Essential Report

Information about Covid-19

Aug 11, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 10/08 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 66% 71% 70% 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 62% 65% 63% 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 55% 58% 52% 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 41% 42% 51% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,010 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 69% 10% 29% 40% 21% 6% 4%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 66% 14% 28% 38% 20% 8% 8%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 62% 16% 22% 40% 22% 11% 5%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 50% 23% 15% 35% 27% 14% 8%

 

  • Agreement with these statements has increased since April, with the greatest increase in trust in the media (was 41% now 50%).
  • Broadly, participants over 55 are more likely to agree with these statements than those aged 18-34 years old.
  • Men are more likely than women to disagree that they trust the Government to provide honest and objective information (18% compared to 10% disagree).

Information about Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 20/04 13/04 06/04 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 66% 71% 70% 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 62% 65% 63% 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 55% 58% 52% 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 41% 42% 51% 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068 1,069 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 66% 15% 23% 43% 19% 11% 4%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 62% 19% 23% 39% 19% 12% 7%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 55% 26% 18% 37% 19% 18% 8%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 41% 32% 8% 33% 26% 20% 12%

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