Confidence in effectiveness Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 13% 18% 9% 13% 17% 10% 13% 17% 10% 14%
Fairly confident 44% 43% 45% 43% 42% 48% 47% 49% 47% 30%
Not that confident 23% 23% 23% 25% 22% 22% 25% 19% 21% 32%
Not confident at all 10% 9% 12% 11% 13% 7% 10% 7% 10% 17%
Unsure 9% 7% 11% 8% 7% 12% 6% 7% 13% 6%
TOTAL: Confident 58% 61% 54% 56% 58% 58% 59% 66% 57% 44%
TOTAL: Not confident 33% 32% 35% 36% 35% 30% 35% 26% 31% 49%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • However, when it comes to confidence in the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout at stopping the spread within the country, Australians are more cautious. While over half (58%) are confident in this, over a third (33%) are not confident.
  • Coalition voters are the most optimistic with 66% confident in the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout, followed by 59% Labor voters, 57% Greens voters and 44% minor and independent party voters.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 19, 2021

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

  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 42% 51% 34% 30% 42% 54% 48% 49% 34% 33%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 38% 55% 57% 46% 39% 44% 44% 57% 42%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 11% 11% 14% 13% 7% 8% 7% 9% 25%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than mid last year. 42% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% last August. 47% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35% in August) and 11% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (54%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (25%).

Economic expectations post Covid-19

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your expectations of what will happen to the economy following the Covid-19 situation?

  14/12 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 18% 13% 11% 12% 11%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 43% 49% 47% 49% 51%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 22% 28% 30% 27% 29%
Unsure 17% 10% 11% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,071 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 18% 27% 10% 18% 22% 15% 15% 25% 13% 21%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 43% 42% 44% 45% 38% 47% 47% 48% 46% 36%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 22% 18% 25% 18% 25% 22% 25% 17% 32% 33%
Unsure 17% 13% 20% 19% 15% 16% 13% 10% 10% 10%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • There is now more uncertainty about the future of the economy than earlier in the year. 17% say they are unsure how the economy will rebound following Covid-19, up from 10% in April.
  • 18% think the economy will rebound in the next 2-3 months (up from 13% in April) and 22% think Covid-19 will cause a long-term recession (down from 28%).
  • However most people think there will be some growth in the economy after 6-12 months (43%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,071 1,010

 

  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 43% 53% 35% 35% 41% 53% 44% 48% 45% 42%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 46% 41% 51% 54% 48% 38% 52% 43% 44% 39%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 6% 14% 11% 11% 9% 5% 8% 11% 19%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than earlier in the year. 43% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% in August. 46% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35%) and 10% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (53%), those aged over 55 (53%).
  • Those voting for independent of minor parties are most likely to say they would never get a vaccine (19%).

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 26% 28% 23% 22% 28% 27% 24% 29% 30% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 45% 42% 42% 41% 46% 48% 46% 31% 36%
Not that closely 23% 21% 25% 28% 22% 21% 23% 21% 25% 28%
Not closely at all 8% 6% 9% 7% 9% 7% 4% 4% 14% 14%
TOTAL: Closely 69% 73% 65% 65% 69% 73% 73% 75% 61% 59%
TOTAL: Not closely 31% 27% 35% 35% 31% 27% 27% 25% 39% 41%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The trial results of Covid-19 vaccines

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 23% 28% 18% 16% 27% 25% 21% 27% 25% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 42% 44% 47% 37% 46% 51% 44% 35% 33%
Not that closely 25% 23% 26% 28% 25% 22% 21% 23% 31% 29%
Not closely at all 9% 7% 11% 9% 11% 7% 7% 5% 10% 15%
TOTAL: Closely 66% 70% 63% 63% 63% 72% 72% 71% 59% 55%
TOTAL: Not closely 34% 30% 37% 37% 37% 28% 28% 29% 41% 45%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

Coronavirus concerns

Dec 1, 2020

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

  30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
Very concerned 27% 27% 30% 30% 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25%
Quite concerned 43% 44% 46% 52% 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50%
Not that concerned 24% 23% 20% 15% 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21%
Not at all concerned 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 is at a similar level as last fortnight, with 30% saying they are either not that concerned (24%) or not at all concerned (6%). 27% are very concerned about the threat and the remaining 43% are quite concerned.

Federal Government response to Covid-19

Dec 1, 2020

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

  30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06
Very poor 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3%
Quite poor 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8%
Neither good nor poor 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16%
Quite good 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42%
Very good 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11%
TOTAL: Good 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72%
Base (n) 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 is stable at 67% rating it very or quite good (up from 61% earlier in the month).
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