Economic expectations

Apr 21, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your expectations of what will happen to the economy following the Covid-19 situation?

  20/04 13/04 06/04
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 11% 12% 11%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 47% 49% 51%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 30% 27% 29%
Unsure 11% 11% 9%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068 1,069

 

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The economy will rebound within 2-3 months and grow just as strong or stronger than before Covid-19 11% 14% 9% 17% 9% 9%
The economy will be impacted for 6-12 months or longer and will stagnate or show slow growth thereafter 47% 45% 48% 48% 45% 47%
Covid-19 will have long lasting impact on the economy and the country will fall into a lengthy recession 30% 30% 31% 22% 34% 35%
Unsure 11% 12% 11% 13% 12% 10%
Base (n) 1,051 525 526 341 325 385
  • Economic expectations are similar to last week, with just under half of people (47%) thinking Covid-19 will impact the economy for up to a year, with slow growth following.

Government response to Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

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

  20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
NET: Poor 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
NET: Good 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 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 5% 7% 2% 6% 5% 3% 5% 5%
Quite poor 10% 11% 9% 17% 8% 6% 11% 8%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 19% 22% 25% 24% 13% 20% 22%
Quite good 42% 40% 43% 38% 43% 43% 42% 40%
Very good 23% 23% 23% 13% 20% 35% 22% 25%
NET: Poor 15% 18% 12% 23% 13% 9% 16% 13%
NET: Good 65% 63% 67% 51% 63% 78% 65% 65%
Base (n) 1,051 525 526 341 325 385 722 329
  • The perception that the Government remains high, with 65% now thinking the Government has done a good job (Very/somewhat) in handling the crisis.

State Government response to Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

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

  20/04 13/04
Very poor 5% 5%
Quite poor 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 38%
Very good 26% 23%
NET: Poor 14% 17%
NET: Good 66% 63%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Very poor 5% 5% 6% 3% 3% 4%  
Quite poor 9% 12% 5% 11% 8% 7%  
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 23% 23% 12%  
Quite good 39% 37% 38% 47% 43% 34%  
Very good 26% 24% 32% 16% 23% 43%  
NET: Poor 14% 17% 11% 14% 11% 11%  
NET: Good 66% 61% 69% 63% 66% 77%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Nationally, the perception of state governments’ handling of the crisis in in line with government, with 66% rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (compared to 65%).
  • In the past week the rating in Queensland has increased from 52% to 63%, while Victoria has fallen from 76% to 69%. Western Australia and Victoria remain the states with the highest rating.

Easing Restrictions

Apr 21, 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?

    Age Group Employment Status
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
As soon as possible 9% 17% 7% 4% 11% 10% 3%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 9% 3% 5% 7% 5% 4%
Within the next month 14% 15% 13% 13% 14% 15% 10%
By the end of next month 13% 13% 12% 15% 13% 13% 16%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 37% 51% 56% 48% 40% 63%
Unsure 10% 8% 14% 6% 8% 16% 4%
Base (n) 1,051 341 325 385 533 268 202

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
As soon as possible 9% 11% 8% 9% 8% 7%  
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 5% 7% 6% 5% 5%  
Within the next month 14% 15% 14% 13% 12% 12%  
By the end of next month 13% 14% 13% 15% 14% 14%  
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 44% 53% 46% 48% 54%  
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 12% 14% 9%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Half of people think it is too soon to consider lifting restrictions. 29% think restrictions should be lifted within the next month (9% as soon as possible, 6% within the next fortnight and 14% within the next month).
  • Those most likely to want an immediate easing of restrictions are aged 18-34 (17%), those in paid employment (11%) and people with a high household income (Over $104k p/a, 14%).
  • People who are retired (63%) and residents of Victoria (53%) and WA (54%) are most likely to think it too soon to lift restrictions.

Government Covid-19 tracking app

Apr 21, 2020

Q. The Federal Government is developing an app to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The TraceTogether app will track a person’s movements by GPS and record if that person comes into contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.

