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Slightly more Britons (68%) than Australians (65%) now say their Government is handling COVID-19 well

Source: Roy Morgan web surveys of Australians conducted on the weekends of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020, n=987 and ORB International web surveys of Britons conducted on March 18-20, 2020, n=2,094 and April 8, 2020, n=2,112. Base: Australians aged 18+ and Britons aged 18+.

Over two-third of Britons (68%) now say the UK Government is handling COVID-19 well, up 19% since March 18-20, 2020. This is slightly higher than the 65% of Australians who say the Australian Government is handling COVID-19 well – which increased a large 22% from a week earlier.

Now two-thirds of Britons (66%) say the ‘worst is yet to come’ over the next month regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, down 16% from mid-March. The decline in Australia has been steeper with 59% of Australians now saying the ‘worst is yet to come’ – down a significant 26% in a week according to a special Roy Morgan web survey of an Australia-wide cross-section of 987 Australians aged 18+ conducted over the weekend of April 4-5, 2020.

In addition, almost nine-in-ten Britons (89%) agree the UK Government guidance on social distancing is clear and easy to understand compared to only 9% that disagree.

Interviewing in the UK was conducted on Wednesday April 8, 2020 with a UK-wide cross-section of 2,112 respondents aged 18+ by the London-based ORB International which is the UK Member of the Gallup International Association and affiliated with Roy Morgan.

Australians were asked a series of six questions to determine their views regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The first five questions were on a five-point scale with strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree and don’t know the available responses.

  • Question 1: “I am afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus?”
  • Question 2: “I think the Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well?”
  • Question 3: “I believe the threat from the Coronavirus is exaggerated?”
  • Question 4: “I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus?”
  • Question 5: “If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, I would be willing to be vaccinated?”

The final question was a choice between three outcomes. People surveyed were asked: “When thinking about the Coronavirus here in Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month. Either the ‘Worst is yet to come’, the ‘Situation will remain the same’ or ‘Things will begin to improve’.”


Britons were asked a series of six questions to determine their views regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The first five questions were on a five-point scale with strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree and don’t know the available responses.

  • Question 2: “I think the UK Government is handling the Coronavirus well?”
  • Question 7: “I think that the UK Government guidance on social distancing is clear and easy to understand?”
  • Question 8: “People in my neighbourhood are for the most part respecting the rules in place designed to save lives and protect the NHS?”
  • Question 9: “I/Member of my immediate household has experienced a decrease in income since the COVID-19 crisis started here in the UK?”
  • Question 10: “I/Members of my household are struggling to cope mentally with the current restrictions in place for COVID-19?”

The final question was a choice between three outcomes. People surveyed were asked: “When thinking about the Coronavirus here in the UK which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month. Either the ‘Worst is yet to come’, the ‘Situation will remain the same’ or ‘Things will begin to improve’.”


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Question 2: Do you think the Australian/UK Government is handling the Coronavirus well

UK & Australia Responses to Government Handling of COVID-19

Source: Roy Morgan web surveys of Australians conducted on the weekends of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020, n=987 and ORB International web surveys of Britons conducted on March 18-20, 2020, n=2,094 and April 8, 2020, n=2,112. Base: Australians and Britons aged 18+.


Question 6: When thinking about the Coronavirus here in the Australia/UK which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month

Is the Worst Yet to Come or not for COVID-19 in Australia and the United Kingdom?

Source: Roy Morgan web surveys of Australians conducted on the weekends of March 28-29, 2020, n=988 and April 4-5, 2020, n=987 and ORB International web surveys of Britons conducted on March 18-20, 2020, n=2,094 and April 8, 2020, n=2,112. Base: Australians and Britons aged 18+.


Question 2: I think the UK/Australian Government is handling the Coronavirus well

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Apr 8,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

%

NET: Agree

49

68

43

65

Strongly agree

11

21

9

21

Agree

38

47

34

44

Disagree

22

16

33

23

Strongly disagree

16

9

16

6

NET: Disagree

37

25

49

29

Don’t know

14

7

8

6

TOTAL

100

100

100

100


Question 6: When thinking about the Coronavirus here in UK/Australia which of the following do you think is most likely to happen over the next month

UK 18+

Australians 18+

Mar 18-20,
2020

Apr 8,
2020

Mar 28-29,
2020

Apr 4-5,
2020

%

%

%

%

Worst is yet to come

82

66

85

59

Situation will remain the same

15

29

11

33

Things will begin to improve

3

5

4

8

TOTAL

100

100

100

100


Question 7: I think that (UK) Government guidance on social distancing is clear and easy to understand

UK 18+

Apr 8,
2020

%

NET: Agree

89

Strongly agree

47

Agree

42

Disagree

7

Strongly disagree

2

NET: Disagree

9

Don’t know

2

TOTAL

100



Question 8: People in my neighbourhood are for the most part respecting the rules in place that are designed to save lives and protect the NHS (National Health System)

UK 18+

Apr 8,
2020

%

NET: Agree

85

Strongly agree

29

Agree

56

Disagree

9

Strongly disagree

3

NET: Disagree

11

Don’t know

4

TOTAL

100


Question 9: I/Member of my immediate household has experienced a decrease in income since the COVID-19 crisis started here in the UK

UK 18+

Apr 8,
2020

%

NET: Agree

44

Strongly agree

21

Agree

23

Disagree

28

Strongly disagree

25

NET: Disagree

52

Don’t know

4

TOTAL

100


Question 10: I/Members of my household are struggling to cope mentally with the current restrictions in place for COVID-19

UK 18+

Apr 8,
2020

%

NET: Agree

33

Strongly agree

6

Agree

27

Disagree

39

Strongly disagree

24

NET: Disagree

63

Don’t know

4

TOTAL

100