Essential Report

Preferred long-term approach to Australia’s quarantine system

Jun 22, 2021

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

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Hotel quarantine 9% 9% 8% 14% 9% 5% 7% 12% 9% 6%
Purpose-built quarantine facilities 65% 60% 71% 49% 64% 80% 75% 64% 57% 62%
Home quarantine 16% 21% 11% 22% 16% 10% 12% 16% 23% 19%
Unsure 10% 10% 10% 15% 11% 5% 6% 8% 11% 13%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • The majority (65%) of Australians think purpose-built quarantine facilities should be Australia’s long-term approach to safely quarantining international travellers. While this is the majority view across all demographics measured, women (71%), those aged over 55 (80%), and Labor voters (75%) are the most likely to think purpose-built quarantine facilities are the way forward.
  • Only 9% think hotel quarantine should be the long-term solution. 16% think home quarantine is the best approach, and 10% are unsure.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
Very poor 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8%
Quite poor 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12%
Neither good nor poor 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22%
Quite good 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40%
Very good 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18%
TOTAL: Poor 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19%
TOTAL: Good 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59%
Base (n) 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076

 

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 53% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year when this question was first asked.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has decreased in all states since last month, however it has fallen the most steeply in Victoria where it is now 42% (down 15 percentage points from 57% in May); disapproval of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 36% (from 22% last month) among Victorians.

State government response to Covid-19

Jun 8, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09
NSW 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57%
VIC 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50%
QLD 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66%
SA 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74%
WA 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for NSW where it is consistent with last month’s rating.
  • With the ongoing resurgence of Covid-19 cases and the lockdown in Victoria, positive rating of the Victorian government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak has dropped to 48% (down 15 percentage points from 63% in May) – this is the lowest rating since last October; Disapproval of the Victorian government’s response to Covid-19 has increased to 32% (from 20% last month) among Victorians.
  • Positive ratings of the SA and QLD governments have dipped to 67% and 65% respectively (from 71% and 68% in May).
  • At 75%, positive rating of the WA government remains the highest of all states. Despite this, it has decreased to 75% from a high of 91% in March this year.

Time to return to normal

Jun 8, 2021

Q. Thinking about the future, how long do you think it will take for the following to occur?

Within one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 18% 44% 30% 8%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 12% 34% 43% 11%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 18% 31% 31% 20%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 34% 44% 10%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 22% 35% 32% 11%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 14% 50% 29%
  • Most people think the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia in one to two years (44%). About a third (30%) think this will take more than two years. Only 18% expect the vaccine rollout to be completed within one year.

Quarantine facilities: Federal vs state government responsibility

May 25, 2021

Q. There have been growing calls to build new Covid-19 quarantine facilities across the country to more safely quarantine returning travellers.

Which of the following statements about these quarantine facilities is closest to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to build and manage quarantine facilities across the country 63% 62% 63% 57% 63% 67% 67% 56% 70% 64%
It should be each state government’s responsibility to build and manage quarantine facilities within their borders 37% 38% 37% 43% 37% 33% 33% 44% 30% 36%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 379 380 369 410 105 112
  • Most (63%) think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to build and manage quarantine facilities across the country. Coalition voters are less likely to think this compared to all other voters (56% to 67%).

Federal government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
Very poor 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6%
Quite poor 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11%
Neither good nor poor 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22%
Quite good 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22%
TOTAL: Poor 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17%
TOTAL: Good 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61%
Base (n) 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068
  • Since peaking at 70% in March, positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped off; falling to 58% this month which is the lowest rating seen since March last year.

State government response to Covid-19

May 25, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 24/03 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08
NSW 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59%
VIC 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47%
QLD 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73%
SA 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65%
WA 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has decreased in all states except for Victoria since last month.
  • The rating of the VIC government has risen to 63% (from 58% last month). This is the highest rating since June last year.
  • While still high, positive rating of the WA and SA governments has decreased to 77% and 71% respectively (from 84% and 75% last month).
  • Positive rating of the NSW and QLD governments has also decreased to 68% respectively (from 73% and 72% last month).

Views towards measures for people entering Australia from India

May 11, 2021

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures for people entering Australia from India?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Banning Australian citizens in India from entering the country due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission 48% 27% 25% 22% 25% 14% 13%
Penalties of $50,000 fine and five years imprisonment for anyone attempting to arrive in Australia from India 41% 33% 23% 18% 26% 16% 17%
Allowing Australian citizens to return from India provided they complete the necessary quarantine procedures when they arrive 56% 22% 22% 33% 22% 12% 10%
  • Over half of Australians (56%) support allowing Australian citizens to return from India provided they complete the necessary quarantine procedures when they arrive.
  • However, just under half (48%) support banning Australian citizens in India from entering the country due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission and 41% support penalties of $50,000 fine and five years imprisonment for anyone attempting to arrive in Australia from India.
TOTAL: Support Total Age Group Federal Voting Intention
18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other TOTAL:

Labor, Greens, Other

Banning Australian citizens in India from entering the country due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission 48% 37% 54% 51% 46% 56% 43% 47% 46%
Penalties of $50,000 fine and five years imprisonment for anyone attempting to arrive in Australia from India 41% 33% 49% 40% 39% 48% 31% 44% 39%
Allowing Australian citizens to return from India provided they complete the necessary quarantine procedures when they arrive 56% 49% 54% 62% 58% 56% 64% 51% 58%
Base (n) 1,092 340 372 380 371 400 109 111 591
  • While support for allowing Australian citizens to return from India provided they complete the necessary quarantine procedures when they arrive is high across age groups, those over 55 are more likely to support this than younger cohorts (62% to 54% and 49% respectively).
  • Support for this measure is consistently high across party lines.
  • Those 18-34 are much less likely to support banning Australian citizens in India from entering the Australia due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission than older groups (37% to 54% of those 35-54 and 51% of those over 55).
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