Essential Report

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia…

TOTAL: Confident 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,090 1,074 1,092
  • With the issues affecting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, now just over half are confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (52% from 64% last month).
  • Additionally, less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (43% from 68% last month) and two-thirds are now confident that it is being done safely (63% from 73% last month). 
TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… are being done efficiently 43% 46% 41% 50% 43% 39% 39% 56% 32% 32%
… are being done safely 63% 68% 59% 57% 58% 74% 61% 74% 64% 52%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 52% 60% 44% 53% 46% 57% 49% 64% 56% 36%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout has dropped across all demographics, the confidence of those 35-54, has been hit the hardest. Last month, 61% of those aged 35-54 were confident the rollout will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country, now 46% are confident this is the case. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency (was 64%, now 43%) and safety (was 69%, now 58%).
  • Coalition voters are still the most confident that the vaccine rollout is being done efficiently (56%), safely (74%), and will be effective and stopping Covid-19 within the country (64%).

Satisfaction with speed of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your view on how quickly Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19?

They are being vaccinated…

  This week

26/04

Two weeks ago 12/04
… much more quickly than I would like 11% 13%
… a bit more quickly than I would like 9% 8%
… at about the right speed 21% 19%
… a bit more slowly than I would like 26% 25%
… a lot more slowly than I would like 19% 27%
Unsure 14% 9%
TOTAL:  More quickly than I would like 19% 20%
TOTAL:  More slowly than I would like 45% 52%
Base (n) 1,090 1,368

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… much more quickly than I would like 11% 13% 9% 16% 13% 4% 9% 11% 9% 19%
… a bit more quickly than I would like 9% 10% 7% 13% 11% 3% 10% 10% 8% 5%
… at about the right speed 21% 23% 20% 26% 19% 19% 17% 27% 18% 18%
… a bit more slowly than I would like 26% 25% 27% 23% 19% 36% 30% 29% 24% 17%
… a lot more slowly than I would like 19% 20% 19% 9% 18% 30% 24% 17% 20% 23%
Unsure 14% 9% 19% 14% 20% 8% 10% 6% 20% 18%
TOTAL:  More quickly than I would like 19% 23% 16% 29% 24% 7% 19% 21% 17% 25%
TOTAL:  More slowly than I would like 45% 45% 45% 32% 36% 66% 54% 45% 45% 39%
Base (n) 1,090 539 551 359 289 442 362 414 95 114
  • 45% now think Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19 more slowly than they would like, a drop from two weeks ago (52%), as more participants are unsure about the speed of the vaccination rollout (14% this week, 9% two weeks ago).
  • The proportion of participants who think Australians are being vaccinated more quickly than they would like is on par with last fortnight (19% this week, 20% two weeks ago).
  • Those over 55 are still more likely than younger cohorts to think the vaccine rollout is progressing more slowly than they would like (66% compared to 36% of 35-54 and 32% those 18-34 years old).
  • Labor voters are also still the most likely voters to think the vaccine rollout is progressing more slowly than they would like (54% compared to 45% Coalition voters, 45% Greens voters and 39% independent and minor party voters).

Party most responsible for slow vaccine rollout

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Which do you think is MOST responsible for Australians being vaccinated more slowly than you would like?

[Asked only to those who think Australians are being vaccinated against Covid-19 a bit / a lot more slowly than they would like]

  This week

26/04

Two weeks ago 12/04
The federal government 48% 42%
State and territory governments 8% 7%
International supply chains 18% 24%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 16% 18%
Unsure 11% 8%
Base (n) 505 713

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 48% 54% 41% 43% 54% 46% 59% 32% 64% 47%
State and territory governments 8% 9% 7% 12% 10% 6% 5% 12% 6% 7%
International supply chains 18% 17% 18% 13% 12% 22% 11% 28% 5% 14%
Unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines 16% 14% 17% 23% 11% 15% 14% 21% 13% 12%
Unsure 11% 6% 16% 9% 13% 10% 10% 7% 12% 20%
Base (n) 505 262 243 112 102 291 200 196 40 44
  • Almost half of those who say Australians are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like think the federal government is most responsible for this (48% up from 42% two weeks ago).
  • 18% place the onus on international supply chains (a drop from 24% two weeks ago), followed by 16% (on par with 18% a fortnight ago) who feel unavoidable delays in the production of vaccines are the main reason for the slow progress of the vaccine rollout in Australia.
  • Only 8% think state and territory governments are most responsible and 11% are unsure.
  • Those most likely to place responsibility on the federal government for Australians being vaccinated more slowly than they would like include men (54%), Greens (64%) and Labor voters (59%).
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to think international supply chains are most responsible for the delays (28%, compared to 10% of all other voters).

