Coronavirus concerns and government actions

Feb 11, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  Total
Very concerned 25%
Quite concerned 43%
Not that concerned 26%
Not at all concerned 6%
Base (n) 1,056

 

Q. Do you think the Government is doing enough to protect Australians from the threat of Coronavirus?

    Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Government is doing enough 49% 43% 45% 57% 43% 68% 34% 37%
Government is not doing enough 30% 38% 35% 19% 38% 16% 38% 40%
Don’t know 21% 19% 20% 24% 19% 15% 28% 23%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155
  • 25% are very concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus to Australia and 43% are quite concerned. 26% are not at all concerned and 6% say they are not at all concerned.
  • 49% of participants believe the government is doing enough to protect Australians from Coronavirus; those over 55 years old (57%) and Coalition voters (68%) are most likely to say that the Government is doing enough.
  • Those aged 18-54 year old (37%), with dependent children (35%), Greens voters (38%) and other/independent party voters (40%) are more likely to believe that the government isn’t doing enough.

Attitudes towards Coronavirus management

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus to Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 10% 59% 25% 8% 2% 5%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 11% 59% 25% 8% 3% 5%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 12% 59% 23% 8% 4% 6%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 77% 83% 92% 84% 91% 72% 82%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 76% 84% 90% 84% 90% 71% 86%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 73% 82% 90% 79% 92% 67% 83%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155

 

  • More than four-fifths of participants agree with each of the three measures to limit to the spread of the Coronavirus; stopping all flights to and from China has 85% agreement, stopping anyone entering the country who has been to China in the last 14 days has 84% agreement, and 82% agree that people entering Australia from affected areas in China should be quarantined.
  • Participants over 55 years old and Coalition voters are more likely to agree with these measures, than participants 18-34 and Greens voters.

Most important factor in government regulation

Feb 5, 2013

Q. What should be the most important factor Governments consider in relation to regulating each of these issues – protecting rights and freedom, protecting people’s health and safety or managing the cost to taxpayers (e.g. health costs of drug/alcohol/tobacco use)?

 

Protecting rights and freedom 

Protecting people’s health and safety

Managing the cost to taxpayers

Don’t know

Wearing seatbelts in cars

5%

89%

3%

3%

Wearing bike helmets

6%

88%

3%

3%

Personal use of recreational drugs

14%

64%

13%

10%

Smoking in public places

16%

70%

8%

6%

Buying and consuming alcohol

18%

64%

11%

7%

Shopping hours

48%

13%

16%

23%

Cigarette packaging

15%

65%

10%

10%

Junk food advertising

13%

70%

8%

9%

Gambling, poker machines

22%

46%

20%

12%

Films (i.e. censorship)

51%

21%

8%

19%

The internet

56%

21%

7%

16%

Making public statements which other people might find offensive

54%

18%

5%

23%

For most of the areas listed above, the majority of respondents thought the most important factor for Governments to consider was ‘protecting people’s health and safety’.

The areas where respondents thought that is was more important to consider ‘protecting rights and freedoms’ were the internet (56%), making statements which other people might find offensive (54%), films (51%) and shopping hours (48%). ‘Managing the cost to tax payers’ was not considered to be an important factor by most respondents.

Most Important Factor in Government Regulation

Apr 30, 2012

Q. What should be the most important factor Governments consider in relation to regulating each of these issues – protecting rights and freedom, protecting people’s health and safety or managing the cost to taxpayers (e.g. health costs of drug/alcohol/tobacco use)?

 

Protecting rights and freedom 

Protecting people’s health and safety

Managing the cost to taxpayers

Don’t know

Wearing seatbelts in cars

5%

91%

3%

2%

Wearing bike helmets

6%

89%

3%

2%

Personal use of recreational drugs

18%

61%

12%

9%

Smoking in public places

19%

67%

9%

5%

Buying and consuming alcohol

25%

58%

11%

6%

Shopping hours

55%

11%

16%

19%

Cigarette packaging

16%

61%

14%

8%

Junk food advertising

16%

66%

11%

8%

Films (i.e. censorship)

59%

19%

7%

15%

The internet

62%

18%

6%

15%

 

For most of the areas listed above, the majority of respondents thought the most important factor for Governments to consider was ‘protecting people’s health and safety’.

 

The three areas where respondents thought that is was more important to consider ‘protecting rights and freedoms’ were ‘the internet’ (62%), ‘films’ (59%) and ‘shopping hours’ (55%).

 

‘Managing the cost to tax payers’ was not considered to be an important factor by most respondents.

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Workplace Issues

Nov 21, 2011

Q. How much say should employees have in the following issues in their workplace?

Total a lot/

some say

A lot of say Some say A little say No say at all Don’t know
Health and safety 90% 63% 27% 7% 2% 1%
Working conditions 88% 55% 33% 8% 2% 1%
When they can take annual leave 86% 42% 44% 11% 2% 2%
Hours of work and rostering 77% 26% 51% 19% 3% 2%
Wages 76% 24% 52% 18% 4% 2%
Offshoring jobs (i.e. transferring jobs to another country) 66% 37% 29% 18% 12% 4%
Redundancies 65% 24% 41% 21% 11% 3%
CEO salary and bonuses 59% 29% 30% 18% 20% 3%
Board decisions 44% 16% 28% 29% 22% 4%

A majority of respondents think employees should have a lot or some say in all workplace issues listed except for board decisions.

63% think employees should have a lot of say in health and safety, 55% in working conditions, 42% in annual leave and 37% in offshoring jobs.

Those on lower incomes (under $1,000pw) were more likely to think employees should have a lot of say in off-shoring jobs (45%) and CEO salary and bonuses (35%).

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