Essential Report

Decision maker for mandatory vaccinations for workers

Sep 14, 2021

Q. Some employers want to require their workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government should coordinate uniform laws across the states 45% 46% 43% 32% 41% 59% 42% 53% 29% 41%
Individual state health authorities should impose health mandates on their states 25% 23% 26% 34% 24% 17% 29% 22% 28% 22%
Individual workplaces should be able to make decisions about their own workers 31% 30% 31% 34% 34% 25% 29% 25% 43% 38%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government should coordinate uniform laws across the states 51% 44% 42% 37% 41%
Individual state health authorities should impose health mandates on their states 19% 28% 21% 32% 34%
Individual workplaces should be able to make decisions about their own workers 30% 27% 37% 31% 25%
Base (n) 352 274 217 89 111
  • More people think the federal government should take the responsibility for mandatory vaccinations for workers by coordinating uniform laws across states (45%), than those who think this responsibility should be left to individual state governments (25%), or individual workplaces (31%).
  • Those most likely to want the federal government to take responsibility for decisions on mandatory vaccinations for workers include those aged over 55 (59%), Coalition voters (53%) and people in NSW (51%).

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