Essential Research: coronavirus and attitudes to China

A major souring in Australians’ attitudes to China but little change on coronavirus (at least since last week), according to the latest Essential poll.

Another week, another Essential Research coronavirus poll — this one focusing on attitudes to China, which have notably soured. As related by The Guardian, respondents were asked if they had a favourable or unfavourable view of China’s influences on Australian life, which produced a net rating of minus 30% on trade, compared with plus 1% last August, and a net rating of minus 40% for Chinese business operating in Australia, down from minus 21%. There were also scores of minus 26% for defence, minus 36% for politics and minus 9% for culture. Conversely, the United States scored net positive scores, albeit that these were quite a lot bigger for defence (plus 29%), business (plus 15%) and trade (plus 14%) than politics (plus 2%) and culture (plus 7%).

Asked which relationship would be more beneficial to strengthen, 42% favoured the US and 18% China, compared with 38% and 28% last August. Respondents had two bob each way on trade in that 53% thought Australia “needs to do all it can to avoid a trade war with China”, with 17% opposed, but 48% felt Australia should impose retaliatory tariffs, with 22% opposed. The poll found “more than half” believe China’s trade sanctions against Australia were motivated by the government’s call for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

The poll continued its weekly suite of questions on coronavirus, recording no change on the government’s handling of the crisis, which was rated positively by 73% and negatively by 11%. Levels of concern little changed on last week (79% either very or quite concerned, down one, and 21% either not at all or not that concerned, up one). A divide appears to be opening on restrictions, with higher responses for both lifting them as soon as possible (up five to 14%) and holding off (up two to 27%). The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1087; a full report should be published later today.

Note that below this post is a dedicated thread for the Eden-Monaro by-election, which you are encouraged to use if you have something specific to say on that subject.

UPDATE: Full report here.

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.

2,091 comments on “Essential Research: coronavirus and attitudes to China”

  1. Thanks for that Renew Economy link about “spinning machines” (synchronous condensers ) Cud.
    I looked them up – they were in use during the 1950s. They look like great big electric motors, except the shaft has no load on it; purpose is to stabilize the grid.
    So one of the big reasons for retaining gas or coal-fired turbines -to provide electrical stability – can be taken over by synchronous condensers.
    SA will do this, and retire its gas turbines.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronous_condenser

    Edit Here’s Cud’s link to the Original article
    https://reneweconomy.com.au/big-spinning-machines-arrive-in-south-australia-to-hasten-demise-of-gas-generation-64767/

  2. Well, it does seem the Government’s rhetoric has had an impact domestically.

    I hope the economic and international consequences were worth it.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I was entertained by a glorious, quickly changing sunrise this morning while putting this together.

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  4. If Morrison is gong to promise extra education and training as part of his recovery strategy, it will be another example of ripping the guts out of programs until there’s a crisis and then making himself a saviour (word chosen with care) by returning some money.

    Tanya Plibersek
    @tanya_plibersek
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    4m
    The Liberals have spent seven years creating a tradie crisis in Australia – with $3 billion cut from TAFE and training, widespread skills shortages, and 140,000 apprentices and trainees gone.

  5. None of this sour view of China’s trade dealings with us will get related to the ChAFTA negotiated by Robb, with its iniquitous provisions allowing Chinese companies operating here to import Chinese temp workers to work in its projects (the Ch10 provisions).
    A truly disgraceful agreement undermining work for local underemployed Austalians ( of all backgrounds).

  6. Barney in Tanjung Bunga @ #4 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 7:36 am

    C@tmomma @ #1 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 5:34 am

    Yep, China has overplayed its hand.

    How so?

    By trying to infiltrate and dominate Australia and buy it. Sure I get how anyone is allowed to buy whatever they want, within the rules, but the strategic plan of China to use Australia as their resource source, and then, as we look to Hong Kong, to what end for China in the future, just makes me think that, thankfully in a way, they have overplayed the hand they were holding to go forward with that plan.

  7. lizzie @ #6 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 5:46 am

    If Morrison is gong to promise extra education and training as part of his recovery strategy, it will be another example of ripping the guts out of programs until there’s a crisis and then making himself a saviour (word chosen with care) by returning some money.

    Tanya Plibersek
    @tanya_plibersek
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    4m
    The Liberals have spent seven years creating a tradie crisis in Australia – with $3 billion cut from TAFE and training, widespread skills shortages, and 140,000 apprentices and trainees gone.

    My thinking exactly.

    Good idea, but what’s he going to deliver it with?

  8. Beautiful red/pink sky BK.

    The old saying:

    Red sky at morning, shepherd take warning
    Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

  9. Barney

    Can’t help feeling that his “focus on unemployment” will mean more boosting of employers (tax concessions) and more criticism of those who “don’t make an effort to get a job”.

  10. I guess Morrison will be in a position to give Victoria more funding to enable job maker projects to go ahead.
    Now that it has been deemed that Victoria should not get any funding from the evil Chinese govt.
    You know it makes sense.

    Meanwhile there has been a directive regarding hydrochloquine.
    Will the orange cheeto now shut the f up about it.

