Miscellany: Newspoll state leaders ratings, trust in goverment and more

A second tranche of Newspoll results finds Daniel Andrews taking a coronavirus-related popularity hit but still doing well in absolute terms, with Gladys Berejiklian also down from earlier peaks.

It is apparently the case that Essential Research will, at long last, be including voting intention when it publishes its next survey next week. I also gather that it’s back to a fortnightly publication schedule after going to weekly for the first few months of the coronavirus crisis.


• My Newspoll post on Sunday night noted that the sample was an unusually high 1850, compared with the more normal 1500 to 1600. It turns out that this was done to juice up the New South Wales and Victorian sub-samples to 601 and 605 respectively, allowing The Australian to run a follow-up yesterday on the respective state governments’ handling of coronavirus. This predictably found a decline in Daniel Andrews’ numbers, though they remain high in absolute terms, with his approval down ten since a June 24-28 poll to 57%, and disapproval up the same amount to 37%. However, Gladys Berejiklian was also down four on approval to 64% and up four on disapproval to 30%, suggesting part of Andrews’ fall was purely gravitational. Andrews is still rated as having handled the virus well by 61% and poorly by 36%, compared with 72% and 25% from June 24-28 and 85% and 11% from April 21-26. However, the decline has been concentrated in the “very well” response, which has progressed from 51% to 32% to 27%. Berejiklian is at 68% for well (down eleven) and 26% for poorly (up ten). Scott Morrison is now doing better than both, at 72% well (down seven) and 24% poorly (up six) in New South Wales and 77% well (down four) and 20% poorly (up three) in Victoria. Results at national level found 76% saying they were more concerned about moving too quickly to relax lockdowns and restrictions, up four from May 13-16, compared with 20% saying they were more concerned about moving too slowly, down four. The poll was conducted Wednesday to Saturday.

• An academic survey conducted by the Democracy 2025 project, encompassing the United States, United Kingdom and Italy as well as Australia, records a dramatic increase in trust in the federal government (54%, compared with 29% in last year’s post-election Australian Election Study survey) and the public service (up from 38% to 54%), with smaller improvements recorded for the media (television up seven to 39%, newspapers up eight to 37% and radio up three to 41%). The survey was conducted from a sample of 1059 in May and June – small-sample state breakdowns provide another increment of evidence that Western Australia’s government is doing best of all out of the crisis.

• The Victorian Liberals have been spruiking internal robo-polling, apparently commissioned by Senator James Patterson, showing 65% to 70% disapproval of state government agreements with China as part of the latter’s “Belt and Road” initiative, based on a sample of 7000 respondents across seven marginal Labor-held seats.

• South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has confirmed the government will proceed with an attempt to introduce optional preferential voting in the state. Labor and the Greens are opposed, which will leave the fate of the proposal in the hands of upper house cross-benchers elected under the Nick Xenophon banner. A blog post by Antony Green tackles the issue with characteristic thoroughness. I gather they have thought better of clamping down on the dissemination of how-to-vote cards at polling booths, contrary to earlier reports.

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.

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  1. Lizzie @ #1599 Friday, July 24th, 2020 – 11:01 pm

    The virus is exposing the weaknesses in the structure of our society. This cannot be blamed on any single Premier but the PM is playing politics.

    Especially when people like this clown in her clown car are around and about causing mischief and mayhem:

    A woman who refused to co-operate at a Melbourne border checkpoint and uploaded the video to Facebook has drawn the ire of the state government and could be fined.

    The woman earlier this week posted the video in which she refuses to answer questions posed by a police officer at a checkpoint and is then waved through after a brief exchange.


  2. bill @ #1598 Friday, July 24th, 2020 – 10:53 pm

    the thing I don’t get is why there is so much snark directed at people who are genuinely making an effort and actually doing things. Greta Thunberg is some sort of autistic retard, Jacinda Ardern is Joan of Arc, Julia Gillard had a monotone voice and red hair, Penny Wong is a lesbian, anyone who tries is torn down by the rich pricks in the front bar.

