Essential Report

Federal government response to Covid-19

Oct 26, 2021

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

  25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03
Very poor 12% 12% 12% 16% 16% 13% 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5%
Quite poor 19% 18% 18% 20% 20% 22% 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7%
Neither good nor poor 24% 25% 25% 21% 24% 24% 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18%
Quite good 32% 32% 34% 28% 29% 32% 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39%
Very good 14% 13% 11% 15% 10% 9% 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31%
TOTAL: Poor 31% 30% 30% 35% 36% 35% 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12%
TOTAL: Good 46% 45% 45% 43% 39% 41% 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70%
Base (n) 1,781 1,097 1,094 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124

 

TOTAL: Good 25/10 11/10 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03
NSW 50% 48% 48% 41% 34% 34% 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69%
VIC 34% 37% 39% 39% 35% 37% 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65%
QLD 46% 50% 44% 43% 45% 44% 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69%
SA 52% 46% 42% 54% 48% 45% 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78%
WA 46% 49% 48% 51% 51% 53% 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75%
  • 46% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good (similar to earlier this month), with 31% rating it as quite poor or very poor.
  • The only state to record an improvement in positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 is South Australia (52% from 46% earlier in October).

State Government response to Covid-19

Jun 16, 2020

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
Very poor 4% 4% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5%
Quite poor 8% 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 17% 20% 17% 17% 16% 18% 17% 20%
Quite good 38% 39% 38% 38% 39% 39% 38% 41% 39%
Very good 33% 32% 30% 35% 33% 34% 31% 30% 26%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 11% 12% 11% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14%
TOTAL: Good 71% 71% 68% 73% 72% 73% 70% 70% 66%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,059 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 4% 4% 6% 6% 1% 3%
Quite poor 8% 9% 5% 12% 6% 4%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 22% 13% 15% 17% 17%
Quite good 38% 41% 39% 39% 40% 28%
Very good 33% 24% 36% 28% 36% 49%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 13% 11% 18% 7% 6%
TOTAL: Good 71% 65% 75% 67% 76% 77%
Base (n) 1,087 352 275 217 83 107

State Government response to Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  20/04 13/04
Very poor 5% 5%
Quite poor 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 38%
Very good 26% 23%
NET: Poor 14% 17%
NET: Good 66% 63%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Very poor 5% 5% 6% 3% 3% 4%  
Quite poor 9% 12% 5% 11% 8% 7%  
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 23% 23% 12%  
Quite good 39% 37% 38% 47% 43% 34%  
Very good 26% 24% 32% 16% 23% 43%  
NET: Poor 14% 17% 11% 14% 11% 11%  
NET: Good 66% 61% 69% 63% 66% 77%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Nationally, the perception of state governments’ handling of the crisis in in line with government, with 66% rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (compared to 65%).
  • In the past week the rating in Queensland has increased from 52% to 63%, while Victoria has fallen from 76% to 69%. Western Australia and Victoria remain the states with the highest rating.

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