Coronavirus concerns

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very concerned 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32%
Quite concerned 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46%
Not that concerned 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has further increased with 50% of Australians ‘very concerned’, up from 43% last month.
  • Concern is higher among capital city residents (92%) compared to non-capital city residents (84%), and lower among those likely to vote for an independent or other party at an election (81%) than all other voters (91%).

Information about Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 10/08 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 66% 71% 70% 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 62% 65% 63% 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 55% 58% 52% 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 41% 42% 51% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,010 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 10% 29% 40% 21% 6% 4%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 14% 28% 38% 20% 8% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 16% 22% 40% 22% 11% 5%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 23% 15% 35% 27% 14% 8%

 

  • Agreement with these statements has increased since April, with the greatest increase in trust in the media (was 41% now 50%).
  • Broadly, participants over 55 are more likely to agree with these statements than those aged 18-34 years old.
  • Men are more likely than women to disagree that they trust the Government to provide honest and objective information (18% compared to 10% disagree).

Uptake of Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 11, 2020

Q. If and when a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available, how long would you wait before taking it?

    Gender Age group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 56% 60% 53% 50% 54% 64%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 35% 33% 37% 38% 37% 30%
I’d never get vaccinated 8% 7% 10% 11% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,010 505 505 302 331 377

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 66% 57% 43% 44%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 29% 36% 45% 34%
I’d never get vaccinated 5% 7% 10% 21%
Base (n) 311 413 78 94

 

Truth in statements about Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

Q. How confident are you that the following statements about Covid-19 are true?

  TOTAL: True TOTAL: Not true Definitely true Probably true Probably not true Definitely not true Unsure
It’s possible for people to have the virus and be contagious even if they don’t feel sick in any way 81% 12% 54% 27% 9% 3% 7%
Masks trap the carbon dioxide people exhale close to their faces and make it harder to breathe in oxygen 33% 51% 11% 22% 23% 28% 16%
It’s no more dangerous than a typical winter flu 32% 60% 15% 17% 15% 45% 9%
You don’t need to wear a mask if you are physically distancing 29% 61% 8% 21% 26% 35% 10%
The malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine, has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for Covid-19 20% 55% 7% 13% 21% 33% 26%

 

VIC: State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

VICTORIA ONLY 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 16% 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3%
Quite poor 14% 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11% 8%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15% 17%
Quite good 28% 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34% 32%
Very good 21% 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37% 40%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14% 11%
TOTAL: Good 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Base (n) 499 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275 275

 

TOTAL: Good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
NSW 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
VIC 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
QLD 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%
SA 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78% 76%
WA 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83% 79%

 

  • Victorian’s rating of their State Government’s performance has decreased with only 49% of Victorians saying their Government’s performance has been good. This is on par with the results a month ago.
  • Western Australia (86%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.

VIC: Covid-19 outbreak impact on favourability

Aug 11, 2020

Q. How has the Covid-19 outbreak affected your views of the following people…?

VICTORIA ONLY Daniel Andrews Scott Morrison
Much more favourable 24% 25%
A little more favourable 20% 33%
No difference 26% 27%
A little less favourable 10% 7%
Much less favourable 19% 8%
TOTAL: More favourable 44% 58%
TOTAL: Less favourable 29% 15%
Base (n) 499 499

 

  • 58% of Victorians say they now have a more favourable opinion of Scott Morrison due to the Covid-19 outbreak, while 44% say the same for Daniel Andrews.
  • Victorians over 55 years old and capital city residents are more likely to say their opinion of Scott Morrison has become more favourable (65% and 60% respectively) than 18-34 year olds and non-capital city residents (51% and 49%).
  • Victorians over 55 years old are more likely to have a less favourable opinion of Daniel Andrews (40%) than 18-34 year olds (19%).
  • Perception of the State Government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak is tied to perceptions of Daniel Andrews – those who say their state’s response is poor are more likely to say their opinion of Daniel Andrews is now less favourable, and vice versa.

Coronavirus concerns

Jul 28, 2020

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

  27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very concerned 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39%
Quite concerned 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44%
Not that concerned 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very concerned 43% 48% 47% 36% 40% 38%
Quite concerned 44% 43% 43% 47% 46% 48%
Not that concerned 9% 7% 7% 10% 11% 9%
Not at all concerned 4% 2% 3% 7% 3% 6%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has increased again – two weeks ago 36% of participants were very concerned about the threat of Covid-19 which has increased to 43%.
  • Concern is highest in New South Wales (48% are very concerned) and Victoria (47%), while states where Covid-19 cases aren’t increasing are less concerned (36% very concerned, QLD; 40% SA, 38% WA).

State Government response to Covid-19

Jul 28, 2020

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

All States 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 7% 7% 5% 4% 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Quite poor 11% 11% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 18% 18% 17% 17% 17% 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17%
Quite good 36% 36% 41% 38% 39% 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41%
Very good 28% 28% 28% 33% 32% 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 17% 13% 12% 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13%
TOTAL: Good 65% 64% 69% 71% 71% 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

TOTAL: Good 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
NSW 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68% 63%
VIC 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72% 77%
QLD 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65% 67%
SA 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78% 76% 77%
WA 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83% 79% 76%

 

VICTORIA ONLY 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3%
Quite poor 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11% 8% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15% 17% 14%
Quite good 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34% 32% 40%
Very good 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37% 40% 37%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14% 11% 9%
TOTAL: Good 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72% 77%
Base (n) 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275 275 272

 

  • Victoria’s rating of their State Government’s performance is still well below their results in June and is steady during the last fortnight (53%).
  • South Australia (76%) and Western Australia (82%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.
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