Views on opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following questions about children returning to school following the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Schools should teach most students remotely until the Covid-19 outbreak passes 50% 25% 23% 27% 25% 15% 10%
It’s unreasonable to expect teachers to prepare separate lessons for children who are learning remotely and for children who still attend school 52% 21% 23% 30% 27% 12% 8%
Even if schools in my state are open, I will still choose to keep my children home because of the Covid-19 outbreak

(PARENT/GUARDIAN ONLY)

41% 36% 17% 25% 23% 18% 17%

International Response

May 5, 2020

Q. Based on what you’ve seen in the media or heard from friends and family, how would you rate the response to the Covid-19 outbreak from each of these countries?

  TOTAL:

Good

TOTAL:

Poor

Very good Quite good Neither good, nor poor Quite poor Very poor
New Zealand 79% 5% 49% 30% 17% 2% 2%
China 21% 56% 6% 15% 23% 20% 36%
United Kingdom 20% 48% 4% 16% 33% 31% 17%
United States of America 12% 71% 3% 9% 17% 23% 48%
  • Australians think New Zealand has managed the Covid-19 well, with 79% rating the countries performance as very/quite good.
  • Around half of Australians rate the response of USA to Covid-19 as very poor (48%). Just 12% think the country has handled the outbreak well.

Coronavirus concerns

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 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 39% 39% 42% 37% 41% 36%
Quite concerned 44% 47% 39% 47% 45% 44%
Not that concerned 13% 10% 15% 14% 12% 15%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 4% 2% 2% 5%
Base (n) 1,054 343 332 379 720 334
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 has lessened this again week, with 39% saying they are very concerned (down from 44% last week) and 44% saying they are quite concerned.
  • Concern in both capital and regional areas has eased, with the proportion very concerned in capital cities falling from 46% to 41%, while in regional areas it has moved from 40% to 36%.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 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% 10% 6% 1% 7% 3%
Somewhat likely 21% 29% 21% 15% 22% 20%
Somewhat unlikely 50% 41% 48% 59% 50% 50%
Very unlikely 23% 20% 24% 25% 22% 27%
Base (n) 1,054 343 332 379 720 334
  • The likelihood of catching Covid-19 has decreased again this week, with fewer people saying they are very/somewhat likely to contract the virus (27%, down from 32% last week).
  • 18-34 are most likely to say they are very or somewhat likely to catch Covid-19 (39%) compared to 22% of those over 35.

Reaction to Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your personal views of the Covid-19 outbreak?

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 15% 14% 13% 17% 18% 33%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 68% 63% 59% 46% 39% 39%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 18% 24% 29% 37% 43% 28%
Base (n) 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 15% 18% 12% 21% 15% 10%
The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right 68% 65% 70% 63% 67% 72%
The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated 18% 18% 18% 16% 18% 18%
Base (n) 1,054 526 528 343 332 379
  • Two-thirds of people (68%) now believe the reaction to the threat of Covid-19 has been about right, with the proportion saying that the threat has been underestimated decreasing for a fourth week to just 18%.
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say that there has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19 (21%) compared to those over 35 (12%).

Economic expectations

Apr 28, 2020

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

  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 13% 11% 12% 11%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 49% 47% 49% 51%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 28% 30% 27% 29%
Unsure 10% 11% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,054 1,051 1,068 1,069

 

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 13% 14% 11% 20% 11% 8%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 49% 53% 46% 53% 49% 47%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 28% 27% 30% 17% 30% 36%
Unsure 10% 6% 13% 10% 9% 9%
Base (n) 1,054 526 528 343 332 379

 

 

 

 

Government response to Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020

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

  27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
NET: Poor 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
NET: Good 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 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% 4% 4% 6% 4% 2% 4% 4%
Quite poor 9% 10% 8% 15% 8% 5% 10% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 16% 24% 16% 11% 18% 15%
Quite good 44% 46% 43% 45% 46% 42% 43% 46%
Very good 26% 22% 30% 10% 26% 40% 25% 27%
NET: Poor 13% 15% 11% 21% 13% 7% 14% 11%
NET: Good 70% 68% 73% 55% 72% 82% 68% 74%
Base (n) 1,054 526 528 343 332 379 720 334
  • For the third week in a row, the perception that the Government has done a good job handling the situation (very/somewhat good) has increased (now 70%, up from 65%).
  • The ratings have increased most among those not in paid employment (up 5% to 64%), Labor voters (up 5% to 66%) and those with dependent children (up 5% to 70%).

State Government response to Covid-19

Apr 28, 2020

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

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

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 4% 7% 3% 3% 1% 3%
Quite poor 9% 11% 6% 10% 5% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 19% 14% 20% 17% 12%
Quite good 41% 39% 40% 47% 43% 31%
Very good 30% 24% 37% 20% 34% 45%
NET: Poor 13% 18% 9% 13% 6% 12%
NET: Good 70% 63% 77% 67% 77% 76%
Base (n) 1,054 323 272 217 84 109
  • 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 (both 70%).
  • Victoria and South Australia now lead the state government response ratings (both 77%), with New South Wales lowest rated at 63%.

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