Scott Morrison has come up trumps in a survey comparing how world leaders have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Museum of Australian Democracy worked with Ipsos and researchers in Italy, the United States and UK to examine the public view of the threat posed by COVID-19 and trust in political leaders.
The research put the prime minister well ahead in terms of being viewed as competent in his handling of the outbreak, followed by Italy’s Giuseppe Conte, the UK’s Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump.
Citizens’ perception of the threat of the virus to themselves personally is highest in the UK – where the rate of deaths per capita is highest – while concerns about the economic threat are somewhat greater in the UK and Italy when compared to the US and Australia.
Concern about the national threat posed by the virus is highest in the UK.
Two-thirds of Britons consider the virus a high or very high threat compared to six in 10 in the US and Italy and one in three in Australia.
Mr Morrison came out best of the four leaders in all descriptions of how they handled the pandemic, including “cares about people like me”, “listens to experts” and “handling the outbreak competently”.
Mr Trump fared worst in every category, with two-thirds of those surveyed saying he “acts in his own interests”.
While there were big partisan differences in Italy, the US and the UK, in Australia a majority of both government and opposition party supporters think the government’s leader is handling the coronavirus well.