Federal government response to Covid-19

Feb 16, 2021

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

  15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07
Very poor 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6%
Quite poor 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10%
Neither good nor poor 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20%
Quite good 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64%
Base (n) 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 69% since last month, the highest rating in the last six months.

State government response to Covid-19

Feb 16, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07
NSW 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63%
VIC 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49%
QLD 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69%
SA 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79%
WA 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77%
  • As Victoria entered a snap 5-day lockdown, the rating of the VIC government dropped to 59% (from 61% earlier this month).
  • Positive rating of the WA government has increased to 88% (from 80% earlier this month). This is the highest rating in the last six months.
  • Positive rating of the QLD government has fallen slightly to 76% (from 78% earlier this month). Ratings of the NSW and SA government remain virtually unchanged at 72% and 79% respectively.

Attitudes towards Craig Kelly controversy and Scott Morrison’s leadership

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Liberal MP Craig Kelly sharing Covid-19 misinformation (e.g. advocating unproven treatments, claiming vaccines cannot be trusted, comparing masks to child abuse)?

TOTAL: Agree Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour 41% 52% 32% 52% 47%
Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency 56% 60% 58% 70% 56%
Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts 57% 61% 60% 63% 55%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • Over half (57%) agree that Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts and over half (56%) also agree that Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency.
  • Greens voters are more likely to agree with these two statements than other voters. Minor and independent party voters are the least likely to agree.
  • 41% agree Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour. Labor and Greens voters are more likely to agree with this statement than Coalition and minor and independent party voters (52% and 52% to 32% and 47% respectively).

Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 62% 63% 59% 57% 67%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 38% 37% 41% 43% 33%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (62% to 38%).
  • The view that this should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is consistent across all voting intentions.

Attitudes towards Covid-19 pandemic and reopening Australia’s borders

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia and our national borders?

  TOTAL:  Agree TOTAL: Disagree   Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
I want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic 71% 8%   45% 26% 19% 7% 2% 2%
I don’t think I could stand another lockdown 43% 29%   24% 19% 25% 18% 11% 3%
After the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders 67% 11%   31% 36% 17% 6% 4% 5%
We should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally 71% 12%   43% 28% 15% 7% 5% 3%
  • While 7 in 10 (71%) agree that we should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally, 67% agree that after the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders.
  • 7 in 10 (71%) agree that they want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 43% don’t think they could stand another lockdown. About a third (29%) disagree and a quarter (25%) neither agree nor disagree with this statement.

Biggest Covid-19-related risks for employees

Feb 16, 2021

Q. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following risks do you think employees are currently the most vulnerable to?

Please rank each of the following from biggest risk (1) to smallest risk (6).

TOTAL: Biggest risk (Ranked 1)  Total Employment Status
In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
Having less job security 36% 34% 40% 35%
Working in unsafe conditions 20% 18% 24% 19%
Being exploited by employers (e.g. being expected to work unpaid overtime, working long shifts) 16% 16% 15% 15%
Not receiving a pay increase 10% 12% 6% 13%
Not getting paid fairly 10% 11% 8% 7%
Having limited opportunities for career progression 9% 9% 6% 11%
Base (n) 1,109 552 259 255
  • Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, having less job security is seen as the biggest risk for employees by over a third (36%) of people.
  • Working in unsafe conditions is seen as the next biggest risk (20%), followed by being exploited by employers (16%).
  • Those not in paid employment are most likely to rate job security (40%) and unsafe conditions (24%) as the biggest risk to employees.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Feb 2, 2021

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

  01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
Very poor 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4%
Quite poor 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8%
Neither good nor poor 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17%
Quite good 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43%
Very good 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12%
TOTAL: Good 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71%
Base (n) 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 is stable at 67% from the last time this was measured in Nov’20, with 67% rating the handling of the pandemic very or quite good.

State government response to Covid-19

Feb 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
NSW 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70%
VIC 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65%
QLD 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64%
SA 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79%
WA 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75%
  • Positive rating of the NSW government has dropped to 71% (from 76% at the end of November).
  • Positive rating of the QLD government has increased to 78%, the highest rating we’ve seen in the last six months.
  • The rating of the Victorian government is still the lowest rating of states at 61%.
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