Attitudes towards Craig Kelly controversy and Scott Morrison’s leadership

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Liberal MP Craig Kelly sharing Covid-19 misinformation (e.g. advocating unproven treatments, claiming vaccines cannot be trusted, comparing masks to child abuse)?

TOTAL: Agree Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour 41% 52% 32% 52% 47%
Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency 56% 60% 58% 70% 56%
Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts 57% 61% 60% 63% 55%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • Over half (57%) agree that Craig Kelly’s behaviour is undermining Scott Morrison’s leadership by contradicting the Prime Minister on Covid-19 facts and over half (56%) also agree that Craig Kelly is more interested in sharing Covid-19 misinformation and building his media profile than representing his constituency.
  • Greens voters are more likely to agree with these two statements than other voters. Minor and independent party voters are the least likely to agree.
  • 41% agree Scott Morrison has shown poor leadership in how he has responded to Craig Kelly’s behaviour. Labor and Greens voters are more likely to agree with this statement than Coalition and minor and independent party voters (52% and 52% to 32% and 47% respectively).

Attitudes towards Covid-19 pandemic and reopening Australia’s borders

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia and our national borders?

  TOTAL:  Agree TOTAL: Disagree   Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
I want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic 71% 8%   45% 26% 19% 7% 2% 2%
I don’t think I could stand another lockdown 43% 29%   24% 19% 25% 18% 11% 3%
After the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders 67% 11%   31% 36% 17% 6% 4% 5%
We should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally 71% 12%   43% 28% 15% 7% 5% 3%
  • While 7 in 10 (71%) agree that we should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally, 67% agree that after the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders.
  • 7 in 10 (71%) agree that they want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 43% don’t think they could stand another lockdown. About a third (29%) disagree and a quarter (25%) neither agree nor disagree with this statement.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 19, 2021

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,084 1,071 1,010

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 42% 51% 34% 30% 42% 54% 48% 49% 34% 33%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 47% 38% 55% 57% 46% 39% 44% 44% 57% 42%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 11% 11% 14% 13% 7% 8% 7% 9% 25%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than mid last year. 42% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% last August. 47% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35% in August) and 11% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (54%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (25%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Once a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in Australia, how long would you wait before taking it?

  14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,071 1,010

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 43% 53% 35% 35% 41% 53% 44% 48% 45% 42%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 46% 41% 51% 54% 48% 38% 52% 43% 44% 39%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 6% 14% 11% 11% 9% 5% 8% 11% 19%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • Fewer people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine immediately than earlier in the year. 43% would get a vaccine as soon as possible, down from 56% in August. 46% would get vaccinated, but just not straight away (up from 35%) and 10% say they would never get vaccinated.
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (53%), those aged over 55 (53%).
  • Those voting for independent of minor parties are most likely to say they would never get a vaccine (19%).

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The trial results of Covid-19 vaccines

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 23% 28% 18% 16% 27% 25% 21% 27% 25% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 42% 44% 47% 37% 46% 51% 44% 35% 33%
Not that closely 25% 23% 26% 28% 25% 22% 21% 23% 31% 29%
Not closely at all 9% 7% 11% 9% 11% 7% 7% 5% 10% 15%
TOTAL: Closely 66% 70% 63% 63% 63% 72% 72% 71% 59% 55%
TOTAL: Not closely 34% 30% 37% 37% 37% 28% 28% 29% 41% 45%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

Uptake of Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 11, 2020

Q. If and when a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available, how long would you wait before taking it?

    Gender Age group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 56% 60% 53% 50% 54% 64%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 35% 33% 37% 38% 37% 30%
I’d never get vaccinated 8% 7% 10% 11% 9% 6%
Base (n) 1,010 505 505 302 331 377

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible 66% 57% 43% 44%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 29% 36% 45% 34%
I’d never get vaccinated 5% 7% 10% 21%
Base (n) 311 413 78 94

 

Time to return to normal

Jun 23, 2020

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 12% 27% 35% 22% 4%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 11% 22% 43% 20% 4%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 11% 22% 38% 25% 4%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 10% 23% 39% 24% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 17% 37% 33% 6%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 8% 15% 31% 27% 20%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 9% 12% 52% 22%

 

WITHIN NEXT SIX MONTHS Gender Age Group
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 13% 10% 14% 14% 7%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 15% 8% 16% 12% 7%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 13% 8% 15% 11% 6%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 9% 16% 13% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 7% 13% 8% 3%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 9% 7% 11% 9% 3%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 3% 9% 6% 1%
Base (n) 525 554 332 362 385

 

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