Views towards progress of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Apr 13, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines is primarily the responsibility of the federal government.

Scott Morrison promised in January this year that 4 million Australians would be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of March. This target was shifted out in March to 4 million Australians by April 26th. As of April 2nd, 750,000 Australians have been vaccinated. 

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I’m confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by April 26th 19% 55% 6% 13% 26% 24% 31%
The federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible 56% 17% 28% 29% 27% 10% 7%
Delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it 47% 26% 15% 32% 27% 17% 10%
The slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed 48% 25% 21% 27% 27% 16% 9%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’m confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by April 26th 19% 25% 13% 22% 28% 7% 14% 27% 21% 13%
The federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible 56% 58% 55% 51% 56% 61% 65% 53% 62% 54%
Delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it 47% 51% 43% 41% 50% 48% 37% 66% 36% 39%
The slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed 48% 50% 46% 45% 51% 47% 59% 37% 61% 49%
Base (n) 1,368 669 699 426 460 482 483 471 123 165
  • Well over half (56%) of Australians agree the federal government needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible. Labor voters and those over 55 are the most likely to agree with this (65% and 61% respectively).
  • Just under half (48%) agree the slower than expected rollout indicates that the federal government is not doing as good a job as they claimed. Labor voters and Greens voters are most likely to follow this view (59% and 61%).
  • However, just under half as well (47%) agree the delays in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are due to circumstances outside the federal government’s control, and there’s nothing more they could have done about it. The majority of Coalition voters align with this view (66%).
  • Only 19% are confident that 4 million Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the month.

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