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Federal government response to Covid-19

Sep 14, 2021

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

  13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02
Very poor 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4%
Quite poor 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11%
Neither good nor poor 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19%
Quite good 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42%
Very good 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25%
TOTAL: Poor 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14%
TOTAL: Good 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092

 

TOTAL: Good 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 43% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (39% two weeks ago), with 35% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased in NSW from 34% a fortnight ago to 41%, in VIC from 35% to 39%, and in SA from 48% to 54%.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 31, 2021

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

  30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11
Very poor 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6%
Quite poor 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8%
Neither good nor poor 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19%
Quite good 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41%
Very good 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13%
TOTAL: Good 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034

 

TOTAL: Good 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 39% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (41% earlier in the month), with 36% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 is unchanged from earlier this month among those in NSW (34%, still the lowest recorded rating in NSW).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

  16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
Very poor 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5%
Quite poor 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9%
Neither good nor poor 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18%
Quite good 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41%
Very good 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15%
TOTAL: Good 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010

 

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 41% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (38% earlier in the month), with 35% rating it as quite poor or very poor (35% earlier in the month).
  • Just 9% of people say the response of the federal government has been very good- the lowest recorded since the start of the pandemic.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped further in NSW and SA compared to earlier this month (down 5% to 34%, and 3% to 45% respectively). This is the lowest recorded rating for both states.

Positive rating has improved in WA (up 16% to 53%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jul 20, 2021

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

  19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10
Very poor 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5%
Quite poor 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12%
Neither good nor poor 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22%
Quite good 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39%
Very good 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21%
TOTAL: Poor 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18%
TOTAL: Good 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60%
Base (n) 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066

 

TOTAL: Good 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 46% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good, with 31% rating it as poor.
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off, falling to 44% earlier this month, the lowest rating recorded to date for this question which was first asked in March 2020.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has improved in WA (up 9 percentage points to 51%), NSW (up 5 percentage points to 49%) and SA (up 3 percentage points to 48%).
  • In Victoria, positive rating is now at 39%, down from 65% in March. This positive rating also continues to drop in QLD, now 46% (from 69% in March).

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

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

  05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09
Very poor 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Quite poor 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13%
Neither good nor poor 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21%
Quite good 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40%
Very good 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21%
TOTAL: Poor 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18%
TOTAL: Good 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081

 

TOTAL: Good 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off, falling sharply to 44% this month (from 53% last month). This is the lowest rating recorded to date for this question which was first asked in March 2020.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased in all states since last month, however it has fallen the most steeply in NSW where it is now 44% (down 18 percentage points from 62% in June).
  • In SA, WA and QLD, this rating has also decreased to 48%, 42% and 48% respectively (from 58%, 49% and 54% in June).
  • After a sharp fall last month, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 remains the lowest of all states in VIC at 40%.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

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

  07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
Very poor 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8%
Quite poor 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12%
Neither good nor poor 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22%
Quite good 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40%
Very good 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18%
TOTAL: Poor 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19%
TOTAL: Good 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59%
Base (n) 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076

 

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 53% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year when this question was first asked.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased in all states since last month, however it has fallen the most steeply in Victoria where it is now 42% (down 15 percentage points from 57% in May); disapproval of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 36% (from 22% last month) among Victorians.

Federal government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

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

  24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
Very poor 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6%
Quite poor 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11%
Neither good nor poor 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22%
Quite good 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17%
TOTAL: Good 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61%
Base (n) 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 58% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Apr 13, 2021

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

  12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08
Very poor 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7%
Quite poor 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8%
Neither good nor poor 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21%
Quite good 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16%
TOTAL: Good 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped back down to 62% (from 70% mid-March). This is consistent with levels at the start of March.
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