Essential Research coronavirus latest

Support rising for an easing of coronavirus restrictions, and strong backing for Kristina Keneally’s contentious call for migration cuts.

The usual weekly Essential Research coronavirus poll finds “only a quarter” of respondents now consider it too soon to be easing coronavirus restrictions, down from a peak of 49% in mid-April. There was also strong support for a range of fresh restrictions being imposed if there is a new surge of cases, but not for making the coronavirus app compulsory, which only 38% supported. Only 45% were confident the government would be able to adequately protect data from the app, and 44% were confident the government itself would not misuse it. Kristina Keneally’s call for a reduction in temporary migration after the pandemic had the support of 67% of respondents. All this detail is derived from The Guardian, which also tells us that the number of respondents who are “quite concerned” about the virus is up three points since last week to 49%, but without the “very concerned” figure it’s hard to know what if anything to make of that. The full report from the pollster should be published later today.

UPDATE: Full report here. The government reaches new heights on the eighth weekly iteration of the question as to how well it is handling the crisis, with good up five points to 71% and poor down one to 13%. The goodwill extends to state governments, who are collectively up three on good to 73% and steady on poor at 12%. The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1067.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

1,996 comments on “Essential Research coronavirus latest”

  1. I bet the case in WA was related to that guy working on Rottnest and being around quarantined people bringing it back to where he lived. I just hope they stomp on that thoroughly.

  2. Scott @ #1693 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:32 pm

    There is beyond reasonable doubt evidence of the liberal and national partys are controlled by corrupt foreign own identities such as IPA ,foreign media tycoon Murdoch

    Why don’t Labor members find guts and go after these bastards

    because some Labor identities maybe in the same tent …?

  3. It staggers me that the health authorities in this country are this stupid. Having nice neat black and white rules based on probabilities, rather than taking the precautionary approach. So many mistakes made by these “experts”..

    Like that teacher in Sydney today. Why isn’t NSW Health blanket testing teachers already?

  4. Pegasus @ #1697 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:35 pm

    Buce

    Yes she did…

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jul/13/anne-aly-i-cant-control-how-people-are-going-to-see-me

    Aly stands by the program. She says she was motivated to run for parliament after coming up against “a brick wall of political will” in trying to influence counter-terrorism policy, and decided she might have better luck on the inside.

    The bid for Cowan was Aly’s second tilt at federal politics. She ran third on the Greens Senate ticket for Western Australia in 2007, a fact that was seized by the Coalition as proof she would be weak on policies like asylum seekers.

    Aly says information was “blown out of proportion” and that Labor and the Greens have “a shared value base” as progressive centre-left parties.

    It’s always an easier road to being elected running for the major political parties.

    That’s because more people vote for the major parties.

  5. The Lowy Institute has done a poll.
    How well has each country handled the crisis.
    1) Aust – 93% say has handled well
    2)Singapore – 79%
    3)China – 31%
    4)UK – 30%
    5)Italy – 15%
    6) USA – 10%

    Who would you prefer to become president.
    Biden – 73%
    Trump – 23%
    Don’t Know – 4%

  6. Reports out of NZ suggest they’ve got a very large very sensible recovery budget: wage scheme, environment work, training, housing, infrastructure.

    A few of #ScottyfromMarketing’s least favorite things.

  7. Bucephalus says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    Continually Insufferable says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    “On this reasoning just about everything proposed in an electoral context is ‘pork’. ”

    Yes it is. All government spending is a form of pork. Why are the SASR based in WA? Pork. Why are all the Subs based at Fleet Base West in WA? Pork. Why are there Army Brigades in Townsville and Darwin? Pork. Why is the ASC in Adelaide? Pork. What rail lines are built and where? Pork. Why is Sydney Airport so under utilised due to flight path restrictions, flight number restrictions and curfews that a whole new airport is needed? Pork.

    Just as every single decision a politician makes is politics. Even when they declare they aren’t playing politics it is politics. Getting out of bed is a political decision for a politician. What they wear, whether or not and how they do their hair. If they exercise. What they eat and how they eat it. Everything is politics.

    I’d like mine with added bacon.

    Or, as my daughter once declared, ‘I take no part of the pig. Except ham.’

