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.

Coronavirus concerns

Jun 2, 2020

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

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very concerned 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39%
Quite concerned 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43%
Not that concerned 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 32% 29% 38% 27% 32% 30%
Quite concerned 49% 51% 45% 52% 50% 47%
Not that concerned 15% 17% 12% 17% 13% 19%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 6% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,059 341 342 376 732 327

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

Easing restrictions

Jun 2, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 17% 14% 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 11% 10% 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 19% 23% 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 16% 17% 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 27% 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 10% 9% 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 17% 19% 15% 16% 19% 15%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 11% 14% 9% 15% 10% 9%
Within the next month 19% 19% 19% 23% 15% 20%
By the end of next month 16% 16% 15% 14% 15% 18%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 23% 32% 21% 29% 30%
Unsure 10% 10% 9% 10% 11% 7%
Base (n) 1,059 521 538 341 342 376

Coronavirus concerns

May 26, 2020

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

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very concerned 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27%
Quite concerned 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36%
Not that concerned 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28%
Not at all concerned 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 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 concerned 30% 29% 33% 28% 32% 26%
Quite concerned 49% 49% 49% 49% 49% 48%
Not that concerned 16% 18% 14% 17% 15% 20%
Not at all concerned 5% 4% 4% 6% 4% 7%
Base (n) 1,087 341 364 382 738 349
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