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Scott Morrison’s treatment of NSW vs other states during Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated your state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO ALL RESPONDENTS EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN NSW]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 37% 41% 33% 38% 39% 34% 51% 26% 43% 35%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 9% 7% 11% 11% 4% 7% 9% 16% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 29% 29% 29% 21% 27% 37% 19% 47% 19% 31%
Unsure 26% 21% 31% 30% 23% 25% 23% 19% 21% 24%
Base (n) 743 366 377 247 250 246 297 236 61 83

 

  State
  VIC QLD SA WA
Scott Morrison has treated my state less favourably than NSW 40% 35% 22% 50%
Scott Morrison has treated my state more favourably than NSW 8% 7% 11% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated my state the same as NSW 26% 32% 39% 18%
Unsure 25% 26% 28% 22%
Base (n) 275 220 87 106
  • Thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, which of the following is closer to your view? [ASKED TO RESPONDENTS IN NSW ONLY]
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has treated NSW less favourably than other states 14% 16% 11% 19% 14% 9% 18% 9% 20% 9%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW more favourably than other states 23% 28% 19% 27% 30% 15% 29% 23% 30% 13%
Scott Morrison has treated NSW the same as other states 46% 41% 50% 35% 39% 59% 33% 57% 40% 53%
Unsure 18% 15% 20% 19% 17% 17% 20% 11% 10% 24%
Base (n) 553 268 285 147 203 203 182 226 41 44
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated their state compared to how he has treated NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic, over a third (37%) of respondents in states besides NSW say Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably. 29% think Scott Morrison has treated their state the same as NSW and 26% are unsure. Only 8% think the PM has treated their state more favourably than NSW.
  • Victorians and Western Australians are more likely than those in other states to think the PM has treated their state less favourably than NSW (40% and 50% respectively).
  • When thinking about how Scott Morrison has treated NSW compared to how he has treated other states during the Covid-19 pandemic, just under half (46%) of those in NSW think the PM has treated their state equally, while 23% think he has treated NSW more favourably. 14% think the PM has treated NSW less favourably than other states, and 18% are unsure.
  • In other states besides NSW, compared to other voters, Labor voters are most likely to think Scott Morrison has treated their state less favourably (51%), whereas Coalition voters are most likely to think their state has been treated equally (47%).
  • In NSW, compared to other voters, Coalition voters are the most likely to think the PM has treated NSW equally (57%), while Labor voters are the least likely to think this (33%).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
TOTAL: Approve 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63%
TOTAL: Disapprove 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27%
Don’t know 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is at 57% (58% in May).
  • Disapproval has increased from 32% last month to 36% this month, on par with level in April (37%).

Preferred Prime Minister

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20
Scott Morrison 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27%
Don’t know 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054
  • Just under half (48%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (50% last month).
  • 28% think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (24% in May). 24% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Change in views towards federal government

Jun 8, 2021

Q. In the last year have your views towards Scott Morrison’s federal government become more or less favourable?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 40% 40% 39% 44% 40% 36% 54% 24% 51% 49%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 25% 29% 22% 24% 28% 24% 19% 39% 17% 17%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 35% 31% 39% 32% 32% 41% 27% 37% 32% 34%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than I did a year ago 34% 48% 39% 37% 45%
I view Scott Morrison’s federal government more favourably than I did a year ago 27% 25% 24% 34% 19%
My views on Scott Morrison’s federal government have not changed 39% 27% 37% 29% 35%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 40% of Australians say they now view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. A quarter (25%) say they view this more favourably than they did a year ago, and 35% say their views on the federal government have not changed.
  • Compared to other Australians, Victorians are more likely to say they view Scott Morrison’s federal government less favourably than they did a year ago. Just under half (48%) of Victorians say this, followed by 45% of Western Australians, 39% of Queenslanders, 37% of South Australians and 34% of those in NSW.

Performance of Scott Morrison

May 11, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
TOTAL: Approve 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

TOTAL: Approve May’21 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 62% 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 55% 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove                
Men 31% 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 34% 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has risen to 58% (from 54% in April). This is similar to the level at the end of March.
  • Approval of the PM among women has increased from 46% to 55%, while disapproval has fallen from 42% to 34%.

Preferred Prime Minister

May 11, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20
Scott Morrison 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53%
Anthony Albanese 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23%
Don’t know 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24%
Base (n) 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059

 

Men May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 54% 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 26% 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 20% 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women                
Scott Morrison 47% 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 22% 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 31% 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

May’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 50% 32% 83% 29% 34%
Anthony Albanese 24% 41% 7% 46% 22%
Don’t know 26% 26% 9% 25% 44%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111
  • Half (50%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (47% last month).
  • Just under a quarter (24%) would prefer the Opposition Leader (28% in April). Just over a quarter (26%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has increased among women to 47% (from 42% last month). Preference is unchanged among men (54% and 53%).
  • 41% of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable drop from levels last month (50%). Just over a third (32%) now think Morrison would make the better leader (27% last month) and about a quarter (26%) don’t know.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Apr 13, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
TOTAL: Approve 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27%
Don’t know 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9%
Base (n) 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 19% 8% 40% 12% 13%
Approve 34% 28% 49% 24% 22%
Disapprove 21% 29% 6% 26% 32%
Strongly disapprove 16% 28% 2% 28% 24%
Don’t know 9% 7% 3% 10% 9%
TOTAL: Approve 54% 36% 88% 36% 34%
TOTAL: Disapprove 37% 57% 8% 55% 56%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165

 

TOTAL: Approve 12 Apr’21 29 Mar’21 15 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20
Men 61% 65% 65% 65% 62% 68% 65%
Women 46% 49% 59% 65% 59% 56% 67%
TOTAL: Disapprove              
Men 32% 30% 28% 28% 32% 25% 28%
Women 42% 40% 30% 28% 29% 30% 23%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 54% (from 65% in February). This is the lowest rating seen in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval of the PM among women has increased to 42%, from 28% in February.

Preferred Prime Minister

Apr 13, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20
Scott Morrison 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50%
Anthony Albanese 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25%
Don’t know 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25%
Base (n) 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093

 

Men Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20
Scott Morrison 53% 52% 54% 53% 54% 54% 52%
Anthony Albanese 29% 30% 28% 28% 29% 28% 29%
Don’t know 18% 19% 19% 19% 17% 19% 19%
Women              
Scott Morrison 42% 53% 51% 48% 47% 51% 47%
Anthony Albanese 26% 23% 21% 22% 19% 20% 22%
Don’t know 32% 24% 29% 31% 34% 28% 31%

 

Apr’21   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 47% 27% 80% 28% 41%
Anthony Albanese 28% 50% 10% 45% 20%
Don’t know 25% 24% 9% 26% 39%
Base (n) 1,368 483 471 123 165
  • Just under half (47%) of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese, a drop since last month (52%) and the lowest figure seen in the last 12 months.
  • 28% would prefer the Opposition Leader (no change from 26% in March). A quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Preference for Morrison has dropped among women from 53% last month to 42% in April. Preference is unchanged among men (52% and 53%).
  • Half (50%) of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, consistent with levels last month (49%). Just under a third (27%) think Morrison would make the better leader and about a quarter (24%) don’t know.
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