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Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  05/07 15/02
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 62%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 38%
Base (n) 1,099 1,109

 

  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 protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 73% 69% 63% 74% 75% 75% 65% 69% 76%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 27% 31% 37% 26% 25% 25% 35% 31% 24%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (71% to 29%).
  • The expectation that managing quarantine should be a federal government responsibility has increased from 62% in February to 71% this month.
  • The view that quarantine should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is held by the majority of both men and women, all age groups and voting intentions.

Views towards Victorian Covid-19 outbreaks and the hotel quarantine system

Jun 22, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about the Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria and the hotel quarantine system 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
The Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria are due to mistakes in the local handling of hotel quarantine and returning travellers 41% 43% 39% 45% 39% 39% 31% 49% 37% 48%
The Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria are due to the fact that hotels are not designed as quarantine facilities and are not suitable as a long-term solution for quarantining returning travellers 59% 57% 61% 55% 61% 61% 69% 51% 63% 52%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • 59% of Australians think the Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria are due to the fact that hotels are not designed as quarantine facilities and are not suitable as a long-term solution for quarantining returning travellers. Labor voters and Greens voters are most likely to hold this view (69% and 63% respectively).
  • 41% think the Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria are due to mistakes in the local handling of hotel quarantine and returning travellers. Coalition and minor or independent party voters are most likely to think this (49% and 48% respectively).

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.

Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Feb 16, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 62% 63% 59% 57% 67%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 38% 37% 41% 43% 33%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (62% to 38%).
  • The view that this should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is consistent across all voting intentions.

VIC: View on hotel quarantine outbreak

Aug 11, 2020

Q. Information released by health authorities suggests that Victoria’s Covid-19 outbreak started with breaches in hotel quarantine. Which of the following is closer to your view…?

VICTORIA ONLY   Gender Age group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
This is mostly about individuals being irresponsible, and the focus should be on forcing them to be more responsible 56% 52% 61% 62% 63% 46% 55% 62%
This is mostly about failures in the system, with jobs in the security industry being insecure and workers not being given enough training 44% 48% 39% 38% 37% 54% 45% 38%
Base (n) 499 238 261 149 154 196 388 111

 

  • More than half of Victorians believe the breaches in quarantine are mostly about individuals being irresponsible (56%) than failures in the system (44%).
  • Women (61%) and 18-34 year olds (62%) are more likely to think this is about individuals, while men (48%) and those over 55 (54%) believe this is a systemic issue.

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