Federal parliament sittings

Jul 27, 2020

Q. Which of the following solutions would you prefer was used by the Federal parliament given the travel restrictions mean some MPs are not able to attend sessions in Canberra in person?

    Voting intention
  Total Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
Parliament sitting face-to-face as normal with social distancing in place for those who can attend 17% 16% 20% 18% 20%
Parliament sitting face-to-face with video conference for those who cannot attend in person 57% 59% 57% 64% 62%
Parliament not sitting until travel restrictions are relaxed for all MPs 13% 15% 14% 8% 9%
Unsure 13% 10% 9% 10% 10%
Base (n) 1,058 334 428 81 107

 

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Parliament sitting face-to-face as normal with social distancing in place for those who can attend 17% 21% 13% 21% 18% 12%
Parliament sitting face-to-face with video conference for those who cannot attend in person 57% 55% 59% 46% 53% 72%
Parliament not sitting until travel restrictions are relaxed for all MPs 13% 14% 12% 18% 13% 9%
Unsure 13% 9% 16% 15% 16% 8%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

The large majority of people want to see parliament continue to sit, either with social distancing measures, (17%), or using video conferencing options (57%). Only 13% would prefer parliament not to sit during the travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

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