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.

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%).

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).

Time to return to normal

Jun 23, 2020

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

Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 12% 27% 35% 22% 4%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 11% 22% 43% 20% 4%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 11% 22% 38% 25% 4%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 10% 23% 39% 24% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 17% 37% 33% 6%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 8% 15% 31% 27% 20%
Australia will pay off its national debt 5% 9% 12% 52% 22%

 

WITHIN NEXT SIX MONTHS Gender Age Group
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Quarantine will no longer required after international travel 13% 10% 14% 14% 7%
A Covid-19 vaccine will be developed 15% 8% 16% 12% 7%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 13% 8% 15% 11% 6%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 12% 9% 16% 13% 4%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 8% 7% 13% 8% 3%
The population will build resistance to Covid-19 through exposure (herd immunity) 9% 7% 11% 9% 3%
Australia will pay off its national debt 7% 3% 9% 6% 1%
Base (n) 525 554 332 362 385

 

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