  11. C@tmomma @ #8 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 5:50 am

    Barney in Tanjung Bunga @ #4 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 7:36 am

    C@tmomma @ #1 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 5:34 am

    Yep, China has overplayed its hand.

    How so?

    By trying to infiltrate and dominate Australia and buy it. Sure I get how anyone is allowed to buy whatever they want, within the rules, but the strategic plan of China to use Australia as their resource source, and then, as we look to Hong Kong, to what end for China in the future, just makes me think that, thankfully in a way, they have overplayed the hand they were holding to go forward with that plan.

    Hyperbole muchly!

  12. Amy Remeikis is off and running. “Well, it’s the prime minister’s speech day, which means you are going to hear a lot of analogies about medication and doonas and weaning the economy off of both of them and something-something ICU.”

  13. Also we were doing trials here in Australia. They should stop as well.

    The World Health Organization has said it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug Donald Trump said he is taking as a precaution — from its global study into experimental coronavirus treatments after safety concerns.

    The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those who were not, it would pause the hydroxychloroquine arm of its solidarity global clinical trial.

  14. Barney in Tanjung Bunga @ #10 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 7:57 am

    lizzie @ #6 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 5:46 am

    If Morrison is gong to promise extra education and training as part of his recovery strategy, it will be another example of ripping the guts out of programs until there’s a crisis and then making himself a saviour (word chosen with care) by returning some money.

    Tanya Plibersek
    @tanya_plibersek
    ·
    4m
    The Liberals have spent seven years creating a tradie crisis in Australia – with $3 billion cut from TAFE and training, widespread skills shortages, and 140,000 apprentices and trainees gone.

    My thinking exactly.

    Good idea, but what’s he going to deliver it with?

    Look, I’ll be happy if he revivifies TAFE but I suspect it will just be more money shovelled out the door to the Coalition’s mates in Private Education.

  15. lizzie @ #12 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 6:00 am

    Barney

    Can’t help feeling that his “focus on unemployment” will mean more boosting of employers (tax concessions) and more criticism of those who “don’t make an effort to get a job”.

    It seems to be just another marketing exercise.

    I can’t see how it could be anything else without the training and educational infrastructure.

  16. C@t

    TAFE has been revived here in Victoria and it has been popular, as there are heaps of courses available. There was an actual reduction in uni enrolments as a result.

  17. The WA Labor govt has done its best to revive Tafe here by slashing the cost of courses and making Tafe more accessible to people.

  18. If Morrison is gong to promise extra education and training as part of his recovery strategy, it will be another example of ripping the guts out of programs until there’s a crisis and then making himself a saviour (word chosen with care) by returning some money.

    The way it works is Scotty announces some money, then his minions make sure it isn’t delivered. (Bushfires, JobKeeper etc.) Lather, rinse, repeat.

  19. Campaign ads should reflect this reality.

    Amy Siskind Rainbow flag
    @Amy_Siskind
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    1h
    Just remember, as horrendous as Trump is now, he’s on his ‘best behavior’ ahead of the election. God forbid he gets reelected, what remains or our values and our democracy would become unrecognizable – in the worst kinds of ways.

  20. ….Pompeo, like his boss, is actively undermining the values embodied by the state department, its professionals and the Americans they represent.”

    Would that be the same Dept. that worked so hard to make Libya,Iraq,Syria,Afghanistan such a ‘success’ ?

  21. Meanwhile looked over some of last night’s thread.
    I fail to see the point of what pegasus and the posse were trying to make regarding Victoria having entered into a MOU last year with the Chinese govt regarding funding for infrastructure etc.
    It is not a legally binding agreement. Just a memo.
    Wasnt this the same pegasus who was railing against those who were demanding answers from China as soon as the pandemic hit?

  22. Thanks BK
    That SMH article where GregHunt decrees future lockdowns to be “unlikely” is hilarious.
    Apparently flying squads will zoom in to ring-fence and quell outbreak clusters of covid19.
    ” just like they did in NW Tassie”
    It will need to be a big fence when the outbreaks are all over Sydney.

    Gladys is allowing restaurants and pubs to operate with 50 people.
    People yelling and eating.
    Research papers about spread in these places were published in April,, ignored in May.
    2nd wave- bigger than the first.

  23. “Greg Hunt says states and territories are not likely to return to a lockdown situation again once restrictions to curb COVID-19 are lifted. He said in the case of any future outbreak of the coronavirus, “localised rings of containment” would instead be deployed.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/highly-unlikely-we-ll-return-to-lockdown-health-minister-says-20200525-p54w77.html

    So, what’s a localised ring of containment? Roadblocks around Parramatta? Send the army in to contain the CBD. How the fuck are we going to cope if a super spreader joins a train and suddenly you’ve got 50 outbreaks and lots of random untraceable infections?

    Hubris I think is the word for this.

  24. Victoria:

    The simple answer is when you view Pegasus’s comments through the lens of baiting and inflaming others, they all make sense.