Time to return to normal

Apr 26, 2021

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

APRIL 2021 Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 7% 23% 42% 21% 7%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 8% 15% 37% 31% 9%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 16% 17% 30% 22% 15%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 7% 14% 32% 40% 8%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 10% 20% 34% 27% 9%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 8% 11% 42% 34%

 

JULY 2020 Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 9% 21% 43% 20% 6%
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 7% 17% 38% 32% 6%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 7% 15% 35% 38% 5%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 6% 14% 36% 38% 6%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 6% 13% 27% 48% 6%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 6% 14% 53% 23%
  • Current expectations of when the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia mirrors expectations in July 2020 of when a Covid-19 vaccine will be developed. The largest cohort (42%) think the rollout will be completed in one to two years, reflecting the 43% last July who thought a Covid-19 vaccine would be developed in one to two years.
  • People are now more optimistic that the housing market will return to pre-pandemic levels, with 16% who currently think this will happen within the next six months, compared to the 7% who thought this last July.
  • People are also now more hopeful that unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels, with 20% now thinking this could happen in seven months up to one year (20%) or one to two years (34%).
  • However, over a third (34%) now think Australia will never pay off its national debt, with the majority (42%) thinking this will take more than two years.
  • Current expectations of when quarantine will no longer be required after international travel and when international travel will be allowed without restriction also align with expectations last July, with most people thinking this will take one to two years or more than two years.

Confidence in Labor government handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Apr 13, 2021

Q. If a Labor government under Anthony Albanese had been in power, how confident are you that they would have done a good job at dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other  
Very confident 15% 21% 10% 13% 21% 12% 24% 10% 19% 14%  
Fairly confident 29% 27% 30% 33% 30% 24% 42% 22% 32% 22%  
Not that confident 24% 25% 23% 25% 21% 25% 18% 30% 25% 20%  
Not confident at all 14% 14% 13% 7% 10% 23% 3% 25% 5% 23%  
Unsure 18% 12% 24% 22% 18% 16% 13% 12% 20% 21%  
TOTAL:  Confident 44% 49% 40% 46% 51% 36% 65% 32% 50% 35%  
TOTAL:  Not Confident 37% 39% 36% 32% 31% 48% 21% 56% 29% 44%  
Base (n) 1,368 669 699 426 460 482 483 471 123 165  
  • 44% of Australians are confident that if a Labor government under Anthony Albanese had been in power, they would have done a good job at dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. 37% are not confident about this and 18% are unsure.
  • Labor voters are the most confident about this compared to other voters (65%). They are followed by Greens voters (50%). Coalition voters and minor and independent party voters are the least likely to be confident in this (32% and 35% respectively).
  • Those aged 18-34 and 35-43 are more confident that a Labor government would have done a good job a dealing with Covid-19 than those over 55 (46% and 51% to 36% respectively).

Views towards progress of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 13, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines is primarily the responsibility of the federal government.

Scott Morrison promised in January this year that 4 million Australians would be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of March. This target was shifted out in March to 4 million Australians by April 26th. As of April 2nd, 750,000 Australians have been vaccinated. 

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I’m confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by April 26th 19% 55% 6% 13% 26% 24% 31%
The federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible 56% 17% 28% 29% 27% 10% 7%
Delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it 47% 26% 15% 32% 27% 17% 10%
The slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed 48% 25% 21% 27% 27% 16% 9%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’m confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by April 26th 19% 25% 13% 22% 28% 7% 14% 27% 21% 13%
The federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible 56% 58% 55% 51% 56% 61% 65% 53% 62% 54%
Delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it 47% 51% 43% 41% 50% 48% 37% 66% 36% 39%
The slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed 48% 50% 46% 45% 51% 47% 59% 37% 61% 49%
Base (n) 1,368 669 699 426 460 482 483 471 123 165
  • Well over half (56%) of Australians agree the federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible. Labor voters and those over 55 are the most likely to agree with this (65% and 61% respectively).
  • Just under half (48%) agree the slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed. Labor voters and Greens voters are most likely to follow this view (59% and 61%).
  • However, just under half as well (47%) agree the delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it. The majority of Coalition voters align with this view (66%).
  • Only 19% are confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the month.

Views towards interstate travel during Covid-19

Apr 13, 2021

Q. The federal government recently announced incentives for Australians to travel to tourist destinations in Australia that have been badly affected by the lack of international visitors.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
As the Brisbane lockdown shows, there’s not much point in the federal government encouraging people to travel to other parts of Australia until the vaccine program has been completed 57% 18% 24% 33% 24% 12% 6%
I would be nervous about booking a trip to another state because it’s impossible to predict if the trip will suddenly be cancelled because of a Covid-19 outbreak 69% 14% 34% 35% 17% 8% 5%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
As the Brisbane lockdown shows, there’s not much point in the federal government encouraging people to travel to other parts of Australia until the vaccine program has been completed 57% 58% 57% 51% 58% 63% 60% 58% 59% 56%
I would be nervous about booking a trip to another state because it’s impossible to predict if the trip will suddenly be cancelled because of a Covid-19 outbreak 69% 69% 69% 64% 69% 75% 71% 72% 72% 63%
Base (n) 1,368 669 699 426 460 482 483 471 123 165
  • The majority (69%) of Australians agree they would be nervous about booking a trip to another state because it’s impossible to predict if the trip will suddenly be cancelled because of a Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Most (57%) also agree that as the Brisbane lockdown shows, there’s not much point in the federal government encouraging people to travel to other parts of Australia until the vaccine program has been completed.
  • Those over 55 are more likely to agree with these statements than younger cohorts.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

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

  15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has bounced back up to 70%, the highest rating seen in the last six months.
  • This result is driven by the increase within Victoria (65% rating quite or very good, up from 51% earlier in the month).
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