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Nearly two-thirds of Australians (65%) now say Australian Government is handling COVID-19 well – up 22% in a week

Source: Roy Morgan web survey of Australians conducted on the weekend s of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020 in Australia, n=987. Base: Australians aged 18+.

Nearly two-thirds of Australians (65%) now say the Australian Government is handling COVID-19 well, up a large 22% in a week. In addition, now 59% of Australians say the ‘worst is yet to come’ over the next month in regards to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – down a significant 26% in a week according to a special Roy Morgan web survey of an Australia-wide cross-section of 987 Australians aged 18+ conducted over the weekend of April 4-5, 2020.

While previously only 38% of those in New South Wales agreed the Australian Government was handling COVID-19 well this has now increased substantially and now a majority of 59% (up 21% in a week) say the Government is handling COVID-19 well which is similar to clear majorities in other states: Queensland 70% (up 28%), Victoria 66% (up 21%), Western Australia 75% (up 22%) and South Australia 58% (up 11%).

Australians were asked a series of six questions to determine their views regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The first five questions were on a five point scale with strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree and don’t know the available responses.

  • Question 1: “I am afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus?”
  • Question 2: “I think the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well?”
  • Question 3: “I believe the threat from the Coronavirus is exaggerated?”
  • Question 4: “I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus?”
  • Question 5: “If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, I would be willing to be vaccinated?”

The final question was posed as a choice between three outcomes. People surveyed were asked: “When thinking about the Coronavirus here in Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month. Either the ‘Worst is yet to come’, the ‘Situation will remain the same’ or ‘Things will begin to improve’.”

Australians are now much happier with the Government’s handling of the crisis

A much increased 65% of Australians agree that the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well – up a large 22% in a week. Of Australians that agree the Government is handling the Coronavirus well 21% (up 12%) strongly agree while a further 44% (up 10%) agree.

In contrast a much reduced 29% (down 20%) of Australians disagree that the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well. Now just 6% (down 10%) strongly disagree the Australian Government is handling Coronavirus well and a further 23% (down 10%) disagree.

Australians are considerably less negative than a week ago about the next month

A reducing majority of 59% of Australians, down 26% on a week ago say that the ‘Worst is yet to come’ over the next month when it comes to Coronavirus compared to a third 33% (up 22%) who say the ‘Situation will remain the same’ while 8% (up 4%), say ‘Things will begin to improve’.

Analysis by Gender reveals 65% (down 23%) of Women say that the ‘Worst is yet to come’ over the next month compared to only 53% (down 29%) of men. In comparison now well over a third of men, 37%, up 25%, say the ‘Situation will remain the same’ over the next month compared to 29% (up 19%) of women.

There are more Australians positive about the next month than a week ago. Now 10% (up 4%) of men say ‘Things will begin to improve’ over the next month compared to 6% (up 4%) of women.

Now a fifth of Australians agree the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated

A fifth of Australians now agree that the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated – up 5% from a week ago compared to 75% (down 6%) that disagree.

Far more men 25% (up 5%) agree the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated than women 16% (up 6%).

Slightly fewer Australians are now afraid they or someone they know will catch the virus

Just fewer three-quarters of Australians 73% (down 2%) are afraid that they or someone in their family may actually catch the Coronavirus.

A quarter of Australians 25% (down 1%) strongly agree they are afraid they or someone in their family may actually catch the Coronavirus and an additional 48% (down 1%) agree. In contrast only 4% (up 2%) strongly disagree and a further 17% (unchanged) disagree.

Four-fifths of Australians would sacrifice their human rights to help prevent the spread of the virus – unchanged on a week ago

An unchanged 80% of Australians agree they are willing to sacrifice some of their human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the Coronavirus compared to only 14% who disagree.

An increasing 84% (up 3%) of women agree they would willingly sacrifice their human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the Coronavirus compared to 75% (down 4%) of men.

A largely unchanged majority of Australians say they are willing to be vaccinated if a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available

A virtually unchanged majority of 87% (up 1%) of Australians say they are willing to be vaccinated for Coronavirus (COVID-19) if a new vaccine became publicly available compared to only 7% (unchanged) who disagree.

Analysis by Gender reveals slightly more men 89% (up 4%) than women 85% (down 1%) say they are willing to be vaccinated if a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available.

Question 2: Do you think the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well – By States

Source: Roy Morgan web survey of Australians conducted on the weekends of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020 in Australia, n=987. Base: Australians aged 18+.

Question 6: When thinking about the Coronavirus here in the Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month – ‘The Worst is yet to come’ - By States

Source: Roy Morgan web survey of Australians conducted on the weekend s of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020 in Australia, n=987. Base: Australians aged 18+.

Question 1:

I am afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

NET: Agree

78

75

73

Strongly agree

34

26

25

Agree

44

49

48

Disagree

12

17

17

Strongly disagree

4

2

4

NET: Disagree

16

19

21

Don’t know

6

6

6

TOTAL

100

100

100

I am afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

73

71

74

74

77

74

73

66

Strongly agree

25

22

28

15

37

27

26

20

Agree

48

49

46

59

40

47

47

46

Disagree

17

18

16

17

17

14

18

20

Strongly disagree

4

5

3

5

3

5

3

2

NET: Disagree

21

23

19

22

20

19

21

22

Don’t know

6

6

7

4

3

7

6

12

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

I am afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus – By State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

73

71

73

74

72

73

66

Strongly agree

25

24

27

22

24

32

25

Agree

48

47

46

52

48

41

41

Disagree

17

20

14

16

17

14

29

Strongly disagree

4

4

5

4

1

4

0

NET: Disagree

21

24

19

20

18

18

29

Don’t know

6

5

8

6

10

9

5

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

Question 2:

