Expected restriction levels

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, what do you expect will happen to the restriction levels in your local area over the next two months?

    Gender State
  Total Male Female NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I expect restrictions will become tighter 39% 35% 43% 53% 38% 37% 25% 16%
I expect no change to the restrictions 39% 42% 37% 35% 40% 39% 44% 51%
I expect restrictions will have eased 22% 23% 20% 12% 22% 24% 31% 33%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • Australians are preparing for a continuation, or tightening of restrictions over the next few months. 39% expect tighter restrictions in their local area and the same number do not expect any change to the current rules and guidelines. About one in five (22%) believe that restrictions will ease.
  • Women (43%) and residents of New South Wales (53%) are most likely to expect restrictions to become tighter; while men (35%) and Western Australia residents (16%) are less likely to expect this.

Support for restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19

Mar 31, 2020

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following the following measures which have been implemented or suggested, to reduce the spread and transmission of Covid-19?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Closing Australia’s borders to other countries 88% 5% 74% 13% 7% 3% 2%
Making direct payments to people who have lost work due to Covid-19 82% 5% 57% 25% 13% 3% 2%
Closing pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes 81% 8% 57% 24% 11% 5% 3%
Closing borders between Australia’s states and territories 80% 9% 55% 24% 11% 6% 3%
Making direct payments to small and medium business who have lost income due to Covid-19 80% 7% 51% 29% 14% 4% 3%
Closing schools 69% 13% 43% 26% 18% 8% 4%
  • More than 80% of participants support five of the six implemented or suggested measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 – closing schools is the only measure with lower support (69% support).
NET: SUPPORT   Gender Age Group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Closing Australia’s borders to other countries 88% 82% 93% 77% 88% 96% 86% 91%
Making direct payments to people who have lost work due to Covid-19 82% 79% 85% 74% 82% 90% 81% 84%
Closing pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes 81% 76% 87% 73% 80% 90% 81% 82%
Closing borders between Australia’s states and territories 80% 73% 86% 74% 78% 86% 79% 81%
Making direct payments to small and medium business who have lost income due to Covid-19 80% 75% 84% 71% 78% 89% 78% 84%
Closing schools 69% 63% 75% 71% 69% 67% 69% 70%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • Women and participants over 55 years olds are more supportive of all the listed measures than men or participants 18-34 years old.
    Household
NET: SUPPORT Total Have dependent children Do not have dependent children
Closing Australia’s borders to other countries 88% 85% 89%
Making direct payments to people who have lost work due to Covid-19 82% 78% 84%
Closing pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes 81% 79% 83%
Closing borders between Australia’s states and territories 80% 80% 80%
Making direct payments to small and medium business who have lost income due to Covid-19 80% 76% 82%
Closing schools 69% 69% 69%
Base (n) 1,086 713 373
  • There is no difference in support for closing schools between participants with dependent child and those without (both 69%).

New Covid-19 restrictions

Mar 31, 2020

Q. You may be aware, on Tuesday 24 March Scott Morrison announced that from midnight Wednesday 25 March new restrictions will apply to a range of services including funerals, weddings, open houses, auctions, galleries and libraries. Although some states have decided to bring school holidays forward, Scott Morrison’s announcement said that schools should stay open.

Which of the following best describes how you feel about these new restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The new restrictions go too far 10% 13% 7% 12% 11% 6%
The new restrictions are just right 54% 55% 53% 56% 49% 56%
The new restrictions don’t go far enough 36% 32% 40% 32% 39% 38%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383

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