Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

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

  15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has bounced back up to 70%, the highest rating seen in the last six months.
  • This result is driven by the increase within Victoria (65% rating quite or very good, up from 51% earlier in the month).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

  01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has fallen to 62% since last month, the lowest rating we’ve seen since November last year.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Feb 16, 2021

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

  15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07
Very poor 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6%
Quite poor 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10%
Neither good nor poor 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20%
Quite good 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64%
Base (n) 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 69% since last month, the highest rating in the last six months.

Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 62% 63% 59% 57% 67%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 38% 37% 41% 43% 33%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (62% to 38%).
  • The view that this should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is consistent across all voting intentions.

Trust in Federal Government

Nov 17, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Federal Government?

[% of participants who answered the question]

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 34% 23% 43% 22% 12%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 16% 29% 55% 13% 3%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 9% 53% 38% 7% 2%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: Agree Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 62% 70% 61% 71% 65% 60% 77% 56% 49%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 83% 85% 77% 87% 86% 80% 89% 79% 76%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 90% 93% 86% 92% 94% 92% 90% 91% 88%
  • Almost unanimously, Australians agree that the government should do more to solve the problems facing our country (91%) however there is high levels of agreement that as Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want (84%).
  • Women are more likely than men to trust the Government to do what is right, regardless of who is in power (70% to 62%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Nov 3, 2020

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

  02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06
Very poor 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5%
Quite poor 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39%
Very good 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12%
TOTAL: Good 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68%
Base (n) 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 stays steady at 61% rating it very or quite good (60% last month).

Federal Government led by Labor or Coalition better at…

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Do you think a Federal Government led by Labor or the Coalition would be better at…?

  Coalition Labor Neither
Reducing national debt 42% 28% 30%
Managing the economy 44% 31% 25%
Creating jobs 39% 38% 23%
Helping those who’ve lost work because of Covid-19 get back into the workforce 38% 40% 22%
Supporting those in financial need 35% 42% 23%
Improving the financial situation of women 31% 38% 31%
  • A Coalition government is thought to be better than Labor at governance issues such as reducing national debt (42% to 28%) and managing the economy (44% to 31%).
  • Elements where Labor is seen to do a better job than the Coalition is in supporting those in financial need (42% to 35%) and improving the financial situation for women (38% to 31%).
  • Both parties are seen to be equally competent to create jobs (39% Coalition, 38% Labor) and helping those who have lost work due to Covid-19 (38% Coalition, 40% Labor).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Sep 22, 2020

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

  21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05
Very poor 5% 8% 6% 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4%
Quite poor 13% 12% 11% 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 22% 22% 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43%
Very good 21% 18% 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 19% 17% 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11%
TOTAL: Good 61% 59% 61% 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73%
Base (n) 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087
  • Rating of the Federal Government’s handling of Covid-19 stays steady at 61% rating it very or quite good (59% earlier in the month).
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