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.

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.
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