State government response to Covid-19

Sep 22, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05
NSW 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65%
VIC 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73%
QLD 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74%
SA 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84%
WA 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83%
  • Positive rating of the NSW Government has rebounded this week, with 67% rating the performance as very or quite good, up from 7% earlier in August.
  • Positive rating of the Victorian Government remains steady at 47% over the past two weeks.

State and Federal Government Working Together

Sep 8, 2020

Q. How well do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together on issues to address the Covid-19 pandemic?

  Total   State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very well 17% 21% 8% 15% 19% 24%
Quite well 46% 46% 49% 48% 47% 40%
Quite poorly 22% 19% 28% 19% 21% 23%
Very poorly 8% 8% 10% 10% 6% 3%
Unsure 6% 7% 5% 7% 7% 8%
TOTAL: Well 64% 66% 57% 64% 66% 65%
TOTAL: Poorly 30% 27% 38% 29% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • People believe that more could be done between the Federal and State governments to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Less than a fifth of people (17%) think the Federal government and their state government are working together very well. While 46% say they are working together quite well, 30% rate the working relationship as poor.
  • The Federal and Victorian governments are seen to have the worst relationship, with 57% of Victorians saying the Federal government is working well with their state government, but just 8% believe they are working very well together.

Change in Working together

Sep 8, 2020

Q. And, how do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together now compared to earlier in the pandemic?

  Total   State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
A lot better 13% 14% 10% 14% 16% 14%
A little better 27% 32% 28% 25% 26% 16%
No better or worse 30% 30% 26% 31% 33% 33%
A little worse 15% 14% 20% 14% 12% 19%
A lot worse 7% 6% 12% 8% 4% 5%
Unsure 6% 5% 4% 8% 10% 12%
TOTAL: Better 41% 46% 38% 39% 41% 31%
TOTAL: Worse 23% 20% 32% 22% 16% 24%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • Overall, most people believe the working relationship between the Federal and their state government has improved (41%) or stayed the same (30%) during the pandemic. 25% think the relationship between the governments has deteriorated.
  • Victorians are most likely to think the relationship between the Federal and state governments has got worse (32%).

State and Federal governments working together on specific issues

Sep 8, 2020

Q. How well do you think your State or Territory government and the Federal government are working together on the following issues?

  Total   State
TOTAL: Working well together NSW VIC QLD SA WA
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 51% 49% 42% 58% 58% 50%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 68% 64% 66% 65% 77% 75%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 52% 54% 37% 57% 67% 59%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 67% 65% 61% 71% 73% 74%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 68% 67% 65% 67% 81% 68%
Base (n) 1,076 352 275 215 88 99
  • Around two-thirds think their state and Federal governments are working well together to address the issues of inter-state infections (68%), Trade and supply (68%) and education (67%). While half think they are working well together to minimise the spread in aged-care facilities (51%) and promoting inter-state travel (52%).
  • Victorians have the lowest rating of the relationship – particularly for issues of aged care facilities (42% say Federal and state governments are working well together) and interstate travel (37%).
NSW TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 49% 42% 18% 31% 25% 17% 9%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 64% 27% 19% 45% 18% 9% 9%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 54% 33% 18% 36% 21% 12% 13%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 65% 26% 19% 45% 17% 9% 10%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 67% 29% 22% 45% 18% 10% 4%

 

VIC TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 42% 51% 10% 32% 31% 20% 7%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 66% 29% 18% 48% 19% 9% 6%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 37% 42% 11% 26% 27% 15% 21%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 61% 30% 14% 47% 22% 8% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 65% 29% 20% 45% 19% 10% 6%

 

QLD TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 58% 33% 17% 41% 20% 13% 9%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 65% 25% 19% 45% 17% 8% 10%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 57% 28% 18% 39% 21% 8% 15%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 71% 20% 15% 56% 12% 8% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 67% 29% 23% 44% 19% 10% 4%

 

SA TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 58% 32% 17% 41% 14% 18% 10%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 77% 11% 16% 61% 7% 3% 12%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 67% 16% 16% 51% 9% 7% 18%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 73% 16% 21% 52% 10% 6% 11%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 81% 14% 33% 48% 8% 6% 5%

 

WA TOTAL: Well TOTAL: Poorly Very well Quite well Quite poorly Very poorly Unsure
To minimise the spread of Covid-19 within aged care facilities 50% 35% 19% 30% 22% 13% 16%
To maintain interstate trade and ensure shops and supermarkets are fully stocked 75% 17% 24% 51% 13% 4% 8%
The promotion of tourism and travel within states 59% 28% 22% 36% 22% 6% 13%
To manage a safe environment in schools and childcare facilities for children and staff 74% 17% 18% 56% 14% 4% 9%
To control the spread of Covid-19 across state borders 68% 24% 28% 40% 16% 8% 8%

State Government response to Covid-19

Aug 25, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
NSW 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67% 62% 65% 70% 70%
VIC 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71%
QLD 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68% 69% 74% 66% 70%
SA 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79% 70% 84% 80% 78%
WA 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84% 79% 83% 86% 83%

 

  • Positive rating of the NSW Government’s handling of the crisis moved -2%pts this week to 59%, this is down from a peak of 70% in June.
  • Positive rating of the Victorian Government also moved -2%pts this week (to 47%). This is consistent with ratings since the outbreak in Victoria in July.
  • Western Australia (84%) have the highest state government ratings for handling the crisis.
VICTORIA ONLY 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06 25/05 18/05 11/05
Very poor 15% 16% 13% 14% 8% 6% 6% 4% 3% 3% 4%
Quite poor 20% 14% 17% 12% 5% 5% 6% 7% 9% 10% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 17% 21% 17% 25% 22% 13% 16% 17% 16% 15% 15%
Quite good 29% 28% 34% 32% 38% 39% 38% 39% 37% 38% 34%
Very good 18% 21% 19% 17% 26% 36% 34% 33% 36% 33% 37%
TOTAL: Poor 36% 30% 30% 26% 13% 11% 12% 11% 11% 14% 14%
TOTAL: Good 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72% 71% 73% 71% 71%
Base (n) 275 499 239 281 261 275 275 275 275 267 275

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.

State Government response to Covid-19

Apr 14, 2020

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

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very poor 5% 6% 4% 6% 3% 3%
Quite poor 11% 15% 5% 16% 7% 8%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 23% 15% 27% 19% 11%
Quite good 38% 38% 42% 33% 38% 36%
Very good 26% 18% 33% 19% 33% 43%
NET: Poor 16% 21% 10% 21% 10% 11%
NET: Good 64% 56% 76% 52% 72% 79%
Base (n) 1,068 328 272 222 87 110
  • Across the country, the overall perception of states’ handling of the crisis in in line with government 64% rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (compared to 63%).
  • Victoria and Western Australia have the highest rating of their state government, while this is lower for Queensland (52%) and NSW (56%).
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