Several months into its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Government performance continues to be rated highly, at an index score of 62. This is similar to its July 2020 result – an index score of 63, which was the highest performance score for an Australian Government since True Issues began in June 2013.

True Issues is a research tool to assist Australian businesses to understand where their issues truly sit within the contemporary issues landscape. This poll was conducted as an online survey between 20th – 22nd November among a representative national sample of 1,035 Australians aged 18+ years.

Around half of Australians rate the Federal Government’s current performance as ‘very good’ or ‘good (53%). While this is a small decrease since July (58%), it remains almost twice as many as in February 2020 (28%). More now rate the Federal Government’s performance as ‘average’ (31%, up from 26%) but very few (14%) rate it as ‘very poor’ or ‘poor’, similar to July (15%) and less than half as many as in February (34%).

Overall, State and Territory Governments have maintained a similarly strong performance rating as a result of their COVID-19 response (index of 64, similar to 63 in July and higher than 50 in February), as have local councils (index of 55, similar to 56 in July but higher than 52 in February).

Similar to July, the WA State Government continues to outperform other states, with an index score of 77 (down from 83 in July but still well ahead of its February score of 49). SA State Government performance is now also rated above the national average, with an index score of 70.

However, opinion has softened on the newly returned Palaszczuk Government (index of 57, down from 61), now rated below the national average on performance but still well ahead of its own February score (index of 43).

This was an excerpt from our latest True Issues report, to read the full report, click the link below.

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