Nearly two-thirds of Australians (65%) now say Australian Government is handling COVID-19 well – up 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 by Roy Morgan Research to determine their views regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.
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.
RESPONDENTS ANSWER: 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
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