State Government response to Covid-19

Jul 14, 2020

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

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

 

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

 

  • The positive rating of the State Government in Victoria has dropped from 65% in June to 49% this week. 17% think the Victorian government is doing a very good job (down from 26%) and those thinking they’ve done a quite good job has fallen from 28% to 32%.
  • Southern Australia (79%) and Western Australia (77%) have the highest state government ratings at handling the crisis.

 

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

 

  • At the same time, those rating the Victorian state Government’s performance as very or quite poor has doubled from 13% in June to 26% this week.

 

Coronavirus concerns

Jun 23, 2020

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

  22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very concerned 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44%
Quite concerned 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43%
Not that concerned 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11%
Not at all concerned 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2%
Base (n) 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Jun 23, 2020

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

  22/08 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very likely 8% 6% 6% 7% 5% 6% 6% 5% 5% 7%
Somewhat likely 23% 19% 22% 23% 22% 25% 24% 26% 21% 25%
Somewhat unlikely 49% 49% 47% 48% 51% 48% 48% 46% 50% 52%
Very unlikely 21% 26% 25% 22% 23% 21% 21% 23% 23% 17%
Base (n) 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1.093 1,054 1,051

Likelihood of second wave

Jun 23, 2020

Q. How likely do you think it is, that there will be a second wave of Covid-19 infections will occur as a result of easing restrictions?

  Total Gender Age Group
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very likely 20% 18% 21% 18% 24% 17%
Quite likely 43% 41% 45% 40% 40% 50%
Neither likely nor unlikely 24% 26% 23% 28% 24% 21%
Quite unlikely 10% 11% 8% 11% 8% 10%
Very unlikely 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2%
TOTAL: Likely 63% 59% 67% 58% 64% 67%
TOTAL: Unlikely 13% 15% 10% 14% 12% 12%
Base (n) 1,079 525 554 332 362 385

 

  State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very likely 21% 24% 20% 14% 14%
Quite likely 41% 45% 43% 45% 43%
Neither likely nor unlikely 27% 21% 24% 23% 24%
Quite unlikely 9% 7% 10% 11% 15%
Very unlikely 3% 2% 3% 6% 4%
TOTAL: Likely 62% 70% 63% 59% 57%
TOTAL: Unlikely 12% 9% 13% 18% 19%
Very likely 352 261 216 88 110
  • 63% of participants think a second wave of Covid-19 infections is probable with women (67%) and 55+ year olds (67%) more likely to say this will happen.
  • Victorians (70%) are more likely than other state residents to think a second wave is probable (61%), which coincides with the announcement of 19 new cases over the weekend.
  • There are no significant differences across voting intentions.

Time to return to normal

Jun 23, 2020

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 12% 27% 35% 22% 4%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 11% 22% 43% 20% 4%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 11% 22% 38% 25% 4%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 10% 23% 39% 24% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 17% 37% 33% 6%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 8% 15% 31% 27% 20%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 9% 12% 52% 22%

 

WITHIN NEXT SIX MONTHS Gender Age Group
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 13% 10% 14% 14% 7%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 15% 8% 16% 12% 7%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 13% 8% 15% 11% 6%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 9% 16% 13% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 7% 13% 8% 3%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 9% 7% 11% 9% 3%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 3% 9% 6% 1%
Base (n) 525 554 332 362 385

 

Government response to Covid-19

Jun 23, 2020

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

  22/08 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very poor 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5%
Quite poor 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9% 10%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17% 21%
Quite good 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44% 42%
Very good 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26% 23%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13% 15%
TOTAL: Good 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70% 65%
Base (n) 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very poor 4% 6% 2% 5% 5% 2% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 9% 8% 12% 7% 6% 9% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 16% 23% 21% 8% 16% 19%
Quite good 43% 39% 47% 44% 43% 43% 43% 43%
Very good 27% 28% 27% 17% 24% 40% 28% 27%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 10% 17% 12% 9% 13% 11%
TOTAL: Good 71% 67% 74% 61% 67% 83% 71% 70%
Base (n) 1,079 525 554 332 362 385 728 351

State Government response to Covid-19

Jun 23, 2020

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

  22/08 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very poor 5% 4% 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5%
Quite poor 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 17% 17% 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17% 20%
Quite good 41% 38% 39% 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41% 39%
Very good 28% 33% 32% 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 13% 12% 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 69% 71% 71% 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70% 66%
Base (n) 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 5% 4% 8% 6% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 8% 5% 14% 5% 4%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 22% 15% 13% 17%
Quite good 41% 45% 38% 42% 39% 27%
Very good 28% 25% 26% 22% 40% 48%
TOTAL: Poor 13% 12% 13% 20% 8% 8%
TOTAL: Good 69% 70% 65% 64% 79% 75%
Base (n) 1,079 352 261 216 88 110
  • Victorian rating of their state government’s response is down 10% this week (from 75% to 65%) with 19 new cases of Covid-19 recorded this weekend.

Coronavirus concerns

Jun 16, 2020

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

  15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very concerned 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45%
Quite concerned 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43%
Not that concerned 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068
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