Government response to Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

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

  10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05
Very poor 7% 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4%
Quite poor 8% 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 21% 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20%
Quite good 40% 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38%
Very good 24% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 63% 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66%
Base (n) 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093

 

Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis remains stable with 63% rating their response as very or quite good.

Government response to Covid-19

Jul 28, 2020

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

  27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04
Very poor 6% 6% 4% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Quite poor 11% 10% 8% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 9% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 20% 17% 16% 18% 20% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17%
Quite good 40% 40% 43% 42% 40% 39% 43% 41% 39% 38% 44%
Very good 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28% 30% 32% 32% 28% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 16% 16% 12% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 13% 14% 13%
TOTAL: Good 64% 64% 71% 72% 70% 68% 73% 73% 71% 66% 70%
Base (n) 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054

 

  • Participants’ rating of the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis is stable from last fortnight, with 64% rating the response as good (either very or quite good).

Government response to Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 7% 9% 9% 9% 10% 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 16% 20% 17% 21% 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 41% 39% 38% 44% 42% 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 32% 32% 28% 26% 23% 23% 21% 11% 12%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 14% 13% 15% 17% 21% 31% 29%
TOTAL: Good 73% 71% 66% 70% 65% 63% 58% 45% 45%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 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 3% 5% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 3%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 10% 9% 3% 7% 7%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 18% 15% 25% 16% 10% 15% 20%
Quite good 41% 38% 43% 47% 38% 38% 43% 35%
Very good 32% 31% 33% 14% 32% 47% 31% 35%
TOTAL: Poor 11% 13% 8% 14% 13% 5% 11% 11%
TOTAL: Good 73% 69% 76% 61% 70% 85% 74% 70%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385 730 343

Government response to Covid-19

Apr 14, 2020

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

  13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
Very poor 6% 6% 11% 9%
Quite poor 12% 15% 21% 20%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 24% 26%
Quite good 40% 37% 34% 33%
Very good 23% 21% 11% 12%
NET: Poor 17% 21% 45% 29%
NET: Good 63% 58% 31% 45%
Base (n) 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 6% 7% 4% 8% 7% 3% 5% 6%
Quite poor 12% 13% 11% 22% 7% 7% 12% 10%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 19% 21% 28% 23% 11% 20% 21%
Quite good 40% 39% 40% 35% 42% 42% 41% 38%
Very good 23% 22% 24% 8% 22% 37% 22% 25%
NET: Poor 17% 19% 15% 30% 14% 10% 18% 16%
NET: Good 63% 61% 64% 43% 64% 79% 63% 63%
Base (n) 1,068 537 531 343 340 385 722 346
  • The perception that the Government improved for the second week in a row. 63% now think the Government has done a good job (Very/somewhat) in handling the crisis.
  • The ratings have increased most among people aged 35-54 (55% to 64%), and 55+ (68% to 79%).
  • Increases in the government’s rating were also seen among WA residents (increased from 60% to 74%), Labor voters (from 49% to 58%) and those in capital cities (increased from 55% to 63%).

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