  8. You can’t expect too much from Aly

    I’ve met Aly and worked with one of her relatives on an ALP campaign. She is a great person, she’ll have little impact on the ALP and on policy outcomes generally, but more impact than if she was a greens senator from WA.

  9. michael @ #1706 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:43 pm

    The Lowy Institute has done a poll.
    How well has each country handled the crisis.
    1) Aust – 93% say has handled well
    2)Singapore – 79%
    3)China – 31%
    4)UK – 30%
    5)Italy – 15%
    6) USA – 10%

    Who would you prefer to become president.
    Biden – 73%
    Trump – 23%
    Don’t Know – 4%

    Who would you prefer to become prime minister.
    Morrison – 73%
    Albanese – 23%
    Don’t Know – 4%

    Just sayin’
    Depressing ain’t it.

  10. ‘poroti says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    How the fluck could this pass any ethics test for an experiment ???’

    They applied the Morrison Government’s probity benchmarks.

  11. Rex Douglas says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    because some Labor identities maybe in the same tent …?

    ————————————-

    Whether they are or not , shouldn’t stop Labor still going after the foreign controlled media and Libera l/national parties

  12. ‘Who would you prefer to become prime minister?’

    So. 73% of Australians don’t realize it is Morrison who is fucking them around already.

  13. WeWantPaul @ #1709 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:46 pm

    You can’t expect too much from Aly

    I’ve met Aly and worked with one of her relatives on an ALP campaign. She is a great person, she’ll have little impact on the ALP and on policy outcomes generally, but more impact than if she was a greens senator from WA.

    You can’t expect too much from Albo.

    I’ve met Albo and worked with one of his relatives on an ALP campaign. He is a great person, he’ll have little impact on the ALP and on policy outcomes generally, but more impact than if he was a greens senator from WA.

    Just sayin’
    New Labor.
    Don’t rock the boat.

  14. Similar result to previous survey for the Greens plebiscite on Fed leader.

    The Greens have pref voting for all candidates at all levels of govt, local, state and national electorate levels. The Greens have by far the most local democratic candidate selection it seems. Though eligible voters also wouldn’t have included any who have joined in the last year or so I think, ie since the last election, and I believe there’s been a boost since then.
    NSW Greens still doesn’t have a ‘leader’ position and therefore no method for selecting a position that does not even exist formally. Not every state is the same, but it would’ve been decided by vote for them as well. The Greens party decision bar is often consensus, 75% if voting, or in this case 2/3 to change the party constitution.

    Greens MPs and candidates are entirely voted for by local electorate or state membership, one member one vote, and they, like everyone, have to deal with each other on that basis anyway.

    There were pros and cons for each option discussed and if anything it is OK to see a variety of views, more like a three way split, more like Australia and the republic, with popularly elected president or not on top, with a higher bar to pass. On the numbers the majority including many if not all current and former MP’s agree there should be more members involvement. Given it is perhaps the only aspect of party positions without direct member voting it will likely change, not sure how.

    Bigger fish to fry right now for most it seems on this issue anyway, in the current circumstance.
    Though the self-cooking Laborites have evidently been going into meltdown already here.

  15. WeWantPaul @ #1709 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:46 pm

    You can’t expect too much from Aly

    I’ve met Aly and worked with one of her relatives on an ALP campaign. She is a great person, she’ll have little impact on the ALP and on policy outcomes generally, but more impact than if she was a greens senator from WA.

    But, she’s a Labor Senator from WA> So you can just cry in your beer.

  16. Bucephalus @ #1689 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:30 pm

    clem attlee says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    “Well they wont be, if they continue to preselect hopeless duds like Aly.“

    You can’t expect too much from Aly – she did start out as a Greens Candidate until they unloaded her on the ALP.

    Dr Anne Aly (and nice bit of misogyny there, Buce, but then you are a male Liberal), has more expertise and smarts in her little finger than you will possess in your whole body during your lifetime. One of Australia’s top Counter Terrorism experts, so good even the smarter Liberals acknowledged her talents. And admit it, if she had joined the Liberal Party you would be praising her to the high heavens.

    You are just so transparently a Liberal shill I’d be embarrassed if I were you, Buce. But Liberals have learned the art of not allowing themselves to be embarrassed. It allows them to bullshit without blush. Sad, venal individuals that they are.

