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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