People have to voluntarily opt-in to download the app onto their mobile phones before their movements can be tracked. Once logged in, the app would track you wherever you went.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about this proposed technology?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I would be uncomfortable if the government was able to track all my movements via an app on my mobile phone 57% 23% 28% 29% 21% 13% 10%
This app would help limit the spread of Covid-19 52% 17% 17% 34% 32% 10% 7%
This app would speed up the removal of physical distancing restrictions 42% 18% 13% 29% 39% 11% 7%
I would download this app onto my mobile phone 38% 33% 15% 23% 28% 14% 19%
I would be concerned with the security of my personal data if this app was on my phone 63% 17% 32% 31% 20% 11% 6%
I’m confident the government will not misuse any data it collects about me via the app 35% 36% 12% 23% 29% 19% 17%
  •  38% of people agree (strongly/somewhat) that they would download the proposed app to track the spread of Covid-19, 33% of the population disagree.
  • Younger people aged 18-34 are more likely to agree they would download the app (44%) than those aged over 35 (35%). 18-34 year olds are also more likely to agree that the app would help stop the spread of the disease (47%) than those aged over 35 (40%).
  • There are security and privacy concerns about the app, with 63% concerned about the security of their personal data. 57% are uncomfortable with the government tracking movements and just 35% confident the government can be trusted not to misuse collected data.

Coronavirus concerns

Apr 14, 2020

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

  13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03 10/02
Very concerned 45% 51% 53% 39% 27% 25%
Quite concerned 43% 37% 35% 43% 36% 43%
Not that concerned 9% 10% 10% 14% 28% 26%
Not at all concerned 3% 2% 3% 4% 9% 6%
Base (n) 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 45% 45% 47% 45% 47% 42%
Quite concerned 43% 43% 40% 44% 43% 43%
Not that concerned 9% 9% 10% 8% 8% 12%
Not at all concerned 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% 4%
Base (n) 1,068 343 340 385 722 346
  • Concern about the threat of Covid-19 has lessened this week, with 45% saying they are very concerned (down from 51% last week). The proportion of people who say they are Quite concerned has increased by the equivalent amount from 37% to 43%).
  • The proportion of over 55s saying they are very concerned has decreased from 54% to 45, while concern in both capital and regional areas has eased (those very concerned in capital cities has fallen from 53% to 47%, while in regional areas it has moved from 48% to 42%).

Specific Covid-19 concerns

Apr 14, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about these possible impacts of the Covid-19?

  Very concerned Quite concerned Not that concerned Not at all concerned Unsure
The Australian economy as a whole 45% 40% 10% 3% 2%
General unemployment if companies are forced out of business 39% 40% 12% 5% 4%
The physical health of close family members 32% 41% 19% 6% 3%
My economic situation if I lose my job or have less work 32% 26% 16% 19% 7%
The impact on my superannuation, savings or investments 31% 32% 18% 12% 7%
My physical health and catching the virus 27% 35% 26% 8% 3%
My close family members’ mental health 24% 38% 24% 11% 3%
My ability to buy food and essential items if stores run out 23% 35% 26% 12% 3%
Children’s development by missing out on school 21% 31% 23% 17% 8%
My mental health as a result of social distancing 18% 29% 28% 22% 3%
  • Economic issues are seen as most concerning when thinking about the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. 45% say they are worried about the economy as a whole and 39% are very concerned about general unemployment.
  • The top concern for 18-34 year olds was their financial position if they lose a job or work (40% said this was very concerning). The economy (37%) and general unemployment (36%) were also main concerns for this age group. Those aged 18-34 were more likely than other age groups to be concerned about the impact on their mental health (25% to 15%), and that of their families (30% to 21%).
  • Concern for children is highest among those in households with dependent children (30% are very concerned).

Likelihood of developing Coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020

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

  13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03 09/03
Very likely 5% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Somewhat likely 28% 33% 36% 34% 24%
Somewhat unlikely 49% 45% 45% 45% 43%
Very unlikely 18% 14% 12% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034 1,096

 

    Age group Location
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Very likely 5% 8% 8% 1% 6% 3%
Somewhat likely 28% 32% 26% 25% 28% 27%
Somewhat unlikely 49% 39% 49% 58% 48% 52%
Very unlikely 18% 20% 17% 16% 17% 18%
Base (n) 1,068 343 340 385 722 346
  • Catching Covid-19 is seen as less likely this week, with fewer people saying they are very or somewhat likely to contract the virus (33%, down from 42% last week). The biggest decreases in likelihood were in Queensland (from 44% to 28%) and WA (from 38% to 26%).
  • The perceived threat of catching Covid-19 among Greens voters dropped from 56% who thought they were very/somewhat likely to catch Covid-19 (the highest of voter IDs last week) to 35% – which is now in line with voters of other parties.

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