Responsibility for the Ruby Princess

May 12, 2020

Q. You may be aware that there is a special commission of inquiry into the docking of the Ruby Princess cruise ship during the Covid-19 outbreak. Many people were involved during the decision-making process, to varying degrees.

At the end of the day, who do you think is most responsible for the decision to dock the Ruby Princess?

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
New South Wales Health public officials 25% 29% 22% 21% 26% 29%
The ship’s captain and medical officers 18% 18% 17% 12% 17% 23%
New South Wales Port Authority 13% 12% 14% 14% 14% 11%
Border Force officials 13% 14% 12% 14% 15% 10%
The individual passengers 5% 6% 5% 10% 4% 2%
No one person or group is to blame 26% 22% 29% 29% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,067 532 535 341 341 385

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
New South Wales Health public officials 26% 27% 22% 25%
The ship’s captain and medical officers 14% 22% 16% 19%
New South Wales Port Authority 12% 14% 11% 16%
Border Force officials 15% 11% 15% 15%
The individual passengers 4% 6% 8% 4%
No one person or group is to blame 29% 20% 28% 21%
Base (n) 306 418 86 143
  • A quarter of participants say no one person or group is most responsible for the decision to dock the Ruby Princess (26%) but an equal amount (25%) say the New South Wales Health public officials are most responsible. One-fifth (18%) believe that the ship’s captain and medical officers are most responsible.
  • Men (29%) and those over 55 years old (29%) are more likely to say New South Wales Health public officials are most responsible, compared to women (22%) and 18-34 (21%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to say the ship’s captain and medical officers are most responsible (22%) compared to other voters (16%).

Attitudes towards Temporary Migrants

May 12, 2020

Q. Temporary migrants include people on skilled worker visas (which are used to cover jobs where there are skill shortages including engineers, nurses and scientists), most New Zealand citizens living in Australia, and international students.

To what extent 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 Don’t know
Temporary migrants support the economy by spending their money in Australia 57% 17% 19% 39% 23% 12% 5% 3%
Businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants 54% 21% 26% 28% 22% 13% 8% 3%
If temporary migrants pay the same taxes as Australian citizens, they should be entitled to the same government support 52% 20% 21% 31% 24% 11% 9% 4%
It’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries 52% 20% 21% 31% 24% 13% 7% 4%
Without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages 48% 23% 15% 33% 24% 12% 11% 5%
Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants 41% 27% 18% 23% 28% 14% 12% 4%

 

TOTAL: Agree   Employment Status Federal Voting Intention
Total In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Temporary migrants support the economy by spending their money in Australia 57% 60% 51% 64% 59% 62% 56% 50%
Businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants 54% 53% 46% 67% 50% 61% 40% 75%
If temporary migrants pay the same taxes as Australian citizens, they should be entitled to the same government support 52% 57% 48% 52% 56% 51% 55% 51%
It’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries 52% 52% 44% 63% 51% 59% 32% 65%
Without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages 48% 51% 47% 48% 48% 57% 45% 34%
Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants 41% 43% 31% 52% 41% 46% 22% 57%
Base (n) 1,067 550 254 212 306 418 86 143
  • More than half of participants agree with any of the statements about temporary migrants – except without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages (48%) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (41%).
  • Retirees are more likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (67%), Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (52%) and it’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries (63%) than other participants (51%, 39% and 49% respectively).
  • Similarly other or independent party voters are most likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (75% v 55% all other voters) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (57% v 41% all other voters).
  • Coalition most likely to agree without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages (57% v 44% all other voters).
  • Greens voters are least likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (40% v 59% all other voters), Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (22% v 45% all other voters) and it’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries (32% v 57% all other voters).
  • Participants who support Kristina Kenneally’s “Australia first” approach more likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (68%) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (52%).

Coronavirus concerns

May 5, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Australia?

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096 1,057

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very concerned 32% 27% 34% 34% 34% 27%
Quite concerned 46% 49% 43% 47% 47% 46%
Not that concerned 18% 18% 20% 15% 16% 22%
Not at all concerned 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,093 341 372 380 734 359
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 has lessened this again week, with 32% saying they are very concerned (down from 39% last week) and 46% saying they are quite concerned.
  • Those aged 18-34 have a lower concern (24% not that/not at all concerned) to those aged over 55 (18%).

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1.093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 5% 8% 5% 1% 5% 3%
Somewhat likely 26% 31% 28% 20% 29% 19%
Somewhat unlikely 46% 38% 43% 57% 43% 54%
Very unlikely 23% 23% 25% 22% 23% 24%
Base (n) 1.093 341 372 380 734 359
  • The likelihood of catching Covid-19 has remained steady this week, with 31% saying they are very/somewhat likely to contract the virus (27% last week).

Government response to Covid-19

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 6% 3% 5% 6% 3% 5% 4%
Quite poor 9% 10% 8% 14% 9% 6% 10% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 32% 22% 9% 20% 21%
Quite good 38% 36% 40% 37% 39% 39% 38% 39%
Very good 28% 28% 28% 12% 25% 44% 27% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 16% 11% 19% 14% 8% 15% 11%
TOTAL: Good 66% 63% 68% 49% 64% 82% 65% 69%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359

State Government response to Covid-19

May 5, 2020

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

  04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Very poor 4% 5% 3% 6% 3% 2%  
Quite poor 8% 8% 8% 9% 7% 5%  
Neither good, nor poor 18% 19% 17% 21% 13% 14%  
Quite good 38% 45% 32% 43% 31% 30%  
Very good 31% 23% 40% 22% 45% 48%  
TOTAL: Poor 12% 13% 11% 15% 10% 7%  
TOTAL: Good 70% 68% 72% 65% 76% 79%  
Base (n) 1,093 352 275 220 85 106  
  • Across the country, the overall perception of states’ handling of the crisis is in line with government rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (70% states, 66% federal). Rating of the state government in NSW increased from 63% to 68%, while in Victoria, the rating decreased from 77% to 72%.

Easing restrictions

May 5, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
As soon as possible 10% 12% 9% 11% 13% 8% 10% 12%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 11% 7% 12% 9% 7% 9% 10%
Within the next month 21% 21% 20% 26% 18% 18% 22% 17%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 15% 12% 17% 17% 16% 14%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 32% 42% 28% 37% 44% 36% 38%
Unsure 8% 8% 7% 10% 7% 6% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359
  • People are becoming increasingly open to easing the lockdown restrictions. Those who think it’s too soon to lift restrictions has fallen from 49% two weeks ago to 37%.
  • One in five people think restrictions should be eased within the next month (21%).
  • Those aged over 55 are least likely to consider easing restrictions (44% say it’s too soon, compared to 28% of those aged 18-34).
  • Women are more likely than men to think it’s too soon to consider lifting restrictions (42% to 32%).

Opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closest to your views on the reopening of schools?

    Parent/Guardian Status
  Total I am a parent/guardian of

school-aged children

I am not a parent/guardian of school-aged children
Schools should only open for children of essential workers 32% 36% 30%
Schools should re-open for all children 45% 44% 46%
Schools should remain closed with all teaching conducted online 23% 20% 24%
Base (n) 1,093 291 802
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