Essential Report

Preferred long-term approach to Australia’s quarantine system

Sep 28, 2021

Q. Which of the following do you think should be Australia’s long-term approach to safely quarantining international travellers?

  Sep ‘21 June ‘21
Hotel quarantine 6% 9%
Purpose-built quarantine facilities 49% 65%
Home quarantine 32% 16%
Unsure 13% 10%
Base (n) 1,094 1,087

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Hotel quarantine 6% 7% 5% 12% 6% 2% 6% 6% 8% 8%
Purpose-built quarantine facilities 49% 47% 51% 37% 43% 64% 50% 54% 47% 37%
Home quarantine 32% 35% 30% 35% 37% 25% 34% 31% 35% 37%
Unsure 13% 11% 15% 17% 14% 8% 10% 8% 10% 18%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130
  • There has been a shift in attitudes towards quarantine requirements in the past three months. Preference for international travellers to stay in home quarantine has doubled since June, from 16% to 32%.
  • Meanwhile, those preferring purpose-built quarantine facilities has declined from 65% to 49%, though this remains the most preferred solution.
  • Switching preference from purpose-built quarantine to at-home is seen across all demographics, for example with both men and women are less likely to prefer purpose-built quarantine facilities (men falling from 60% to 47% and women from 71% to 51%).
  • There continues to be little support for hotel quarantine as a long-term solution, with just 6% selecting this option (9% in June).

 

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