The Guardian reports Essential Research’s latest weekly reading of concern about coronavirus finds satisfaction with the government’s handling of the crisis up two points to 65%, its best result yet out of the five such polls that have been published (no sign yet of the poor rating, which hit a new low of 17% – the full report later today should reveal all).
Last week’s question on state governments’ responses was repeated this week, and with due regard to sample sizes that run no higher than around 320 (and not even in triple figures in the case of South Australia), the good ratings have been 56% last week and 61% for New South Wales; 76% and 70% for Victoria; 52% and 63% for Queensland; 79% and 77% for Western Australia; and 72% and 66% for South Australia. Combining the results gives New South Wales 58.5% and Victoria 73% with error margins of about 3.7%; Queensland 57.5% from 4.6%; Western Australia 78% from 5.5%; and South Australia 69% from 6.9%.
Also included are Essential’s occasion question on trust in various institutions, which suggests that all of the above might be benefiting from a secular effect that has federal parliament up from 35% to 53% and the ABC up from 51% to 58%. The effect is more modest for the Australian Federal Police, up two points to 68%. In other coronavirus-related findings, the poll finds “half of all voters think it’s too soon to even consider easing restrictions“, with a further 14% saying they are prepared to wait until the end of May; that 38% said they would download the virus-tracing app, with 63% saying they had security concerns and 35% being confident the data would not be misused.
UPDATE: Full report here.
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michael @ #1097 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – 10:21 pm
He’s just vile. Full stop. He contributes nothing.
Cud Chewer @ #1098 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – 10:25 pm
Being self-deprecating won’t work either, Cud. You’ve proven how intelligent you are many, many times over. 🙂
Reading extracts of Mal’s tome today, he’s a faux Tory and should join his party of first choice:
I mean, Hughes changed colours ad nauseam save for joining the Country Party – as it then was, opining that he did have standards.
Who was Michael referring to?
I was referring to that Vesuvius of iniquity, that seething mass of offensiveness, that monster of evil. nath.
You got me there, C@t :p
That’s heavy stuff.
I thought you were referring to Chalmers.
Asked why he’d not joined the Country Party, Billy Hughes said: “You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.”
Australia has been bumped down to 41st place 🙂
Just think if we could get lower than our broadband ranking 🙂
“I was referring to that Vesuvius of iniquity, that seething mass of offensiveness, that monster of evil. nath”
Not so much. nath is just the one on PB with the most to fear from dung beetles.
I am a grandmother, and also an astrophysicist.
Can you give a bit more context to you quote up-thread about why grandmothers are dispensable?
Can I ask to be classified as an astrophysicist rather than a grandmother ?
A perfect infection timeline back to Lunar New Year, January 25th: 12 days earlier.
Travellers would have been exiting out of China for the annual holiday season, to all corners of the planet, from the 20th: meeting cruises, catching up with family, returning to study etc.
But of course facts don’t matter. Only big hugs.
Seriously? For this?
Found your post that elicited my comment above:
Well, fuck you, and fuck the camel you rode in on too!!!
I have not had much time to look at PollBludger lately. I have been really busy trying to give remote lectures about physics, to students who have not studied physics in the past.
There is also a good chance that these particular students will not do any physics again, for the perfectly good reason that they need some physics, but particularly they need to be exposed to the logic of physics. Why? Because no matter what career you end up with, you will have to deal with understanding data, how it is collected, and gif you can seperate the “signal” from the “noise”.
Is the entire PB readership on crack this evening?
From the Wayback Machine, January 25th, 2020:
It’s the stress of the lock down, in my opinion, William.
Well. I’ve just got back from watching a movie and find all hell has broken loose. Let me collect my thoughts.
Was it my diatribe about being classed as a grandmother that was too much?
Or did I miss the subtle irony about Nath’s comments about the dispensability of grandmothers?
I do not have much free time these days, and so dipping into PollBludger after not reading anything for a week or two probably makes any comment of my a non- sequitur.
I note that Michael’s condemnation of me is a partial plagiary of one given to John Wren and can be found in Manning Clark’s A History of Australia. Vol. 5 I suspect.
As for D&M’s pastoral injunction to me I can only assume she read my post as satirical and mocking rather than the heartfelt memory of my own grandmother that it was. I forgive her.
Being a work of literature doesn’t excuse it.
There is nothing subtle about Nath, D&M.
He is the classic case of a troll. Short, niggly posts designed only to annoy. Rarely if ever argues a case, makes any point or exercises any wit. Just sneers. Occasionally pretends to be offended by inventing personal circumstances that are probably invented for the occasion.
Grovels when sprung.
It’s all part of his act.
Oh God. Now the racist/non-racist whinger is having a go at me.
No matter what I write some delusional will think I’ve concocted something malicious.
Join the club nath.
By the way, you’re sounding a bit “whingey” yourself tonight. A bit “woe-is-me-ish” with a sad photo to back it up.
Another study from the US suggesting 4% of the population with antibodies to coronavirus – as with the much discussed study last week from Santa Clara county – this one from Los Angeles county
“Now comes a second study, this time involving Los Angeles, from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. The study suggests that by early April, hundreds of thousands of LA County residents may have been infected. Their preliminary data suggests that 4.1% of adults have antibodies to the virus – translating to 221,000 to 442,000 people in the county. At the time of the study, the county had fewer than 8,000 reported cases”
In other corona news there may be hope for me yet 🙂
“French researchers to test nicotine patches on coronavirus patients …… study – which stresses serious health risks of smoking – suggest substance in tobacco may lower risk of getting coronavirus”
GoldenSmaug @ #703 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – 11:44 am
Free market seems to mean that the market is free to do whatever it can and to who ever it wants to to make a profit while being free to avoid all responsibility where taxation is concerned while when not making a large enough profit is free to get as many handouts as it can winkle from governments which are also free from the burden of being repaid.
Socrates @ #866 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – 3:17 pm
If oil is in the negative in cost, why is it costing Australia $94M to buy, shouldn’t the oil producers be paying us to take it?
C@tmomma @ #870 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – 3:23 pm
I think according to the e-piracy laws it is illegal to have a copy even if you haven’t passed it on (so if you have archived the email with attachment you may be in trouble), additionally (noting I am not a lawyer) if you have opened a document that was an attachment in an email and it was titled (malcolm’s book, etc.) then you have accessed an illegal copy and are subject to the laws of piracy.
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