    Yep, and dimstars like Tim Smith in Victoria are lauded.

  3. sprocket_says:
    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:02 pm
    Sorry I missed the earlier discussion about Collingwood – an ornament to society..

    You got that right:

    the guy in the center front of that photo, Joffa, former leader of the Collingwood Cheer Squad has worked for 20 years with the Salvation Army and other charities:

    However, few people know that he also does a lot of charity work. He is an ambassador for the Epilepsy foundation, he has worked extensively with the Salvation Army in supporting Melbourne’s homeless and he works closely with Reclink Australia, an organisation which provides and promotes sport and art for people who are disadvantaged.


  4. For context:

    “ COON is the Australian trademark of a cheddar cheese produced by the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter company. It was first launched in 1935 by Fred Walker.[1] Coon cheese is named after its American creator, Edward William Coon (1871–1934) of Philadelphia, who patented a method, subsequently known as the Cooning process, for fast maturation of cheese via high temperature and humidity.[1][2][3][4][5] Its name, which it shares with a racial slur, was defended by previous manufacturers Kraft and Dairy Farmers despite campaigns to change it.[6][7] On 24 July 2020, Coon cheese owners Saputo Inc. announced the name would be changed following a review.”

  5. C@T
    I thought the name Coon was retired in the early 1990s which goes to show how long these issues have been around for.

  6. Mexicanbeemer

    for last 20 years apparently, but it’s quiet stupid arguement really, because the cheese was named after the person who creaated it.

    Edward William Coon. This is one stupid argument I don’t support.

    It’s freaking food.

  7. “Edward William Coon. This is one stupid argument I don’t support.

    It’s freaking food.”

    Exactly. So why get all het up about the name being changed?

    It’s just the name of a cheese. Does it matter if they change the name from Coon to something else?

  8. Blobbit

    There are more important issues at play than forcing a brand to change it’s name since it’s creation.

    Like a Pandemic? People dying? Countries having a cross-boarder wars?

    The little anti-cheese activist needs to get their heads around bigger issues.

    The racist laws shouldn’t be applied on these cases.

  9. “Zerlosays:
    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    There are more important issues at play than forcing a brand to change it’s name since it’s creation.”

    That’s a crap argument. The people involved in the cheese debate are playing no role in the pandemic.

    This is between private activists and a private company. Tell me how it’s in any way influencing the outcome of the pandemic.

    And spare me the “wrong message” rubbish. That’s the last refuge of scoundrels on both sides when they can’t actually prove others behaviours matter.

    “BLM protests are bad because they send the wrong message”

  10. Andrew Greene
    Confirmed – Barnaby Joyce has told colleagues Vikki starts as a @dailytelegraph
    columnist tomorrow: “she is her own master, as one expects in 2020 relationships”

    Another major issue, conflict of interest.

  11. Blobbit

    Protesting is completely fine, I participated some when I was younger.
    Activating for name changes is just stupid.

  12. Zerlo
    There is one thing for sure. The gap between rich and poor will just grow wider and wider under the Coalition. There will be a new underclass when this all washes through.


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison considered a secret plan to boot hundreds of thousands of sole traders off JobKeeper but the proposal to introduce even tougher rules was abandoned in the wake of the second Melbourne lockdown.

    Senior ministers have confirmed that a plan to restrict access to the revamped JobKeeper 2.0 for sole traders was considered in recent month.

    It wont be long until they return to type. Sole traders just got away with it this time.

  14. Kudos to activists over that cheese brand. Decades of activism paying off as companies see the cost to their bottom line by hanging onto racist names.

    Progress in Australia is slow. It’s good to see it’s not impossible.

  15. I never knew why Coon cheese was called “Coon cheese” until today, but now that I do (it’s named after the inventor of the process used to make it), I feel pretty sure we’re about to reach peak woke in our increasingly mentally crippled and stifled society.

    The whole sorry mess of Australia has become more idiotic as of today. Some forms of words ARE dangerous, I suppose, and shouldn’t, for preference, be affixed to any product or service. But “Coon cheese” is not one of them.

