Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 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
NSW 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has increased in all states since earlier this month.
  • Notably, the rating of the VIC government has risen to 62% (from 49% earlier in March). This is the highest rating in the last six months.
  • Positive rating of the WA and SA governments have also increased to 91% and 85% respectively (from 85% and 73% mid last month). This rating of the WA government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak is the highest seen for any state government to date.
  • Rating of the NSW and QLD governments remain stable at 75% respectively.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 16, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway nationwide, just under half (47%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a slight dip from earlier in March but still noticeably higher than levels at the end of 2020 and at the start of this year.
  • The same proportion of people as earlier in the month say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40%).
  • Just over 1 in 10 (12%) say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 51% 42% 33% 44% 60% 46% 55% 45% 42%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 36% 43% 50% 38% 32% 42% 35% 42% 33%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 9% 15% 16% 13% 7% 11% 8% 12% 20%
Base (n) 1,124 553 571 337 383 404 375 410 98 142
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (60%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (20%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

  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 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 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 fallen to 62% since last month, the lowest rating we’ve seen since November last year.

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • The rating of the VIC government has dropped further down to 49% (from 59% mid last month). This is the lowest rating since October last year.
  • Positive rating of the QLD and WA governments has decreased slightly to 73% and 85% respectively (from 76% and 88% mid last month).
  • Rating of the NSW and SA governments remain virtually unchanged at 72% and 78% respectively.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide rollout last week, about half (50%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a noticeable rise from the 42% in January. Correspondingly, fewer people now say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40% to 47% in January).
  • 1 in 10 say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 58% 42% 41% 44% 63% 50% 56% 58% 45%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 34% 46% 47% 43% 31% 41% 38% 33% 37%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 11% 13% 6% 10% 6% 8% 18%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (58%) and those aged over 55 (63%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (18%).

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 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 will be…

TOTAL: Confident 01/03 01/02
… done efficiently 68% 68%
… done safely 73% 72%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,074 1,092
  • With the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway, more people are now confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (64% to 58% last month).
  • Most people are also confident the rollout will be done efficiently (68%) and that it will be done safely (73%), consistent with levels last month.

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.
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