Mandatory face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public places to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly oppose 5% 6% 4% 4% 8% 2%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 9% 3%
Neither support nor oppose 20% 21% 19% 25% 18% 17%
Somewhat support 27% 28% 25% 26% 27% 28%
Strongly support 41% 36% 46% 34% 38% 50%
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 16% 10% 16% 17% 6%
TOTAL: Support 68% 64% 71% 59% 65% 77%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Strongly oppose 5% 2% 5% 8% 4% 5%  
Somewhat oppose 8% 8% 10% 9% 5% 7%  
Neither support nor oppose 20% 20% 12% 25% 26% 27%  
Somewhat support 27% 31% 20% 25% 27% 31%  
Strongly support 41% 39% 53% 33% 38% 30%  
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 10% 14% 17% 9% 12%  
TOTAL: Support 68% 70% 74% 58% 65% 61%  
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110  
  • There is strong support for the mandatory use of face masks and coverings in public places, with two-thirds (68%) of participants supporting this enforcement. (either strongly or somewhat).
  • Support for this position was highest among women (71% support), those over 55 years old (77%), people in NSW (70%) and Victorian residents (74%).

Effectiveness of face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In your opinion, how effective are face masks or coverings at preventing the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very effective 19% 21% 17% 22% 19% 16%
Quite effective 46% 43% 49% 40% 47% 51%
Not that effective 20% 22% 17% 24% 19% 17%
Not effective at all 5% 7% 4% 5% 7% 4%
Unsure 10% 7% 13% 8% 9% 12%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very effective 19% 18% 19% 20% 19% 13%
Quite effective 46% 49% 56% 34% 43% 42%
Not that effective 20% 19% 14% 24% 25% 26%
Not effective at all 5% 4% 5% 10% 2% 6%
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 13% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • There is widespread belief that using face masks can reduce the spread of the virus, 19% think they are very effective and 46% quite effective. Just 5% thinking they are not effective at all effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
  • Victorians are most likely to believe masks are effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19 with 19% believing they are ‘very effective’ and 56% saying ‘quite effective’.

Expected restriction levels

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, what do you expect will happen to the restriction levels in your local area over the next two months?

    Gender State
  Total Male Female NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I expect restrictions will become tighter 39% 35% 43% 53% 38% 37% 25% 16%
I expect no change to the restrictions 39% 42% 37% 35% 40% 39% 44% 51%
I expect restrictions will have eased 22% 23% 20% 12% 22% 24% 31% 33%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • Australians are preparing for a continuation, or tightening of restrictions over the next few months. 39% expect tighter restrictions in their local area and the same number do not expect any change to the current rules and guidelines. About one in five (22%) believe that restrictions will ease.
  • Women (43%) and residents of New South Wales (53%) are most likely to expect restrictions to become tighter; while men (35%) and Western Australia residents (16%) are less likely to expect this.

Time to return to normal

Jul 28, 2020

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

LAST MONTH (22/06) Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 11% 22% 43% 20% 4%
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 12% 27% 35% 22% 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%

 

  • Expectations of the effect of the Covid-19 have lengthened in the past month, with more people now thinking the impacts will last for more than two years.
  • 32% expect it will be over two years before quarantine following international travel is removed (up from 22% last month). Similarly more people now think it will be over two years before housing prices (25% to 38%), unrestricted international travel (24% to 38%) and unemployment (33% to 48%) return to pre-Covid levels.
  • 26% do not think a population-wide resistance to the disease will ever be achieved.

Coronavirus concerns

Jul 14, 2020

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

  13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very concerned 36% 25% 28% 27% 32% 30% 33% 34% 32% 39%
Quite concerned 48% 50% 45% 48% 49% 49% 47% 49% 46% 44%
Not that concerned 12% 21% 23% 21% 15% 16% 16% 14% 18% 13%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3%
Base (n) 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 36% 42% 46% 25% 33% 26%
Quite concerned 48% 46% 45% 49% 44% 55%
Not that concerned 12% 8% 8% 19% 21% 13%
Not at all concerned 3% 3% 1% 6% 1% 7%
Base (n) 1,054 320 281 226 82 98

 

  • Concern about Covid-19 has increased from last month. In June 25% said they were very concerned about the threat of Covid-19 – this has increased to 36% this week.
  • Concern is highest in Victoria (46% are very concerned) and NSW (42%), while lower in Queensland (25% and Western Australia (26%).

Government response to Covid-19

Jul 14, 2020

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

  13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Quite poor 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17%
Quite good 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44%
Very good 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13%
TOTAL: Good 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70%
Base (n) 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis has declined from last month. 64% now rate the Governments response as good (Very good or quite good), down from 71% in June.
  • Victoria has the lowest rating (60% rated very/quite good, down from 70% in June). 

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

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