    We’ve seen too many instances here in the last few days of the Great Conversation Stopper card – calling other posters “racists” – being played unhesitatingly by a small group of ideological terrorists. They arrogate to themselves the right to throw about this filthiest of epithets as a way of proving their own holiness. But its ubiquity also diminishes its meaning and impact, until it becomes close to useless as a term, except as an insult guaranteed to close off communication.

    You aren’t going to stop racial hatred by accusing anyone and everyone (else) who you disagree with of “racism”, just as changing the name on a popular brand of cheese won’t help Australian indigenous people one little bit. All you’ll do is generate a resentful sullenness, and drive any real racists underground.

    I doubt whether purchasers of Coon cheese buy it because they hate black Australians, or as some secret signal of their racist tendencies. I think they buy it because it goes well with crackers and dip. I do, but I’m disgusted that I hesitate to say here that I like the stuff, lest fingers be pointed.

  16. guytaur @ #1624 Saturday, July 25th, 2020 – 12:05 am

    Kudos to activists over that cheese brand. Decades of activism paying off as companies see the cost to their bottom line by hanging onto racist names.

    Progress in Australia is slow. It’s good to see it’s not impossible.

    I know woman called Gay, should she change her name?

  17. Barney

    Nope. That’s a different thing.

    The equivalent word you are looking for starts with f.

    The word used by that cheese brand was offensive to a large minority of people. To the point they waged a campaign over decades. When the issue of racism came up in focus again the company decided for commercial reasons to drop the name.

    Reason on both sides in the end.
    It was the choice of the cheese company. They decided the racist association is greater than the original intent of the naming.

  18. Guytaur
    If Coon cheese is named after the founder then it is potentially racist to complain about it because racism includes discrimination against a person’s name.

  19. No doubt it has been commented on already, but from the ABC news site yesterday afternoon:

    “The Federal Treasurer is keen on a coronavirus baby boom, urging Australians to have more children if for no other reason than to help grow the population and economy.”

    This reads like a parody. Yes, let’s have babies while a pandemic is happening… all to keep the population ponzi scheme of economic ‘growth’ happening.

  20. Barney:

    I know woman called Gay, should she change her name?

    ‘Gay’ is only used as a slur by homophobes to describe something bad. ‘Coon’ is unambiguously a racist slur.

  21. I think most aborigines would be highly amused by the fuss about Coon cheese.
    Any group that is not part of the healthy, well to do, white male patriarchy, dominant group can be further marginalised when name calling is used.
    For example for the disabled- retard, spastic, mongoloid etc
    Homosexual, – dyke, queer,poofter.
    Ethnically diverse-dago, nigger etc.
    Woman- slut ,slag etc.etc
    Fat people-slob, lard
    Old people.-dotard, Gaga etc
    Gay people have reclaimed ‘queer’ for themselves.
    Sometimes the names are not derogatory when they start out.
    The real issue is the dreadful and sad genocide and disempowerment of aboriginal tribes.
    If you think there is any doubt about what happened to them and whether they should have a treaty and have restitution read the first chapters of ‘The birth of Melbourne’ edited by Tim Flannery.
    I am reading it now.
    I am interested because some of my ancestors were movers in the early days of Melbourne (the Howitt
    Family) I have a chair embroidered by governor Latrobe’s wife and given to my great great grandmother .The revelations in this book are truly shocking . Perhaps Melbourne is getting a bit of karma

  22. The Morrison government’s economic response to the pandemic so far has been solid. Credit where it’s due. The federal government and the Reserve Bank mobilised serious quantities of national resources to protect the country from the worst global economic shutdown since the Great Depression almost a century ago.

    But this week showed a hesitant government, dithering in making the necessary shift to the next phase – to move from an emergency rescue to a growth plan. When Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann presented the government’s fiscal and economic update this week, it exposed the void at the centre of Australian policy.

    By the end of their joint press conference they were complaining that reporters kept wanting to know about the future and not just the past.

    Labor has been wise to respect medical expertise, too.

