Essential Report

Easing Restrictions

Apr 21, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces and public spaces to start operating again?

    Age Group Employment Status
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
As soon as possible 9% 17% 7% 4% 11% 10% 3%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 9% 3% 5% 7% 5% 4%
Within the next month 14% 15% 13% 13% 14% 15% 10%
By the end of next month 13% 13% 12% 15% 13% 13% 16%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 37% 51% 56% 48% 40% 63%
Unsure 10% 8% 14% 6% 8% 16% 4%
Base (n) 1,051 341 325 385 533 268 202

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
As soon as possible 9% 11% 8% 9% 8% 7%  
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 5% 7% 6% 5% 5%  
Within the next month 14% 15% 14% 13% 12% 12%  
By the end of next month 13% 14% 13% 15% 14% 14%  
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 44% 53% 46% 48% 54%  
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 12% 14% 9%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Half of people think it is too soon to consider lifting restrictions. 29% think restrictions should be lifted within the next month (9% as soon as possible, 6% within the next fortnight and 14% within the next month).
  • Those most likely to want an immediate easing of restrictions are aged 18-34 (17%), those in paid employment (11%) and people with a high household income (Over $104k p/a, 14%).
  • People who are retired (63%) and residents of Victoria (53%) and WA (54%) are most likely to think it too soon to lift restrictions.

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