I think the UK/Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

NET: Agree

49

43

65

Strongly agree

11

9

21

Agree

38

34

44

Disagree

22

33

23

Strongly disagree

16

16

6

NET: Disagree

37

49

29

Don’t know

14

8

6

TOTAL

100

100

100

I think the UK/Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

65

64

65

63

53

58

68

83

Strongly agree

21

23

20

23

15

14

23

33

Agree

44

41

45

40

38

44

45

50

Disagree

23

23

23

25

27

27

21

13

Strongly disagree

6

7

5

4

10

9

5

2

NET: Disagree

29

30

28

29

37

36

26

15

Don’t know

6

6

7

8

10

6

6

2

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

I think the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well – By State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

65

59

66

70

75

58

58

Strongly agree

21

20

18

27

25

23

20

Agree

44

39

48

43

50

35

38

Disagree

23

27

17

19

19

27

36

Strongly disagree

6

7

9

6

5

1

6

NET: Disagree

29

34

26

25

24

28

42

Don’t know

6

7

8

5

1

14

0

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

Question 3:

I believe the threat from the Coronavirus is exaggerated

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

NET: Agree

26

15

20

Strongly agree

8

5

4

Agree

18

10

16

Disagree

28

34

34

Strongly disagree

33

47

41

NET: Disagree

62

81

75

Don’t know

12

4

5

TOTAL

100

100

100

I believe the threat from the Coronavirus is exaggerated – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

20

25

16

36

23

23

13

10

Strongly agree

4

4

4

4

5

8

3

1

Agree

16

21

12

32

18

15

10

9

Disagree

34

33

34

35

34

32

35

33

Strongly disagree

41

38

44

21

41

40

46

55

NET: Disagree

75

71

78

56

75

72

81

88

Don’t know

5

4

6

8

2

5

6

2

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

I believe the threat from the Coronavirus is exaggerated – By State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

20

25

20

20

11

13

27

Strongly agree

4

5

3

6

3

2

3

Agree

16

20

17

14

8

11

24

Disagree

34

35

31

34

33

42

29

Strongly disagree

41

36

41

44

50

41

44

NET: Disagree

75

71

72

78

83

83

73

Don’t know

5

4

8

2

6

4

0

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

Question 4: 

I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

NET: Agree

72

80

80

Strongly agree

27

33

35

Agree

45

47

45

Disagree

9

8

8

Strongly disagree

4

6

6

NET: Disagree

13

14

14

Don’t know

15

6

6

TOTAL

100

100

100

I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

80

75

84

65

80

78

84

88

Strongly agree

35

29

39

26

34

36

36

38

Agree

45

46

44

39

46

42

48

50

Disagree

8

10

6

7

10

11

6

5

Strongly disagree

6

9

3

16

4

5

4

4

NET: Disagree

14

19

9

23

14

16

10

9

Don’t know

6

6

7

12

6

6

6

3

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent spread of the virus – By State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

80

75

76

84

88

83

84

Strongly agree

35

32

33

37

45

35

31

Agree

45

43

43

47

43

48

53

Disagree

8

9

7

10

5

11

4

Strongly disagree

6

9

8

3

5

2

5

NET: Disagree

14

18

15

13

10

13

9

Don’t know

6

7

9

3

2

4

7

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

Question 5: If a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine became publicly available, I would be willing to be vaccinated

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

NET: Agree

77

86

87

Strongly agree

44

56

56

Agree

33

30

31

Disagree

4

4

3

Strongly disagree

3

3

4

NET: Disagree

7

7

7

Don’t know

16

7

6

TOTAL

100

100

100

If a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine became publicly available, I would be willing to be vaccinated – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

87

89

85

92

88

82

84

93

Strongly agree

56

57

54

53

63

57

48

58

Agree

31

32

31

39

25

25

36

35

Disagree

3

3

4

2

3

4

4

3

Strongly disagree

4

3

3

3

4

4

3

2

NET: Disagree

7

6

7

5

7

8

7

5

Don’t know

6

5

8

3

5

10

9

2

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

If a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine became publicly available, I would be willing to be vaccinated – By State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

87

87

89

87

88

79

89

Strongly agree

56

55

53

59

55

52

75

Agree

31

32

36

28

33

27

14

Disagree

3

3

2

4

4

6

4

Strongly disagree

4

3

3

3

3

6

7

NET: Disagree

7

6

5

7

7

12

11

Don’t know

6

7

6

6

5

9

0

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

Question 6:

When thinking about the Coronavirus here in UK/Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month – By Gender & Age

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

Worst is yet to come

82

85

59

Situation will remain the same

15

11

33

Things will begin to improve

3

4

8

TOTAL

100

100

100

When thinking about the Coronavirus here in UK/Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month – By Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Worst is yet to come

59

53

65

52

54

61

66

61

Situation will remain the same

33

37

29

36

44

29

28

29

Things will begin to improve

8

10

6

12

2

10

6

10

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


When thinking about the Coronavirus here in UK/Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month – By State

#Sample sizes with fewer than 50 respondents should be treated with caution.

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Worst is yet to come

59

52

60

65

31

58

66

Situation will remain the same

33

39

30

28

32

38

20

Things will begin to improve

8

9

10

7

7

4

14

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100



States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

86

85

88

83

84

91

97

Strongly agree

56

58

58

53

46

59

64

Agree

30

27

30

30

38

32

33

Disagree

4

3

2

10

3

2

0

Strongly disagree

3

3

4

3

3

3

2

NET: Disagree

7

6

6

13

6

5

2

Don’t know

7

9

6

4

10

4

1

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100





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