Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Oct 26, 2021

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

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 57% 55% 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75%
VIC 43% 46% 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62%
QLD 59% 68% 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75%
SA 66% 67% 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85%
WA 78% 80% 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 in NSW continues to increase (now 57%, up from 40% in August).
  • Compared to earlier this month, positive rating has remained at a similar level in SA and WA, and decreased in VIC and most notably in QLD (now 59%, from 68%). This is the lowest rating in Queensland this year.

State government response to Covid-19

Sep 28, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02
NSW 53% 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72%
VIC 44% 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59%
QLD 62% 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76%
SA 55% 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79%
WA 82% 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has increased in NSW from 46% to 53%.
  • Rating in Victoria returns to 44% (equal to last month), after being at 50% earlier in September.
  • Positive rating of State government has also fallen in SA, from 67% to 55%.

State government response to Covid-19

Sep 14, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02
NSW 46% 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71%
VIC 50% 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61%
QLD 65% 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78%
SA 67% 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80%
WA 87% 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80%
  • Positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has increased in both NSW and VIC by 6 percentage points respectively (now 46% and 50% respectively).
  • After weeks of falling ratings, this is the first improvement seen in both states since the first half of August. However, we are yet to see these ratings recover to their high levels in the first quarter of the year.
  • While still a relatively high rating, positive rating of the SA government’s response to Covid-19 has dropped by 9 percentage points to 67% in the last fortnight.
  • Contrastingly, positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased 9 percentage points to 87%. Both SA and WA ratings reflect those seen a month ago.
  • Positive rating of the QLD government is at 65%, consistent with last month (66%).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 31, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11
NSW 40% 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76%
VIC 44% 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60%
QLD 67% 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72%
SA 76% 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70%
WA 78% 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 40% from 47% earlier this month.
  • Positive rating of the state government in Victoria has dropped by 12 percentage points to 44%, from 56% mid-August.
  • Although it remains the highest of all states, positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased 9 percentage points to 78% from 87% mid-August.
  • Positive rating of the SA government has increased by 8% in the past two weeks to 76%, the best rating since March.

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11
NSW 42% 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75%
VIC 56% 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59%
QLD 66% 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71%
SA 68% 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76%
WA 87% 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 42% from 47% earlier this month.
  • Positive rating of the state government in Victoria is at a consistent level with earlier this month (now at 56%, 54% earlier this month), and has improved compared to this time last month (49%).
  • Positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 82%, an improvement from a month ago (77%).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 3, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11
NSW 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68%
VIC 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55%
QLD 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69%
SA 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77%
WA 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 47% from 57% a month ago.
  • Coinciding with the eased restrictions in VIC, rating of the state government has improved (now at 54%, 50% last month).
  • Positive rating of the SA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 73%, an improvement from last month (67%).
  • Positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 82%, an improvement from mid-July (77%).
  • In QLD, positive rating of the state government’s handling of Covid-19 is at 60%, consistent with a month ago (61%).

State government response to Covid-19

Jul 20, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10
NSW 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65%
VIC 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45%
QLD 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69%
SA 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81%
WA 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83%
  • Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 54% from 57% earlier this month and 69% in June.
  • With the current outbreak and lockdown in VIC, rating of the state government remains the lowest of all states at 49%, a similar level to earlier this month and last month (50% and 48% respectively).
  • While still the highest rating among all states, rating of the WA government has dropped to 77% from 86% earlier this month. This is similar to the level in June (75%).
  • Rating of the QLD and SA governments’ handling of Covid-19 remains high at 62% and 68% respectively (65% and 67% last month).

State government response to Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09
NSW 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67%
VIC 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47%
QLD 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68%
SA 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81%
WA 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84%
  • With the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has fallen steeply (down 12 percentage points from 69% in June).
  • While restrictions continue to ease in Victoria, rating of the state government has improved only marginally compared to last month (now 50% from 48% in June).
  • With Queensland affected by Covid-19 cases and a lockdown, rating of the state government remains moderately high but has decreased to 61% (from 65% last month).
  • Despite WA also having been affected by Covid-19 cases and a lockdown, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 has improved significantly – up 11 percentage points to 86% (from 75% last month). This is consistent with the level in April.
  • Rating of the SA government’s handling of Covid-19 remains high and stable at 67%.
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