Responsibility for Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Aug 25, 2020

Q. In your opinion, who is most responsible for the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Federal Government 28% 32% 24% 31% 32% 21% 34% 25% 28% 31%
State or Territory governments 30% 29% 31% 37% 30% 24% 26% 32% 35% 28%
Aged Care providers 42% 39% 45% 32% 37% 55% 40% 43% 37% 41%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • Similar proportions of people attribute responsibility to the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities to Federal (28%) and state (30%) governments. However more (42%) place the responsibility on the providers of aged care.
  • Men are more likely than women to say the Federal government is responsible (32% to 24%).
  • Coalition voters are least likely to believe the Federal government is responsible for the outbreaks of Covid-19 within aged care facilities (25%).

Statements about Covid-19 Outbreak in Aged Care

Aug 25, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread of the virus within aged care facilities?

  TOTAL: AGREE TOTAL: DISAGREE Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 14% 38% 39% 11% 3% 9%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 17% 32% 39% 13% 4% 12%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 19% 24% 42% 13% 6% 14%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 18% 34% 26% 14% 4% 12%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: AGREE Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities 77% 77% 77% 69% 78% 83% 82% 79% 79% 73%
Hygiene and care standards in private care homes are poor which has contributed to the spread of Covid-19 71% 73% 69% 62% 70% 78% 74% 74% 63% 73%
Covid-19 has entered and spread through aged care facilities because of community transmission from friends and families of residents 67% 72% 62% 69% 72% 61% 68% 73% 68% 58%
The impact of Covid-19 in aged care facilities has been worsened by long-term underfunding of the aged care sector 70% 70% 70% 69% 71% 70% 77% 68% 85% 67%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • There is acknowledgement in the community of a range of factors that have contributed to the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities. A majority of people believe that there was insufficient preparation from authorities (77% agreement) and that long-term underfunding of aged care facilities has worsened the impact.
  • Similar numbers also agree that the hygiene and care standards in private care homes has contributed to the spread of (71%) and that community transmission from friends and families of residents has also contributed to the spread (67%).

Support for Measures to Limit Covid-19 Outbreak

Aug 25, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community?

  TOTAL: SUPPORT TOTAL: OPPOSE Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
All aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are automatically transferred to a public hospital 63% 17% 35% 28% 20% 10% 7%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home 52% 23% 27% 24% 25% 14% 9%
The closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens 65% 18% 39% 26% 17% 10% 8%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 must wear a tracking bracelet while self-isolating to ensure they don’t leave their homes 60% 20% 31% 29% 20% 11% 10%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: SUPPORT Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
All aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are automatically transferred to a public hospital 63% 63% 63% 49% 62% 78% 65% 67% 60% 57%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home 52% 52% 52% 44% 51% 60% 55% 53% 47% 43%
The closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens 65% 63% 68% 51% 65% 78% 68% 69% 56% 61%
Any person diagnosed with Covid-19 must wear a tracking bracelet while self-isolating to ensure they don’t leave their homes 60% 60% 60% 45% 61% 71% 63% 62% 47% 59%
Base (n) 1,068 513 555 317 370 381 313 447 96 118

 

  • Around two-thirds of people support the closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens (65%), with similar numbers also supporting the transfer to a public hospital of all aged care facility residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19 (63%) and the compulsory wearing of a tracking bracelet during self-isolation for people diagnosed with Covi-19 (60%).
  • Just over half of people support the requirement for any person diagnosed with Covid-19 is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility and not isolate from home (52%). Support for this proposition is lowest among those aged 18-34 (44%) and Greens voters (47%).

 

Coronavirus concerns

Aug 25, 2020

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

  24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
Very concerned 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34%
Quite concerned 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49%
Not that concerned 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3%
Base (n) 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has eased this week with 40% very concerned about the threat (down from 50% earlier in the month).

Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis remains stable with 63% rating their response as very or quite good.

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

TOTAL: Very/Quite good 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
New South Wales 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70% 68%
Victoria 49% 53% 49% 67% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71% 72%
Queensland 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70% 65%

 

  • Since the start of the outbreak in Victoria last month, the Victorian state government rating has been the lowest of the three most populous states with around half (49% this week) saying the Victorian Government is doing a Very good, or quite good job responding to Covid-19.
  • New South Wales has also seen a decrease in rating, moving from 70% in June to 61% this week.

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).
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