Essential Report

Views towards Covid-19 vaccination thresholds (focus on children)

Aug 31, 2021

Q. The national cabinet has set targets for easing Covid-19 restrictions once 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and for lockdowns to stop once 80% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

These targets are based on the percentage of the adult population who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 65% 17% 31% 34% 18% 10% 7%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 58% 19% 26% 32% 24% 10% 9%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 23% 17% 26% 34% 15% 8%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 65% 62% 67% 58% 61% 74% 71% 66% 63% 48%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 58% 58% 58% 52% 55% 66% 65% 58% 59% 43%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 47% 41% 43% 41% 47% 47% 46% 48% 31%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119

 

TOTAL: Agree State Household Composition
NSW VIC QLD SA WA Dependent Children No Dependent Children
Actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets 73% 59% 63% 63% 61% 68% 63%
We should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated 60% 48% 58% 59% 71% 57% 58%
Children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines 44% 38% 46% 46% 50% 48% 41%
Base (n) 349 276 219 89 111 392 708
  • Most people (65%) expect actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like wearing masks in crowds and practicing social distancing, should be required even after we achieve the vaccination targets.
  • Over half of people agree that we should not be easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions until a substantial proportion of children are fully vaccinated. Agreement for this is highest among those aged over 55 (66%), Labor voters (65%), and those in WA (71%).
  • 44% agree that children should be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine over those in the general population who are eligible for other vaccines. Those with dependent children are more likely than those without to agree with this statement (48% to 41%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

  16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
Very poor 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5%
Quite poor 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9%
Neither good nor poor 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18%
Quite good 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41%
Very good 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15%
TOTAL: Good 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010

 

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 41% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (38% earlier in the month), with 35% rating it as quite poor or very poor (35% earlier in the month).
  • Just 9% of people say the response of the federal government has been very good- the lowest recorded since the start of the pandemic.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped further in NSW and SA compared to earlier this month (down 5% to 34%, and 3% to 45% respectively). This is the lowest recorded rating for both states.

Positive rating has improved in WA (up 16% to 53%).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
NSW 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75%
VIC 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59%
QLD 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71%
SA 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76%
WA 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 42% from 47% earlier this month.
  • Positive rating of the state government in Victoria is at a consistent level with earlier this month (now at 56%, 54% earlier this month), and has improved compared to this time last month (49%).
  • Positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 82%, an improvement from a month ago (77%).

Personal impact of Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects?:

TOTAL: Agree Aug’21 Apr’20
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 79%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 61%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 61%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 37%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 36%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 29%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 29%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 31%
  • Compared to last year, many effects of lockdowns have become no more manageable.
  • 38% are able to get more things done around the house (37% in April 2020), and 37% say they feel lonelier than before the pandemic (36% in April 2020).
  • However, more people than last year say they are worried about the effect of social distancing on their personal relationships (34%, up from 29%), and fewer people say social distancing will get easier (56%, down from 61%), and they are more productive around the house (54%, down from 61%).
  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 10% 38% 37% 15% 6% 4%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 17% 15% 41% 27% 11% 6%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 14% 15% 39% 32% 8% 6%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 17% 12% 27% 45% 11% 5%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 37% 13% 24% 25% 18% 20%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 39% 10% 24% 27% 22% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 40% 9% 21% 30% 23% 17%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 30% 7% 21% 42% 17% 13%

 

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on adults

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns across Australia, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the following?

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My financial situation 54%
My mental wellbeing 51% 50%
My physical health 50%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48%
My personal relationships 43% 39%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 49%
  • The effect of lockdowns is not getting any easier on people’s mental health, with 51% saying they are concerned with their mental wellbeing (50% in July 2021). 43% say they are concerned for their personal relationships (39% in July 2021), and 43% of people in employment are concerned about their work-life balance (49% in July 2021).
  TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My financial situation 54% 46% 21% 33% 28% 18%
My mental wellbeing 51% 49% 21% 30% 30% 19%
My physical health 50% 50% 16% 34% 32% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48% 52% 17% 30% 28% 24%
My personal relationships 43% 57% 14% 29% 34% 22%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 57% 13% 30% 37% 20%
  • The biggest cause of concern for people is their financial situation (54%). Around half are concerned for their mental wellbeing (51%) and physical health (50%).
  • 48% of those in employment are concerned that the lockdowns will result in unemployment or reduced hours.

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. And now thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns and their impact on children, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the following?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 59%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 55%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49%
Base (n) 392 433
  • Parents’ concern for the impact of lockdowns on children has increased since July.
  • 65% are now concern for their children’s wellbeing (59% in July), and 61% are concerned their children are falling behind at school (55% in July).
Asked only to those with dependent children in the household (n=392) TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My child(ren) missing out on socialising (with their friends, peers, teachers, etc.) 69% 31% 34% 35% 16% 15%
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing 65% 35% 31% 34% 18% 17%
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school 61% 39% 30% 31% 18% 21%
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues 51% 49% 23% 27% 26% 23%
Asked only those with school-aged children, teenagers, or older dependent children in the household (n=275)    
My child(ren)’s readiness for life beyond school (e.g. university, work) 58% 42% 29% 30% 20% 22%
My child(ren) suffering from exam stress exacerbated by lockdowns 56% 44% 21% 34% 19% 25%
  • The greatest concern for parents is their children missing out on socialising (69%), followed by children’s mental wellbeing (65%).
  • Among parents with school-aged children, teenagers or older dependent children, 58% are concerned that the lockdowns will affect their children’s readiness for life beyond school, and 56% are concerned about extra exam stress.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Adults

Aug 17, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

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

  16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 10/05 26/04 15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated / I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine / I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine 68% 64% 63% 51% 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 24% 25% 27% 33% 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 8% 11% 11% 16% 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  •  The vaccine rollout continues to progress, with 68% who have either received a vaccine, or would do so as soon as possible.
  • A quarter (24%) now would wait to receive a vaccine (down from 47% in January).
  • 8% say they would never get vaccinated (11% earlier in August).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. It has recently been announced that children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions can receive the Pfizer vaccine in Australia once enough vaccines are available.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), how long would you wait before getting them to take it?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 50% 54% 46% 43% 46% 74% 54% 54% 44% 35%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 39% 42% 44% 46% 19% 37% 41% 45% 52%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 14% 8% 7% 9% 5% 11% 12%
Base (n) 392 168 224 122 206 64 144 132 38 45

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA* WA*
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 58% 49% 50% 31% 31%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 30% 46% 41% 58% 54%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 12% 4% 8% 11% 16%
Base (n) 123 94 84 31 41

*Caution: Small base sizes

  • Half of parents say would have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, while 41% would not do it straight away. 10% say they would never vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Intention to vaccinate their children as soon as possible is highest among parents who are men (54%), those aged over 55 (74%), and Labor and Coalition voters (54% respectively). Parents in NSW are most likely to vaccinate their children as soon as possible (58%).
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