Essential Report

Confidence in federal government’s long-term plans

May 25, 2021

Q. Please indicate which is closest to your view about the federal government’s plan for each of the following issues:

  I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, and it’s clear to me what this plan is I’m confident the federal government has a long-term plan, but it hasn’t been communicated well I’m not confident the federal government has a long-term plan
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout 25% 42% 32%
Establish quarantine facilities 21% 38% 41%
Reduce the national deficit 16% 43% 41%
Reduce Australia’s carbon emissions 18% 35% 47%
Reform and fund the aged care system 22% 39% 39%
Reopen international borders 21% 40% 39%
  • There is uncertainty about the federal government’s long-term plans, or a perception that these plans have not been communicated clearly to the public.
  • 41% aren’t confident there’s a long-term plan for reducing the national deficit; 43% are confident a plan exists but don’t think it’s been communicated well.
  • 41% are also not confident the federal government has a long-term plan to establish quarantine facilities, with 38% confident there is a plan, but it hasn’t been communicated well.
  • Over a third (32%) are not confident the federal government has a long-term plan for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. 42% are confident they have a long-term plan, but think it hasn’t been communicated well. Only a quarter (25%) are confident there is a long-term plan and are clear on what it is.
  • Nearly half (47%) are not confident the federal government has a long-term plan for reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. Over a third (35%) think there is a plan but it hasn’t been communicated well. Only 18% are confident and clear on this plan.

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