Better leadership during Covid-19 – PM vs state leader

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Who do you think has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia?

  TOTAL: All states
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 30%
TOTAL: State Premier / Chief Minister 52%
Don’t know 19%
Base (n) 1,109
  • The majority of people (52%) think their state leaders have demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia than the Prime Minister.
  • About a third (30%) think the opposite is true – that the PM has performed better than state leaders and 19% don’t know.
  • The pattern of people thinking their state leader has demonstrated better leadership qualities throughout the pandemic than the Prime Minister is consistent across each state. This is most apparent in WA where 76% think their premier, Mark McGowan, has demonstrated better leadership than Scott Morrison.
  • Note: Due to small base sizes results for ACT, TAS and NT are not shown.
  TOTAL: NSW TOTAL: VIC TOTAL: QLD TOTAL: SA TOTAL: WA
Prime Minister Scott Morrison 29% 34% 32% 29% 19%
State Premier / Chief Minister 44% 49% 55% 50% 76%
Don’t know 27% 17% 13% 21% 5%
Base (n) 338 297 225 91 107

Performance of State Premiers

Nov 17, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job <NAME> is doing as State Premier?

[Only asked in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA]

TOTAL: Approve 16/11/20 02/11/20 19/10/20
Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

75% 68% 67%
Daniel Andrews

VIC

65% 61% 54%
Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

65% 65% 62%
Steven Marshall

SA

60% 71% 51%
Mark McGowan

WA

87% 78% 84% 

 

 

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Steven Marshall

SA

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 28% 28% 32% 24% 52%
Approve 47% 37% 33% 37% 35%
Disapprove 9% 14% 16% 14% 5%
Strongly disapprove 8% 14% 11% 8% 2%
Don’t know 8% 7% 8% 18% 6%
TOTAL: Approve 75% 65% 65% 60% 87%
TOTAL: Disapprove 17% 28% 27% 21% 7%
Base (n) 307 278 219 66 98

 

  • In NSW, Gladys Berejiklian improved her approval ratings over the past two weeks with to 75% (68% earlier in November).
  • After the easing of lockdown restrictions and no number of new cases over the past two weeks, Daniel Andrews has seen his approval rating increase again to 65%. His disapproval rating has dropped from 40% in October to 28% this week.
  • Following her election victory in Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk remains on 65% approval.

Performance of State Premiers

Nov 3, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job <NAME> is doing as State Premier?

[Only asked in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA]

 

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 28% 29% 28% 45%
Approve 40% 31% 37% 33%
Disapprove 13% 15% 16% 6%
Strongly disapprove 8% 18% 8% 7%
Don’t know 11% 6% 11% 10%
TOTAL: Approve 68% 61% 65% 78%
TOTAL: Disapprove 21% 33% 24% 12%
Base (n) 345 275 209 102

 

RESULTS FROM 19/10/20

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 27% 25% 23% 53%
Approve 41% 29% 39% 31%
Disapprove 14% 16% 12% 6%
Strongly disapprove 9% 24% 15% 1%
Don’t know 11% 6% 10% 10%
TOTAL: Approve 67% 54% 62% 84%
TOTAL: Disapprove 22% 40% 28% 7%
Base (n) 352 274 217 105
  • In NSW, Gladys Berejiklian has maintained her approval ratings over the past two weeks with 68% approval (67% earlier in October).
  • After the easing of lockdown restrictions, Daniel Andrews has seen his approval rating increase from 54% to 61%. He still has the highest disapproval of State premiers however (33%), but lower than 40% disapproval earlier in the month.
  • On the eve of her Queensland election victory, Annastacia Palaszczuk had 65% approval.

Performance of State Premiers

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job <NAME> is doing as State Premier?

[Only asked in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA]

 

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Steven Marshall

SA

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 27% 25% 23% 16% 53%
Approve 41% 29% 39% 36% 31%
Disapprove 14% 16% 12% 14% 6%
Strongly disapprove 9% 24% 15% 5% 1%
Don’t know 11% 6% 10% 29% 10%
TOTAL: Approve 67% 54% 62% 51% 84%
TOTAL: Disapprove 22% 40% 28% 20% 7%
Base (n) 352 274 217 82 105
  • Mark McGowan in WA has the highest approval of State premiers, with 84% approving of his leadership, and just 7% disapproval.
  • Victorian Dan Andrews has the lowest approval rating (54% approval, with 40% disapproval). He maintains approval among Labor voters (78% approval), but majority of Coalition voters in Victoria disapprove of his leadership (54%).
  • Gladys Berejiklian has a high approval rating compared to other state premiers (67%). She has a majority approval among Coalition voters (83%), Labor voters (57%) and other parties (60%).
  • 62% of Queenslanders approval of the job Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing ahead of the election later this month. 28% disapprove of the Queensland premier, driven by high disapproval ratings among Coalition voters (37%).

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