Easing restrictions

May 26, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  25/05 18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 14% 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 10% 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 23% 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 17% 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 9% 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,087 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 14% 18% 10% 17% 12% 14%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 10% 11% 10% 12% 9% 10%
Within the next month 23% 24% 23% 24% 22% 23%
By the end of next month 17% 17% 17% 15% 18% 18%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 22% 31% 23% 29% 28%
Unsure 9% 8% 9% 9% 10% 7%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382

Easing restrictions

May 19, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  18/05 11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 9% 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 23% 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 22% 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,073 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
As soon as possible 9% 12% 7% 8% 9% 10%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 13% 15% 11% 16% 12% 12%
Within the next month 23% 24% 21% 24% 19% 25%
By the end of next month 22% 22% 22% 22% 24% 19%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 25% 22% 29% 19% 27% 30%
Unsure 8% 5% 10% 10% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,073 524 549 339 349 385
  • Openness to easing the lockdown restrictions continues to increase, with just a quarter (25%) now believing it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.
  • Women (29%) and those over 55 years (30%) are most likely to believe it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions.

Easing restrictions

May 12, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  11/05 04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 13% 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 12% 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 22% 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 20% 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 27% 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 6% 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,067 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
As soon as possible 11% 15% 4% 17%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 10% 15% 4% 18%
Within the next month 17% 25% 35% 17%
By the end of next month 24% 17% 15% 17%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 33% 23% 35% 20%
Unsure 5% 4% 6% 10%
Base (n) 306 418 86 143
  • People are becoming increasingly open to easing the lockdown restrictions – now just over a quarter (27%) believe it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions and 20% say that the government could ease restrictions by the end of June.
  • Labor and Greens voters (33% and 35% respectively) are more likely to say it’s too soon to consider easing restrictions than Coalition and other voters (23% and 20%).

Easing restrictions

May 5, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces, and public spaces to start operating again?

  04/05 27/04 20/04
As soon as possible 10% 10% 9%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 7% 6%
Within the next month 21% 18% 14%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 13%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 42% 49%
Unsure 8% 8% 10%
Base (n) 1,093 1,054 1,051

 

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
As soon as possible 10% 12% 9% 11% 13% 8% 10% 12%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 9% 11% 7% 12% 9% 7% 9% 10%
Within the next month 21% 21% 20% 26% 18% 18% 22% 17%
By the end of next month 15% 15% 15% 12% 17% 17% 16% 14%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 37% 32% 42% 28% 37% 44% 36% 38%
Unsure 8% 8% 7% 10% 7% 6% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,093 539 554 341 372 380 734 359
  • People are becoming increasingly open to easing the lockdown restrictions. Those who think it’s too soon to lift restrictions has fallen from 49% two weeks ago to 37%.
  • One in five people think restrictions should be eased within the next month (21%).
  • Those aged over 55 are least likely to consider easing restrictions (44% say it’s too soon, compared to 28% of those aged 18-34).
  • Women are more likely than men to think it’s too soon to consider lifting restrictions (42% to 32%).

Easing restrictions on elective surgeries

Apr 28, 2020

Q. On 21 April, the Prime Minister announced that the National Cabinet had agreed to ease some restrictions from the weekend onwards. These include resuming elective surgery, IVF treatments, and allowing residents of aged care facilities to receive two visitors a day. Do you think it is the right time to ease these restrictions, have they been eased too soon, or has it taken too long for them to be eased?

  Total Age Group
  18-34 35-54 55+
Restrictions have been eased too soon 36% 44% 40% 26%
Right time to ease these restrictions 57% 49% 54% 67%
It has taken too long for them to be eased 7% 7% 7% 7%
Base (n) 1,054 343 332 379
  • 57% of participants believe it’s the right time to ease restrictions on elective surgeries and aged care facility visitation – but a third (36%) think they have been eased too soon.
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say the restrictions have been eased too soon (44%, 33% for 35+); whereas, 67% of those over 55 think now is the right time.

Easing Restrictions

Apr 21, 2020

Q. When do you think governments should start to ease the restrictions on travel and gatherings to allow offices, shops, restaurants, other workplaces and public spaces to start operating again?

    Age Group Employment Status
  Total 18-34 35-54 55+ In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired
As soon as possible 9% 17% 7% 4% 11% 10% 3%
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 9% 3% 5% 7% 5% 4%
Within the next month 14% 15% 13% 13% 14% 15% 10%
By the end of next month 13% 13% 12% 15% 13% 13% 16%
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 37% 51% 56% 48% 40% 63%
Unsure 10% 8% 14% 6% 8% 16% 4%
Base (n) 1,051 341 325 385 533 268 202

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
As soon as possible 9% 11% 8% 9% 8% 7%  
Within the next 1 to 2 weeks 6% 5% 7% 6% 5% 5%  
Within the next month 14% 15% 14% 13% 12% 12%  
By the end of next month 13% 14% 13% 15% 14% 14%  
It is too soon to consider easing restrictions 49% 44% 53% 46% 48% 54%  
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 12% 14% 9%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Half of people think it is too soon to consider lifting restrictions. 29% think restrictions should be lifted within the next month (9% as soon as possible, 6% within the next fortnight and 14% within the next month).
  • Those most likely to want an immediate easing of restrictions are aged 18-34 (17%), those in paid employment (11%) and people with a high household income (Over $104k p/a, 14%).
  • People who are retired (63%) and residents of Victoria (53%) and WA (54%) are most likely to think it too soon to lift restrictions.

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