New Covid-19 restrictions

Mar 31, 2020

Q. You may be aware, on Tuesday 24 March Scott Morrison announced that from midnight Wednesday 25 March new restrictions will apply to a range of services including funerals, weddings, open houses, auctions, galleries and libraries. Although some states have decided to bring school holidays forward, Scott Morrison’s announcement said that schools should stay open.

Which of the following best describes how you feel about these new restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The new restrictions go too far 10% 13% 7% 12% 11% 6%
The new restrictions are just right 54% 55% 53% 56% 49% 56%
The new restrictions don’t go far enough 36% 32% 40% 32% 39% 38%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383

Support for non-permanent residents accessing Australian government support

Mar 31, 2020

Q. You may be aware that non-permanent residents in Australia (such as skilled migrants, New Zealand citizens, people on temporary visas and refugees) are not currently eligible for most government benefits, such as Jobseeker Allowance. Non-permanent residents can’t return to their home countries as Australia has closed its international borders.

To what extent do you support or oppose, non-permanent residents being able to access Australian government support if they lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Strongly support 25% 26% 24% 29% 27% 20% 27% 22%
Somewhat support 29% 29% 29% 29% 27% 31% 30% 26%
Neither support, nor oppose 24% 22% 25% 22% 23% 26% 21% 28%
Somewhat oppose 12% 12% 12% 12% 10% 13% 12% 12%
Strongly oppose 10% 11% 10% 8% 13% 10% 10% 11%
NET: Support 54% 55% 53% 58% 54% 51% 57% 48%
NET: Oppose 22% 23% 22% 20% 23% 23% 22% 24%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • 54% of participants support non-permanent residents accessing Australian government support if they lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Capital residents are more likely to support this measure than non-capital residents (57% compared to 48%).

Employment situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 31, 2020

Q. Which of the following best describes the impact of Covid-19 on your work:

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I wasn’t in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak 41% 34% 47% 27% 27% 65% 37% 48%
I was in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak but am not now 19% 20% 17% 32% 17% 9% 20% 16%
I’m still in paid work but am worried about losing my job because of the Covid-19 outbreak 25% 28% 22% 31% 34% 11% 28% 18%
I’m still in paid work and am not worried about losing my job because of the Covid-19 outbreak 16% 18% 14% 11% 22% 14% 15% 17%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • 25% of participants are worried about losing their job because of the Covid-19 outbreak and another 19% were in paid employment before the outbreak, but now are not.
  • 32% of 18-34 year olds say they were in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak but am not now – this is higher than 35-54 year olds (17%).

Financial situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 31, 2020

Q. Which of the following best describes your financial situation during the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 29/03 22/03
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 26% 24%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 32% 26%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 23% 29%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 20% 21%
Base (n) 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 26% 31% 20% 23% 21% 32% 27% 22%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 32% 31% 33% 40% 33% 23% 32% 30%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 23% 20% 25% 27% 30% 12% 24% 21%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 20% 18% 22% 10% 16% 32% 17% 26%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359

 

    Household Employment
  Total Have dependent children Do not have dependent children In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
I do not expect the Covid-19 will impact my income 26% 22% 27% 27% 17% 32%
I have sufficient savings to deal with a short-term loss of income 32% 33% 31% 36% 32% 18%
I will struggle with a short-term loss of income, but will get by 23% 27% 21% 25% 33% 4%
I will be in serious financial stress with short-term loss of income 20% 18% 21% 11% 18% 46%
Base (n) 1,086 713 373 567 274 202

 

Coronavirus concerns

Mar 24, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 39% 36% 39% 41% 40% 36%
Quite concerned 43% 43% 44% 43% 43% 45%
Not that concerned 14% 18% 12% 12% 13% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 3%
Base (n) 1,034 342 327 365 703 331
  • Concern about the threat of the Covid-19 virus has increased this week as the impact of the outbreak affects more of the country. 39% are now very concerned by the threat (up from 27% at the start of the month), while 43% say they are quite concerned (up from 36%).
  • Concern is highest among over 55 year olds (41% very concerned) and those in capital cities (40% concerned)

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020

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

  22/03 09/03
Very likely 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 43%
Very unlikely 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 8% 10% 8% 5% 9% 5%
Somewhat likely 34% 35% 36% 32% 34% 35%
Somewhat unlikely 45% 43% 43% 49% 43% 49%
Very unlikely 13% 12% 13% 14% 14% 11%
Base (n) 1,034 342 327 365 703 331
  • There has been an increase in the likelihood of developing Covid-19 during the last fortnight. 42% now say it is somewhat or very likely that they will develop Covid-19 (up from 31%).
  • Younger people (aged 18-34, 10% very likely to develop Covid-19) and those living in capital cities (9%) are more likely to expect to develop the virus than older people (55+) and those living in regional areas.

Reaction to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your personal views of the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 33% 36% 30% 39% 37% 23% 34% 30%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 39% 40% 39% 40% 33% 44% 39% 39%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 28% 24% 32% 21% 30% 33% 27% 31%
Base (n) 1,096 519 515 342 327 365 703 331
  • A third of people believe there has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19. Men (36%) and those aged 18-34 (39%) are more likely to think there has been an over-reaction than women (30%) and those aged 55+ (23%).
  • 39% think the reaction has been proportionate to the threat and 28% believe the threat has been under-estimated.
  • Those who think there has been an over-reaction are less concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (69% very/somewhat concerned, compared to 92% who think the threat has been under-estimated) and think they are less likely to contract the virus (38% to 49% very/somewhat likely to catch Covid-19).

Government response to Covid-19

Mar 24, 2020

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

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 9% 11% 7% 10% 11% 6% 10% 8%
Quite poor 20% 19% 21% 28% 20% 14% 23% 15%
Neither good, nor poor 26% 26% 26% 30% 31% 18% 25% 27%
Quite good 33% 32% 34% 25% 28% 44% 31% 36%
Very good 12% 11% 12% 7% 10% 17% 11% 13%
NET: Poor 29% 30% 29% 38% 31% 20% 32% 24%
NET: Good 45% 44% 46% 33% 38% 62% 43% 49%
Base (n) 1,034 519 515 342 365 324 703 331
  • 45% of people rate the performance of the government to the threat has been quite or very good. Those aged over 55 are more likely to rate the performance as good (62%).
  • Those aged 18-34 were most likely to rate the performance as poor (very/quite poor, 38%).
  • Those who think the threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated have a low rating of government performance (46% very/quite poor).
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