    But the economic situation is very different. It opens the first real opportunity for Labor to make some political inroads. And the criticism that the government has no plan for the future is a potent one.


  23. I had a classmate whose surname was “Gay“. This was in the 1950s and no one thought anything of it as far as I can remember. I wonder how he got on?

    I see that the Cheese Wars have concluded. I can drop that from my list of things to worry about.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher believes that the government is now starting to dither. This is an excellent contribution.
    And David Crowe says Morrison has outrun the avalanche but crisis remains.
    Ross Gittins says that this week’s measures and mini-budget aren’t expansionary, they’re contractionary.
    The economic picture painted by the Morrison government’s fiscal update just doesn’t seem to hang together – it’s not that the numbers are rubbery, just that they are unpersuasive, opines Laura Tingle. She says that in moving ahead the issue is not how much the government spends, rather it is identifying its own ideological roadblocks.
    But Paul Kelly says Josh Frydenberg is planning for light at the end of the tunnel.
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg gave his best Barry White impression on Friday, encouraging Australian couples to head to their bedrooms for the sake of the economy, writes Killian Plastow.
    “Can we now have a less brain-dead conversation about debt and deficit?”, asks a rather frustrated Katharine Murphy.
    Paul Bongiorno declares that the economy is in the deep freeze.
    Tom Switzer defends neoliberalism here.
    Dennis Atkins says that Morrison government’s labour law reforms will make a bad system worse.
    Matt Johnson writes that the future of rent moratoriums is under a cloud after the coronavirus payment changes. He says it is a ticking time bomb.
    Australia’s retailers are calling on the Morrison government to broaden the power of employers to cut workers’ hours and change duties, as Labor signalled it will oppose the move to extend flexibility linked to the Jobkeeper wage subsidy.
    Former RBA governor Bernie Fraser was at the helm during the last recession. He says interest rates aren’t going to help this time – it will be left to reform and fiscal firepower.
    The SMH editorial says that Victoria’s experience should dictate that NSW should strive to stop Covid-19-19 community transmission.
    Dana McCauley reports that in Victoria health officials have restricted asymptomatic COVID-19-19 testing to people instructed to get a test by contact tracers, despite the system being plagued by delays.
    And she tells us how the Royal Melbourne Hospital has updated its infection control guidelines to better protect healthcare workers after a spike in staff infections and COVID-19-19 patient admissions, as hundreds of workers isolate at home after being exposed to positive cases.
    Peter van Onselen writes, “Whatever mistakes state authorities may have made, it is the commonwealth that is charged with securing our borders. It had the power to deny the Ruby Princess access. It didn’t. It is charged with responsibility for quarantining, but via the national cabinet Scott Morrison handballed that responsibility to the premiers.”
    The AFR tells us that Scott Morrison has staged a dramatic intervention into Victoria by sending the army in to help escalate contact-tracing before the state’s coronavirus outbreak derails the national economic recovery.
    The disaster unfolding in Victoria’s aged care homes was “absolutely foreseeable”, one of the country’s foremost experts in aged care says.
    A third of Covid-19 deaths in Australia so far have occurred in aged-care homes. An investigation finds an underfunded and underprepared sector, explains Rick Morton.
    Aged care behemoths were granted an extra $200m to cope with the pandemic but refuse to provide critical paid pandemic leave to an overwhelmingly casualised workforce, claiming it’s the government’s responsibility. The government says the buck stops with aged care operators. Meanwhile, Victoria’s publicly owned homes, with mandated staffing requirements, have few reported cases of COVID-19. Dr Sarah Russell investigates.
    Phil Coorey writes that Dutton’s frustrations are echoing those of his colleagues.
    Dominic Powell and Clancy Yeates explain how many companies are beginning to have critical conversations about their viability after JobKeeper – and it’s not just the “zombie” companies.