  17. Cud Chewer says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm
    “I bet the case in WA was related to that guy working on Rottnest and being around quarantined people bringing it back to where he lived.”

    There has been no mention of Rottnest at all in relation to any cases in WA.

  18. boerwar @ #1713 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:50 pm

    ‘Who would you prefer to become prime minister?’

    So. 73% of Australians don’t realize it is Morrison who is fucking them around already.

    Well, probably not.
    But in thruth I couldn’t be bothered editing the original post.
    But then you knew that, probably.

    It’s probably higher than 73% anyway.

  19. Quoll @ #1715 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:53 pm

    Similar result to previous survey for the Greens plebiscite on Fed leader.

    The Greens have pref voting for all candidates at all levels of govt, local, state and national electorate levels. The Greens have by far the most local democratic candidate selection it seems. Though eligible voters also wouldn’t have included any who have joined in the last year or so I think, ie since the last election, and I believe there’s been a boost since then.
    NSW Greens still doesn’t have a ‘leader’ position and therefore no method for selecting a position that does not even exist formally. Not every state is the same, but it would’ve been decided by vote for them as well. The Greens party decision bar is often consensus, 75% if voting, or in this case 2/3 to change the party constitution.

    Greens MPs and candidates are entirely voted for by local electorate or state membership, one member one vote, and they, like everyone, have to deal with each other on that basis anyway.

    There were pros and cons for each option discussed and if anything it is OK to see a variety of views, more like a three way split, more like Australia and the republic, with popularly elected president or not on top, with a higher bar to pass. On the numbers the majority including many if not all current and former MP’s agree there should be more members involvement. Given it is perhaps the only aspect of party positions without direct member voting it will likely change, not sure how.

    Bigger fish to fry right now for most it seems on this issue anyway, in the current circumstance.
    Though the self-cooking Laborites have evidently been going into meltdown already here.

    Weak as piss. The Greens had the opportunity to make modern day reforms to their structure to reflect current community standards and opted for the non Progressive option.

    They are a disgrace.

  20. boerwar @ #1713 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:50 pm

    ‘Who would you prefer to become prime minister?’

    So. 73% of Australians don’t realize it is Morrison who is fucking them around already.

    Actually, they don’t realise they’re being fucked around because Scrott hasn’t told them he’s fucking them around and neither has the ALP.
    So how would they know?

  21. Cud Chewer

    Rakali

    I’m a little skeptical of that 5% figure. A lot of antibody tests have the problem of testing positive to previous infections of related viruses.
    ————
    Thank you for your response. I was just passing on a twitter post! I know nothing!

    When you point it out, 5% is a high figure but still a very big way below what would be needed to give the cows “immunity”.

  22. NZ govt Climate Change minister ~3 weeks ago

    The Covid-19 crisis creates a chance to reset economies on a sustainable footing
    New Zealand climate minister says governments must not just return to the way things were, and instead plot a new course to ease climate change
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/apr/23/covid-19-crisis-reset-economies-sustainable-footing

    “This time, we could do it differently. This time, we could plan our recovery to create a clean-tech, high-value economy that works for everyone.”

  23. a question for Cud

    Has the testing gotten to the point where someone wanting to fly overseas would get to the airport in time for a Covid19 test, and they would not get a boarding pass unless it was a negative result.

    This could be the only way that the airline industry can get going again.

  24. Greensborough Growler says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    “But, she’s a Labor Senator from WA> So you can just cry in your beer.”

    No, she’s an MHR – hung on by her fingernails past two elections.

  25. Labor is on the front foot with Virgin and jobs. So Labor stalwarts on this blog think it’s a great time to slag off the Greens.

    You know it makes sense.

  26. Bucephalus @ #1689 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:30 pm

    clem attlee says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    “Well they wont be, if they continue to preselect hopeless duds like Aly.“

    You can’t expect too much from Aly – she did start out as a Greens Candidate until they unloaded her on the ALP.

    A hopeless dud who got elected?
    As a Labor member?
    In WA?
    Last year?
    We need more hopeless duds.

  27. C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Bucephalus @ #1722 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:55 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    “diminishing her achievements by failing to mention them”

    I was criticising her politics – not writing a job reference.

