Essential Report

Speed of NSW lockdown

Jul 20, 2021

Q. Overall, do you think NSW moved too quickly, too slowly or at about the right speed in terms of enforcing lockdown restrictions?

NSW This week

19/07

Two weeks ago

05/07

Moved too quickly 12% 10%
About the right speed 44% 51%
Moved too slowly 44% 39%
Base (n) 354 553
  • Compared to two weeks ago, more NSW residents now think NSW moved too slowly when enforcing lockdown restrictions (44% from 39%).
  • Fewer now think NSW moved at about the right speed (44% from 51% two weeks ago), and about the same proportion think NSW moved too quickly (12% from 10%).
  State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moved too quickly 12% 8% 7% 20% 13%
About the right speed 44% 31% 34% 28% 19%
Moved too slowly 44% 62% 60% 53% 68%
Base (n) 354 277 217 89 108
  • People from other states mostly think NSW moved too slowly with lockdown. Western Australians are most likely to think this (68%), followed by Victorians (62%), Queenslanders (60%) and South Australians (53%).
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Moved too quickly 10% 13% 7% 14% 13% 4% 9% 10% 10% 13%
About the right speed 34% 37% 32% 39% 31% 34% 25% 44% 39% 33%
Moved too slowly 56% 50% 61% 47% 56% 63% 66% 46% 51% 54%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 373 386 375 414 100 117

 

  State
  NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Moved too quickly 12% 8% 7% 20% 13%
About the right speed 44% 31% 34% 28% 19%
Moved too slowly 44% 62% 60% 53% 68%
Base (n) 354 277 217 89 108
  • Women are more likely than men to think NSW moved too slowly with lockdown (61% to 50% respectively).
  • The sentiment that NSW moved too slowly increases with age – 47% of those aged 18-34 hold this view, compared to 56% of those aged 35-54 and 63% of those over 55.
  • Labor voters are the most likely to think NSW moved too slowly with lockdown (66%), followed by minor/independent party voters (54%) and Greens voters (51%). Coalition voters are the least likely to think this (46%).

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