Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Feb 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
NSW 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70%
VIC 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65%
QLD 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64%
SA 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79%
WA 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75%
  • Positive rating of the NSW government has dropped to 71% (from 76% at the end of November).
  • Positive rating of the QLD government has increased to 78%, the highest rating we’ve seen in the last six months.
  • The rating of the Victorian government is still the lowest rating of states at 61%.

Preference towards federal vs state government Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, which authority would you prefer to be responsible for the distribution of the vaccinations in your state or territory?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 38% 31% 50% 32% 38%
Your state or territory government 44% 54% 39% 44% 40%
Unsure 19% 16% 11% 24% 22%
Base (n) 1,092 361 400 97 126
  • 44% of Australians would prefer their state or territory government to be responsible for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations, compared to 38% who would prefer the federal government to take charge of this, and 19% are unsure.
  • Preference for their state or territory government to handle the rollout of vaccines is highest among Labor voters (54%), followed by 44% Greens voters, 40% minor and independent party voters and 39% Coalition voters.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be…

  TOTAL: Confident TOTAL: Not confident
… done efficiently 68% 26%
… done safely 72% 22%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 33%
  • Most Australians are confident in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia, with 68% confident that it will be done efficiently, 72% confident it will be done safely and 58% confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be…

TOTAL: Confident Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… done efficiently 65% 78% 66% 64%
… done safely 71% 80% 67% 61%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 59% 66% 57% 44%
  • Coalition voters are the most confident in the efficiency, safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout compared to other voters.

Confidence in efficiency of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be done efficiently

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 19% 23% 16% 16% 21% 20% 15% 29% 18% 16%
Fairly confident 48% 45% 51% 44% 47% 53% 50% 49% 48% 48%
Not that confident 19% 21% 17% 27% 16% 16% 22% 14% 22% 21%
Not confident at all 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 5% 7% 5% 8% 13%
Unsure 6% 4% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 2%
TOTAL: Confident 68% 68% 67% 60% 68% 73% 65% 78% 66% 64%
TOTAL: Not confident 26% 28% 25% 34% 25% 21% 29% 18% 30% 34%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • While confidence in the efficiency of the Covid-19 rollout is relatively high across all demographics, those who are older are more confident than younger cohorts (73% of those over 55 are confident, followed by 68% those 35-54 and 60% those 18-34).
  • Out of all voters, Coalition voters are the most confident that the vaccine rollout will be efficient, with 78% who are confident and of this, nearly a third (29%) who are very confident.

Confidence in safety of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be done safely

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 22% 24% 20% 18% 21% 27% 20% 29% 21% 22%
Fairly confident 50% 51% 49% 46% 48% 55% 51% 51% 46% 38%
Not that confident 15% 14% 15% 22% 16% 7% 17% 11% 19% 20%
Not confident at all 7% 6% 9% 8% 10% 4% 6% 6% 10% 14%
Unsure 6% 5% 8% 6% 6% 7% 6% 3% 3% 5%
TOTAL: Confident 72% 75% 69% 64% 69% 82% 71% 80% 67% 61%
TOTAL: Not confident 22% 21% 23% 31% 26% 11% 23% 17% 30% 34%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • Reflecting confidence in the efficiency of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, confidence it will be done safely is high overall as well. Again, those over 55 and Coalition voters have the most confidence in this (82% and 80% respectively).

Confidence in effectiveness Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Feb 2, 2021

Q. How confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 13% 18% 9% 13% 17% 10% 13% 17% 10% 14%
Fairly confident 44% 43% 45% 43% 42% 48% 47% 49% 47% 30%
Not that confident 23% 23% 23% 25% 22% 22% 25% 19% 21% 32%
Not confident at all 10% 9% 12% 11% 13% 7% 10% 7% 10% 17%
Unsure 9% 7% 11% 8% 7% 12% 6% 7% 13% 6%
TOTAL: Confident 58% 61% 54% 56% 58% 58% 59% 66% 57% 44%
TOTAL: Not confident 33% 32% 35% 36% 35% 30% 35% 26% 31% 49%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • However, when it comes to confidence in the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout at stopping the spread within the country, Australians are more cautious. While over half (58%) are confident in this, over a third (33%) are not confident.
  • Coalition voters are the most optimistic with 66% confident in the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout, followed by 59% Labor voters, 57% Greens voters and 44% minor and independent party voters.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 19, 2021

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 51% 34% 30% 42% 54% 48% 49% 34% 33%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 38% 55% 57% 46% 39% 44% 44% 57% 42%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 11% 11% 14% 13% 7% 8% 7% 9% 25%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than mid last year. 42% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% last August. 47% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35% in August) and 11% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (54%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (25%).

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