Essential Report

Attitudes towards Covid-19 pandemic and reopening Australia’s borders

Feb 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia and our national borders?

  TOTAL:  Agree TOTAL: Disagree   Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
I want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic 71% 8%   45% 26% 19% 7% 2% 2%
I don’t think I could stand another lockdown 43% 29%   24% 19% 25% 18% 11% 3%
After the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders 67% 11%   31% 36% 17% 6% 4% 5%
We should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally 71% 12%   43% 28% 15% 7% 5% 3%
  • While 7 in 10 (71%) agree that we should keep our borders closed until the pandemic is under control globally, 67% agree that after the vaccine has been rolled out, Australia should slowly and safely reopen its borders.
  • 7 in 10 (71%) agree that they want things to return to how they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 43% don’t think they could stand another lockdown. About a third (29%) disagree and a quarter (25%) neither agree nor disagree with this statement.

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