Essential Report

Time to return to normal

Jun 8, 2021

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

Within one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 18% 44% 30% 8%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 12% 34% 43% 11%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 18% 31% 31% 20%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 34% 44% 10%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 22% 35% 32% 11%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 14% 50% 29%
  • Most people think the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia in one to two years (44%). About a third (30%) think this will take more than two years. Only 18% expect the vaccine rollout to be completed within one year.

Federal budget and post Covid-19 economic recovery

May 25, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent federal budget and the direction for the country to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

TOTAL:

Agree

This budget

May’21

Last budget

Oct’20

The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy 75% 75%
The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not 73% 70%
The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control 42% 49%

 

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy 75% 6% 43% 32% 15% 4% 2% 4%
The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not 73% 5% 37% 36% 18% 2% 2% 4%
The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control 42% 26% 12% 30% 27% 19% 7% 5%
  • There is now less agreement that the global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control compared to last October (42% from 49%).
  • However, there is still high agreement that ‘the decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy’, and ‘the government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not’ (75% and 73% respectively).

Attitudes towards 2021 in comparison to 2020

Feb 2, 2021

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2021 will be a better or worse year than 2020 for each of the following?

  TOTAL:

Better than 2020

TOTAL:

Worse than 2020

No different to 2020
You personally 47% 13% 39%
Your job 34% 12% 54%
The economy 55% 22% 23%
The nation 56% 18% 25%
The planet 37% 30% 33%
  • Australians are generally optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020. People are expecting that 2021 will be a better year than 2020 for the nation (56%) and the economy (55%). Just under half (47%) think 2021 will be better for themselves personally.
  • Australians are less optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020 for the planet (37%).

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