base (n) 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has eased this week with 40% very concerned about the threat (down from 50% earlier in the month).

Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis remains stable with 63% rating their response as very or quite good.

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

TOTAL: Very/Quite good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
New South Wales 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
Victoria 49% 53% 49% 67% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Queensland 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%

 

  • Since the start of the outbreak in Victoria last month, the Victorian state government rating has been the lowest of the three most populous states with around half (49% this week) saying the Victorian Government is doing a Very good, or quite good job responding to Covid-19.
  • New South Wales has also seen a decrease in rating, moving from 70% in June to 61% this week.

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very concerned 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32%
Quite concerned 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46%
Not that concerned 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has further increased with 50% of Australians ‘very concerned’, up from 43% last month.
  • Concern is higher among capital city residents (92%) compared to non-capital city residents (84%), and lower among those likely to vote for an independent or other party at an election (81%) than all other voters (91%).
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