  25. Vic and ‘fess,
    Do you have large sectors of Private Training Colleges that teach courses that TAFE used to do? We do in NSW. TAFES here are like ghost towns. Gladys almost got her wish to sell them off to Aged Care Providers here until she lost some political skin over the Sydney Light Rail schemozzle. So she couldn’t go forward with the plan as it came up against the last state election. I don’t think she would have forgotten about it entirely though. She’s a great fan of privatising everything.

  26. Maude exactly. Hosing down an outbreak in a hospital, where the rest of the community is in lockdown, is one thing. Having dozens of unknown infectious people wandering the streets of Sydney at a time when R is well over 1.0 – that’s quite another.

  27. @DocAvvers
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    31m
    Anglican bishops in the UK criticising the PM for not firing Cummings have received death threats for ‘interfering in politics’. Which is weird because the UK has an established Church which means that all Anglican clergy are part of the political establishment by default.

  28. I had to go off and write a response to my local “News of the Area” rag just now. The article was talking about “cautious optimism” over reopening tourism. The virus has been eliminated outside of Sydney. We need to keep it there.

  29. shellbell

    Sydney goes past 800mm rain for the year #weatheronPB

    Meanwhile on teh other side. Perth races towards 200% of last year’s rainfall, drowning in a whole……………………. 135mm so far 🙂

  30. Cummings. “I needed to test my eyesight.” Well, don’t we all? 😆

    He also admitted they made a separate trip after his family’s 14-day period of isolation to Barnard Castle, a beauty spot 30 miles away from Durham, which he claimed was necessary to check his eyesight was good enough for the longer drive back to London.

  31. C@t

    We had plenty of them. And most of them went belly up a few years back. Another liberal idea that funnelled money into the hands of their friends. Left students high and dry.
    When state Labor got back in at end of 2014 they started work on funding TAFE again and reopening the places that had been closed down during the tenure of the Vic liberals.

    Now that TAFE has been strengthened, I dont know how many private places still operate

    I guess that what shits me the most about the posting of Pegasus and the other fellow travellers.
    So much good stuff has been done over the past five years in this state.
    But all we get from them is crap. Wonder if they are still not over the mothers day visits. They really are best ignored.

    Anyhoo off to appointment for mum. Talk later.

  32. Vic:

    It’s also handy to remember that Pegasus never has an opinion she hasn’t copied and pasted from someone else, so it doesn’t surprise me to hear there are inconsistencies in her posts.

  33. C@tmomma @ #33 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 8:16 am

    Confessions @ #29 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 8:13 am

    Victoria:

    The simple answer is when you view Pegasus’s comments through the lens of baiting and inflaming others, they all make sense.

    Pegasus is off on a frolic again already? 🙄 😆

    Oh I see, last night. Yes, you provide evidence that the Coalition have done exactly the same thing and Pegasus just ignores it. Which leads you to wonder, why? (Rhetorical question 🙂 )

  34. C@t:

    I don’t know about the VET sector landscape here. What I do know is that the previous government jacked up Tafe fees and cut course numbers which the current govt has reversed. The impact of the fee increases and course cuts was felt more in regional WA than in Perth.

  35. Vic,
    As I observed recently, Pegasus operates off the base (in all senses of the word), assumption that trolling Labor endlessly will result in extra Greens seats at any subsequent election. nath as well. Unsuccessfully, mind you. 🙂

  36. Trump claims ‘great reviews’ for COVID-19 response — while complaining he ‘got no credit’

    In a tweet fired off this Monday afternoon, President Trump painted a rosy picture of the response to his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he’s received “great reviews” for his performance.

    Great reviews on our handling of Covid 19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus. Ventilators, Testing, Medical Supply Distribution, we made a lot of Governors look very good – And got no credit for so doing. Most importantly, we helped a lot of great people!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020

  37. Confessions @ #44 Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 – 8:24 am

    C@t:

    I don’t know about the VET sector landscape here. What I do know is that the previous government jacked up Tafe fees and cut course numbers which the current govt has reversed. The impact of the fee increases and course cuts was felt more in regional WA than in Perth.

    Yes, luckily for you, and us by the skin of our teeth, the campuses themselves weren’t sold off so they could be revived with an injection of cash. We just haven’t been fortunate enough to have a Labor state government for a while, as certain miscreants on this blog keep salivating over.

  38. Noam Chomsky says Trump a ‘sociopathic megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

    New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.”

    World-renowned intellectual and author Noam Chomsky called U.S. President Donald Trump a “sociopathic megalomaniac” whose leadership drove the U.S. to become “singularly unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic.

    “The White House,” said Chomsky, “is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac who’s interested in nothing but his own power, electoral prospects.”

    The administration has “no coordinated plan” for addressing the pandemic, meaning the nation will see “a lot more” deaths from Covid-19 on top of the nearly 100,000 confirmed fatalities that have already occurred, he added.

    Setting the stage for the current situation is that Trump kicked off his administration by moving to take apart “the entire pandemic prevention machinery,” including by “canceling programs that were working with Chinese scientists to identify potential viruses,” Chomsky said.

    https://www.france24.com/en/20200525-a-world-redrawn-us-coronavirus-response-fatally-chaotic-says-noam-chomsky

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