    And Karen Middleton tells us why JobKeeper can’t stop a bankruptcy avalanche.
    Oh dear! A building in Sydney’s inner west above the Westconnex tunnel has begun to crack, forcing the evacuation of residents.
    This pair of medical experts describe COVID-19 as the wicked problem too big for medical experts alone to tackle.
    A multiple sclerosis drug may help treat COVID-19 and lead to faster recovery say these two medical experts.
    Australia has launched a pre-emptive strike on countries looking to hoard a coronavirus vaccine as the spiralling Victorian crisis continues. The PM has discussed a potential vaccine with French President Emmanuel Macron overnight and is confident like-minded countries would make it available if one is found.
    Anthony Albanese has responded to comments from ABC chair Ita Buttrose criticising Millennial workers as lacking resilience, saying the government must do more to create jobs.
    Jim Bright points out that working from home will require a rethink of noise restrictions.
    With the Covid-19 crisis making homelessness an even bigger problem, the A.C.T. Government is finding solutions to help those affected, writes Chris Mordd Richards.
    John Silvester reckons Victorians are more likely to listen to emergency leaders than politicians. He says it needs a coronavirus commissioner to lead the response and deliver the message.
    Mike Seccombe has a good look at the charity sector which is facing the prospect of collapse. It’s not a pretty picture.
    William Olson gives a first-hand account of how Melbourne’s hospitality industry was affected before and after the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
    Neville Power is the former mining executive leading the government’s Covid-19 co-ordination commission. Questions have been raised about conflicts of interest, but very little is known about the boy from Bushy Park, writes Margaret Simons.
    Sally Whyte tells us that bureaucrats’ travel documents, including credit card records and receipts, are able to be obtained under Freedom of Information laws, the Information Commissioner has ruled. In a decision that could create a precedent for other requests for such documents, Commissioner Angelene Falk said there was “strong public interest” in the disclosure of such documents.
    Two Australian ministers will fly to Washington this weekend for major talks with their US counterparts at the most tense time for relations with China since diplomatic links were established in the 1970s.
    A guard working for a subcontractor to Unified Security says staff were paid as little as $18 per hour in cash, given no training and were forced to sign confidentiality agreements. Everywhere you look at the gig economy these days you see bad things.
    Speaking of which, the multinational outsourcing giant Serco gave staff at a Melbourne call centre just 24 hours’ notice before standing them down without pay indefinitely because of a Covid-19 outbreak, after they had spent months helping Australia’s surging numbers of unemployed.
    According to Mike Foley Scott Morrison says state governments are keen to sign up to the federal government’s plan to speed up project development by handing over control of environmental assessments. It’s yet certain to get through the Senate though.
    The editorial in The Saturday Paper is concerned about the government apparently spurning the findings of Graeme Samuel’s report on the environment.
    The Adelaide Advertiser has been busy digging into Liberal MPs’ use of perks and allowances!
    Two SA ministers have hired QCs’
    Patrick Hatch reports that poker machine gambling losses in Victorian pubs and clubs fell by $710 million in the 12 months to June.
    Now is the time to rebuild towards a society that can mitigate and adapt to the threats that confront us – from climate change to pandemics, write Rachel Hay and Hannah Ford.
    Greg Sheridan explains why Boris Johnson’s bad year may just get worse.
    On the subject of Brexit, Marina Hyde in the UK laments that after four years of agonising ineptitude, we know how it goes: we give up the brink, and hand it over to the other side.
    Amelia Lester tells us how the bubble of American exceptionalism is bursting.
    Most of the Trump family kept quiet when Donald Trump stood for the presidency in 2016. Mary Trump reckons she knows why.
    Trump’s free-speech legal folly has merely emboldened his critics says Lloyd Green.
    The Ibrahim crew continue to impress with nominations for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    John Shakespeare

