Changing attitudes to people

May 19, 2020

Q. As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, have your views and opinions changes about each of the following groups of people?

  More positive view My views haven’t changed More negative view
Health workers and care staff 56% 40% 4%
People with mental health issues 23% 69% 8%
People who are unemployed 21% 69% 10%
People who are homeless 21% 72% 7%
  • Over half of people now feel more positive towards health and care workers as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak (56%).
  • Around one in five people now feel more positive towards people with mental health issues (23%), those who are unemployed (21%) or homeless (21%).

Employment and Job prospects – Long-term unemployed

May 19, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about looking for work when the Covid-19 restrictions are eased?

THOSE WHO WERE UNEMPLOYED BEFORE COVID-19 AND WILL BE LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT ONCE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED (n=135)

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I’m confident I’ll be able to find a well-paying job in my field at my level of experience 29% 43% 6% 23% 28% 21% 22%
I’m confident there will be many appropriate jobs for me 25% 45% 6% 19% 31% 21% 24%
  • 43% of people who were unemployed before the Covid-19 outbreak disagree that they’ll be able to find a well-paying job in their field at their level of experience and 45% disagree there will be appropriate jobs for them.

Employment and Job prospects – Recently unemployed

May 19, 2020

Q. Once the Covid-19 outbreak is over and restrictions are eased, how long do you think it will be before you are back in paid work?

THOSE WHO LOST WORK DUE TO COVID-19 (n=134)

  TOTAL
I don’t think I’ll find paid work again 10%
I think it will take a long time for me to find paid work 36%
I don’t think I’ll be back straight away but I’m confident I’ll find paid work fairly quickly 36%
I’ll be back in paid work straight away 18%
I won’t be looking for paid work after the restrictions are eased 1%
Base (n) 134
  • Less than one in five of those who have been made unemployed since Covid-19 think they’ll be back in work straight away (18%).
  • 36% think it will take them a long time to find paid work and 10% think they may not find paid work again.

Employment and Job prospects – Employed

May 19, 2020

Q. To what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements about work after the Covid-19 outbreak?

THOSE WHO ARE STILL IN EMPLOYMENT (n=488)

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I’m confident I’ll receive a pay rise soon after things are back to normal 21% 50% 6% 16% 28% 24% 27%
I’m confident I’ll be able to get a promotion if I want one 22% 44% 6% 16% 34% 22% 22%
I don’t think my wages will keep up with increases in the cost of living 48% 19% 17% 31% 33% 13% 6%
  • There is low optimism for wage growth following Covid-19. Just 21% agree (strongly/somewhat) that they expect a pay rise soon after things are back to normal and 22% expect to be able to gain a promotion.
  • Around half of people (48%) don’t think their wages will keep up with increases in the cost of living.

Coronavirus concerns

May 12, 2020

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

  11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 34% 31% 39% 31% 36% 29%
Quite concerned 49% 52% 47% 48% 48% 50%
Not that concerned 14% 15% 11% 16% 13% 18%
Not at all concerned 3% 2% 3% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,067 341 341 385 718 349
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 increased this week with 34% saying they are very concerned and 49% saying they are quite concerned.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 12, 2020

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

  11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 6% 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 24% 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 21% 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,067 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 6% 7% 11% 2% 7% 5%
Somewhat likely 24% 27% 28% 18% 26% 20%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 43% 42% 58% 46% 52%
Very unlikely 21% 23% 19% 23% 20% 23%
Base (n) 1,067 341 341 385 718 349

Government response to Covid-19

May 12, 2020

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

  11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 5% 3% 5% 4% 2% 4% 3%
Quite poor 9% 9% 8% 12% 11% 4% 9% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 16% 17% 25% 15% 10% 15% 18%
Quite good 39% 38% 40% 43% 38% 37% 41% 35%
Very good 32% 31% 32% 14% 31% 47% 29% 36%
TOTAL: Poor 13% 15% 11% 17% 15% 6% 14% 11%
TOTAL: Good 71% 69% 73% 57% 70% 84% 71% 71%
Base (n) 1,067 532 535 341 341 385 718 349

State Government response to Covid-19

May 12, 2020

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

  11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 4% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 8% 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 34% 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 73% 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 4% 5% 4% 3% 1% 1%
Quite poor 8% 7% 11% 9% 3% 4%
Neither good, nor poor 16% 18% 15% 18% 19% 12%
Quite good 39% 42% 34% 44% 36% 30%
Very good 34% 28% 37% 26% 42% 54%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 12% 14% 12% 4% 5%
TOTAL: Good 73% 70% 71% 70% 78% 83%
Base (n) 1,067 337 275 215 88 103
Pages:«123456789...16»

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Download this week's Report

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.