Continuation of short-term measures

May 26, 2020

Q. The Federal Government has introduced some short-term measures to help people financially deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. For each of the following, how long do you think do you think the schemes should continue?

  Should end as soon as possible Should end at current set date Should continue after the current end date Unsure
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education

(Due to end 28th June 2020)

14% 33% 36% 17%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

21% 28% 36% 15%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

17% 36% 32% 14%

 

TOTAL: Should continue after the current end date   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education 36% 39% 33% 43% 34% 31%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight 36% 39% 33% 42% 36% 30%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker 32% 35% 30% 38% 32% 27%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382
  • One-third of participants say that providing feed childcare, and increasing JobSeeker payments should continue after the current end date (both 36%).
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say any of the short-term measures should continue after the current end date, whereas 55+ year olds are least likely to support continuing these measures.
  • Men are more likely to support continuing the increased JobSeeker payments after 24th September 2020 (39%) than women (33%).

Closer or more distant social connections

May 26, 2020

Q. Since the start of the lockdown restrictions, do you feel closer or more distant from each of the following people in your life?

  My partner My children My extended family My neighbours My friends My workmates
I feel closer 36% 35% 18% 13% 13% 11%
It has not affected our relationship 53% 52% 55% 64% 52% 53%
I feel more distant 11% 13% 27% 23% 34% 36%
Base 797 716 964 942 1,012 680

 

TOTAL: I feel closer   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
My partner 36% 36% 36% 49% 36% 24%
My children 35% 32% 38% 50% 41% 22%
My extended family 18% 18% 18% 24% 19% 13%
My neighbours 13% 14% 12% 15% 13% 12%
My friends 13% 13% 14% 19% 11% 11%
My workmates 11% 11% 11% 13% 11% 8%

 

TOTAL: I feel more distant   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
My partner 11% 11% 11% 15% 12% 6%
My children 13% 13% 12% 11% 10% 15%
My extended family 27% 26% 28% 31% 27% 24%
My neighbours 23% 21% 24% 23% 21% 24%
My friends 34% 32% 36% 42% 34% 28%
My workmates 36% 34% 39% 47% 32% 24%
  • More than half of participants don’t feel closer or more distant to the social connections in their life, varying between 64% for neighbours and 52% for children and friends.
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say they feel closer to their partner (49%), children (50%) and extended family (24%) – but more distant from their friends (42%) and workmates (47%).
  • Participants over 55 are most likely to say their social connections haven’t been affected by the lockdown restrictions.

Coronavirus concerns

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 33% 34% 32% 39% 44% 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 47% 49% 46% 44% 43% 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 16% 14% 18% 13% 11% 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 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 33% 32% 33% 35% 35% 30%
Quite concerned 47% 46% 45% 50% 46% 48%
Not that concerned 16% 17% 18% 13% 15% 16%
Not at all concerned 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 5%
Base (n) 1,073 339 349 385 730 343
  • In the only significant change from last week, the proportion of 35-54 year olds who are very concerned about the threat of Covid-19 drops from 39% to 33%.

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 6% 6% 5% 5% 7% 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 25% 24% 26% 21% 25% 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 48% 46% 50% 52% 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 21% 21% 23% 23% 17% 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1.093 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 6% 8% 8% 3% 7% 4%
Somewhat likely 25% 25% 29% 21% 26% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 48% 43% 42% 59% 48% 49%
Very unlikely 21% 24% 21% 17% 19% 24%
Base (n) 1,073 339 349 385 730 343

 

 

Government response to Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 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 3% 5% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 3%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 10% 9% 3% 7% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 15% 25% 16% 10% 15% 20%
Quite good 41% 38% 43% 47% 38% 38% 43% 35%
Very good 32% 31% 33% 14% 32% 47% 31% 35%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 8% 14% 13% 5% 11% 11%
TOTAL: Good 73% 69% 76% 61% 70% 85% 74% 70%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385 730 343

State Government response to Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04
Very poor 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Quite poor 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 18% 17% 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 38% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 33% 34% 31% 30% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 12% 13% 14% 16%
TOTAL: Good 72% 73% 70% 70% 66% 64%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 3% 5% 3% 3% 2% 0%
Quite poor 8% 7% 10% 8% 5% 4%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 15% 24% 13% 10%
Quite good 39% 43% 38% 39% 39% 33%
Very good 33% 27% 33% 26% 41% 52%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 12% 14% 10% 7% 5%
TOTAL: Good 72% 70% 71% 66% 80% 86%
Base (n) 1,073 352 267 216 85 104

Easing restrictions

May 19, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 9% 12% 7% 8% 9% 10%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 15% 11% 16% 12% 12%
Within the next month 23% 24% 21% 24% 19% 25%
By the end of next month 22% 22% 22% 22% 24% 19%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 22% 29% 19% 27% 30%
Unsure 8% 5% 10% 10% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385
  • Openness to easing the lockdown restrictions continues to increase, with just a quarter (25%) now believing it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.
  • Women (29%) and those over 55 years (30%) are most likely to believe it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.

Belief in Conspiracy Theories

May 19, 2020

Q. Here are some things people have been saying about Covid-19. They’re all things that some people say are true and others say aren’t true. To what extent do you believe each of the following to true or false?

  TOTAL:

True

TOTAL: False Definitely true Probably true Probably false Definitely false I don’t know enough to make a decision
The outbreak in China is actually much worse than the official Chinese statistics show 77% 11% 33% 44% 7% 4% 12%
The Covid-19 virus was engineered and released from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan 39% 39% 14% 25% 22% 17% 22%
The number of Covid-19 deaths have been exaggerated by the media and governments to scare the population 20% 71% 7% 13% 23% 48% 10%
Bill Gates played a role in the creation and spread of Covid-19 13% 71% 4% 9% 17% 55% 15%
The Covid-19 virus is not dangerous and is being used to force people to get vaccines 13% 79% 4% 10% 14% 65% 8%
The 5G wireless network is being used to spread the Covid-19 virus 12% 75% 4% 8% 14% 61% 13%

 

TOTAL: True   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The outbreak in China is actually much worse than the official Chinese statistics show 77% 79% 75% 69% 75% 85%
The Covid-19 virus was engineered and released from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan 39% 40% 39% 41% 39% 37%
The number of Covid-19 deaths have been exaggerated by the media and governments to scare the population 20% 23% 16% 30% 21% 10%
Bill Gates played a role in the creation and spread of Covid-19 13% 14% 13% 20% 13% 8%
The Covid-19 virus is not dangerous and is being used to force people to get vaccines 13% 17% 10% 20% 15% 6%
The 5G wireless network is being used to spread the Covid-19 virus 12% 15% 9% 20% 13% 4%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385
  • There is widespread belief that the outbreak in China is actually much worse than the official Chinese statistics show with three-quarters (77%) believe this to be definitely, or probably true.
  • Around the same number of people believe it’s true that the Covid-19 virus was engineered and released from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan as believe it to be false (both 39%).
  • Only a small minority believe other conspiracy theories to be true.

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