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    Jim Pavlidis

    Simon Letch

    Matt Golding

    Peter Broelman

    Sean Leahy

    Mark Knight

    Andrew Dyson

    Dionne Gain

    Jon Kudelka

    Joe Bencke

    Johannes Leak

    Michael Leunig

    From the US

  25. Zerlo @ #1614 Friday, July 24th, 2020 – 11:56 pm

    Andrew Greene
    Confirmed – Barnaby Joyce has told colleagues Vikki starts as a @dailytelegraph
    columnist tomorrow: “she is her own master, as one expects in 2020 relationships”

    Another major issue, conflict of interest.

    Look, I would have been surprised if she had started work as a Saturday Paper columnist, but not this.

  26. Confessions says:
    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Victoria and other Bludgers made this point yesterday.

    Peter van Onselen@vanOnselenP
    With all the blame for quarantine failures being directed at the states, who knew it is actually a commonwealth responsibility… https://theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/the-buck-on-quarantine-stops-with-the-commonwealth/news-story/eb81cf5c8dd6d3582ba710ee0552409f @australian #auspol


    i being say this from the beginning of the attacks on Andrews , it was Morrison and cronies responsibility

    As the bio security is under (federal )

  27. Fess

    And lets not forget the aged care sector.

    I have yet to see GHunt Health Minister and Richard Colebeck do a press conference here in Victoria to explain what they are actually doing

    I did manage to see a report last night on A current affair of all places, that the aged care facility in essendon had moved all their residents to a disused private hospital near my local university.

  28. Remember Scrott yesterday

    Morrison said there had been an “affirmation of the suppression strategy”


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reconfirmed the National Cabinet’s primary goal for Australia is to ensure there is no community transmission of the virus

    Elimination is right out as it would “crush the economy” and besides not possible. I commented yesterday about Scrott fudging definitions. What say an actual professor of epidemiology about Scrott’s comments ?

    Melbourne University epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely said aiming for “no community transmission” was actually the goal of an elimination strategy “That is what is defined as elimination – no cases of community transmission where the source for the case is unknown, for 28 days,” Prof Blakely told news.com.au.

    “It is great to receive this clarity from the PM that indeed our national goal is elimination.”


    Poor Scrott he can’t admit to being wrong so he’ll redefine ‘suppression’ 😆

  29. poroti:

    In a way I can understand the reluctance to commit to elimination as Scotty and co wouldn’t want to set themselves up to fail.

  30. Re Coon cheese. Of course, who cares what a company decides to call its product: lots of commercial names are changed all the time for no good reason at all.

    But it’s been a rather niche sort of cause, hasn’t it?

    The man who appears to have dedicated his life to a campaign to change the name of the cheese – an Indigenous”activist” named Stephen Hagan – has long claimed that the story about Edward Coon was invented by Dairy Farmers, and that the cheese was called “Coon” because it used to be sold wrapped in black cloth. (A story which I think sounds like a bit of an urban myth, but whatever.)

    I believe evidence was eventually produced that the man really existed and did own a number of cheese factories in Philadelphia and had filed a patent for a particular way of manufacturing cheese.

    But this didn’t derail the campaign. I can recall someone arguing a few years back that, even if the brand really was named after a guy called Edward Coon, the name is still offensive to Indigenous people and should be changed anyway. (I don’t know if he also expected all the people with the surname “Coon” to change their names.)

    Anyway, I hope Mr Hagan is pleased at the positive outcome of his life’s work, and will now move on to other critically important causes like getting Toto’s song “Africa” cancelled so it no longer bugs me every time I go to the supermarket.

  31. Victoria was undermined by the federal and state liberals and nationals from the get go.
    Giving the premier the moniker Dictator Dan.
    Demanding and putting adverts in papers to re open in economy and schools back in April.

    All the while allowing travellers back to the country to this day, whilst covid runs rampant around the globe.

    No frickin wonder the MSM and fellow supporters of the coalition are doing their hardest to scapegoat Dan Andrews, rather than where it should be. With the fiberals.

  32. Thank you BK for the Dawn Patrol.

    Lots to get through – already I like this story particularly

    The Ibrahim crew continue to impress with nominations for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    “I need you to sit down and really listen to this. I have a cunning plan,” Mr Bryers said in October 2019 as he and Mr Alex met in the luxury three-bedroom apartment. It had recently been purchased for $1.9 million via a company controlled by Mr McAndrew, a former Westpac employee, using proceeds from the alleged fraud which had been laundered through Singapore.


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