Essential Report

State government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
NSW 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57%
VIC 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50%
QLD 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66%
SA 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74%
WA 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for NSW where it is consistent with last month’s rating.
  • With the ongoing resurgence of Covid-19 cases and the lockdown in Victoria, positive rating of the Victorian government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak has dropped to 48% (down 15 percentage points from 63% in May) – this is the lowest rating since last October; Disapproval of the Victorian government’s response to Covid-19 has increased to 32% (from 20% last month) among Victorians.
  • Positive ratings of the SA and QLD governments have dipped to 67% and 65% respectively (from 71% and 68% in May).
  • At 75%, positive rating of the WA government remains the highest of all states. Despite this, it has decreased to 75% from a high of 91% in March this year.

State government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 24/03 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
NSW 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59%
VIC 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47%
QLD 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73%
SA 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65%
WA 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for Victoria since last month.
  • The rating of the VIC government has risen to 63% (from 58% last month). This is the highest rating since June last year.
  • While still high, positive rating of the WA and SA governments has decreased to 77% and 71% respectively (from 84% and 75% last month).
  • Positive rating of the NSW and QLD governments has also decreased to 68% respectively (from 73% and 72% last month).

State government response to Covid-19

Apr 13, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08
NSW 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61%
VIC 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49%
QLD 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68%
SA 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72%
WA 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states in the last month.
  • While still high, the rating of the SA and WA governments have witnessed the largest drops in the last month – from 85% to 75% for the SA government and 91% to 84% for the WA government.
  • Positive rating of the VIC government has dipped back down to 58% (from 62% a month ago). This is consistent with levels in February.
  • Rating of the NSW and QLD governments are now at 73% and 72% respectively.

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has increased in all states since earlier this month.
  • Notably, the rating of the VIC government has risen to 62% (from 49% earlier in March). This is the highest rating in the last six months.
  • Positive rating of the WA and SA governments have also increased to 91% and 85% respectively (from 85% and 73% mid last month). This rating of the WA government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak is the highest seen for any state government to date.
  • Rating of the NSW and QLD governments remain stable at 75% respectively.

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • The rating of the VIC government has dropped further down to 49% (from 59% mid last month). This is the lowest rating since October last year.
  • Positive rating of the QLD and WA governments has decreased slightly to 73% and 85% respectively (from 76% and 88% mid last month).
  • Rating of the NSW and SA governments remain virtually unchanged at 72% and 78% respectively.

State government response to Covid-19

Feb 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Good 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06
NSW 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70%
VIC 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65%
QLD 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64%
SA 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79%
WA 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75%
  • Positive rating of the NSW government has dropped to 71% (from 76% at the end of November).
  • Positive rating of the QLD government has increased to 78%, the highest rating we’ve seen in the last six months.
  • The rating of the Victorian government is still the lowest rating of states at 61%.

State government response to Covid-19

Dec 1, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06
NSW 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65%
VIC 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75%
QLD 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67%
SA 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76%
WA 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77%
  • Coinciding with the Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia, positive rating of the SA Government has dropped to 70%, the lowest rating we’ve seen since August.
  • As Victoria continues to record no new Covid-19 cases, positive rating of the government is at 60%, up from a low of 45% in October.

State government response to Covid-19

Nov 17, 2020

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

TOTAL: Good 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06
NSW 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62% 63% 70% 65% 67%
VIC 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53% 49% 65% 75% 72%
QLD 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67% 69% 64% 67% 68%
SA 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76% 79% 79% 76% 79%
WA 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82% 77% 75% 77% 84%
  • Positive rating of the NSW Government has increased for the second time this month and now at 75%, and the highest rating we’ve seen in the past four months.
  • Ratings in Victoria also continue to improve, with 59% now rating the Victorian government’s response as good or very good.
  • Ratings in Queensland, SA and WA are consistent with recent results.
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