Essential Report

Support for mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Some have suggested that Covid-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk (e.g. healthcare, aged and disability care, education).

To what extent would you support or oppose mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 52% 53% 51% 40% 49% 65% 54% 57% 47% 45%
Somewhat support 23% 23% 22% 29% 23% 17% 23% 24% 24% 22%
Neither support nor oppose 15% 14% 15% 19% 15% 11% 14% 10% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 5% 6% 4% 7% 5% 2% 5% 4% 6% 2%
Strongly oppose 6% 4% 8% 5% 8% 4% 4% 4% 3% 14%
TOTAL: Support 75% 76% 73% 69% 72% 82% 77% 82% 72% 67%
TOTAL: Oppose 10% 9% 12% 12% 13% 7% 9% 8% 9% 15%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Three-quarters of people would support the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk, with just 10% opposing.
  • Support is highest among those aged over 55 (82%). Over half of both Coalition and Labor voters would strongly support the introduction of mandatory vaccines for high-risk workers (57% and 54%).
  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Strongly support 59% 50% 56% 36% 43%
Somewhat support 22% 21% 19% 32% 28%
Neither support nor oppose 11% 16% 17% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 4% 5% 3% 6% 7%
Strongly oppose 5% 8% 5% 7% 5%
TOTAL: Support 80% 71% 75% 68% 71%
TOTAL: Oppose 9% 13% 8% 13% 11%
Base (n) 352 277 219 87 109

 

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