    “silly female”

    I didn’t mention anything in relation to her gender or call her silly.

    Stop making shit up.

  28. Michael

    The Lowy Institute has done a poll.
    How well has each country handled the crisis.
    1) Aust – 93% say has handled well
    2)Singapore – 79%
    3)China – 31%
    4)UK – 30%
    5)Italy – 15%
    6) USA – 10%
    ————-

    30% of UK voters think the UK Government is doing OK! With the second highest death rate in the world! Though it is saying not all the Tories think Bojo is doing a good job!

  29. Bucephalus @ #1736 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:03 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Bucephalus @ #1722 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:55 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    “diminishing her achievements by failing to mention them”

    I was criticising her politics – not writing a job reference.

    “silly female”

    I didn’t mention anything in relation to her gender or call her silly.

    Stop making shit up.

    You first!

  30. Bucephalus @ #1736 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:03 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Bucephalus @ #1722 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:55 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    “diminishing her achievements by failing to mention them”

    I was criticising her politics – not writing a job reference.

    “silly female”

    I didn’t mention anything in relation to her gender or call her silly.

    Stop making shit up.

    No, it wasn’t blatant. You’re not that stupid.

  31. Greensborough Growler @ #1735 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:02 pm

    Bucephalus @ #1731 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 4:59 pm

    Greensborough Growler says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    “But, she’s a Labor Senator from WA> So you can just cry in your beer.”

    No, she’s an MHR – hung on by her fingernails past two elections.

    She’s a winner then!

    Yes, the WA Liberals have thrown everything they can at her. Starting with the initial Islamophobic slurs.

  32. Mavis if you’re around. Being ex navy do you have any thoughts on the pollies making a decision to over rule the independent panel that recommended Teddy Sheehan for a VC? Personally I think it’s a travesty.

  33. Anne Aly may well be a counter terrorism expert, but she is an incompetent politician. Being in opposition is hard enough as it is, without that sort of lead in the saddle bags. Not that she alone of course,as there are plenty of others, but she was always promoted as being some sort of rising star. However, every time I have seen her, Aly has been underwhelming to say the least. She also does not appear to be a conviction politician, just another who saw a chance and took it. Parliament is full of them.

  34. I’ve met Aly. She’s nice. We got a good friend who was studying politics at ANU some work in Aly’s office and with her in Canberra when Parliament was sitting. Having seen the sausages being made she no longer wants to go into politics and has changed her courses at University to Economics.

  35. Brian Mitchell MP
    @BrianMitchellMP

    Morrison just said the economy is ‘built on businesses’.

    The economy – and businesses – are built on workers.

    It’s an important point to make that Liberal governments always forget. #qt #auspol

  36. Workers don’t have jobs unless business owners risk their capital first.
    No initial and ongoing investment = no job = no worker.

  37. Bucephalus @ #1744 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:11 pm

    I’ve met Aly. She’s nice. We got a good friend who was studying politics at ANU some work in Aly’s office and with her in Canberra when Parliament was sitting. Having seen the sausages being made she no longer wants to go into politics and has changed her courses at University to Economics.

    She’s not leaving politics. In fact, this story came out about her today:

    Member for Cowan Anne Aly among WA MPs vying for Parliamentary Joint Committee of Intelligence and Security role chaired by Andrew Hastie

    https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-politics/member-for-cowan-anne-aly-among-wa-mps-vying-for-parliamentary-joint-committee-of-intelligence-and-security-role-chaired-by-andrew-hastie-ng-b881545784z

    Lanai Scarr
    The West Australian
    Wednesday, 13 May 2020

  38. WWP……………Your detailed knowledge of the Carpenter era brings back some really bleak reminders of how this election was thrown away by Labor back then.
    Earlier I made the point that Charlie Court threatened to shut the Perth-Freo line, but our resident Liberal apologist corrected me by saying Court actually shut the line and then opened it again.
    This weak deflection attempt was immaterial to my main point which was that the Liberals take the high moral ground when it comes to so-called financial probity for Labor, but do not apply the same rules to their own hand-outs – as the whole money for sports fiasco, the Alice Springs – Darwin railway, Royalties for Regions and lots of other rorts have demonstrated time and time again.

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