Essential Report

Time to return to normal

Jul 20, 2021

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

TOTAL: Within one year This week

19/07

Last month

07/06

Three months ago

26/04

Last July

27/07/20

Interstate travel will be allowed without restriction 48%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in your state 42%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 37% 22% 30% 19%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 31% 18% 30%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 30% 18% 33% 22%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 22% 12% 23% 25%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 21% 12% 20% 21%
Australia will pay off its national debt 16% 7% 13% 11%
  • A similar proportion of people as in April think most of the events above will occur within a year.
TOTAL: Within one year NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in your state 48% 38% 33% 43% 44%
  • Those in NSW are most likely to think the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in their state within a year (48%), followed by Western Australians (44%) and South Australians (43%). Victorians and Queenslanders are less likely to think this (38% and 33% respectively).
TOTAL: Within one year Within the next six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
Interstate travel will be allowed without restriction 48% 20% 29% 30% 17% 5%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in your state 42% 13% 29% 36% 17% 6%
Unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels 37% 18% 20% 30% 25% 8%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in Australia 31% 11% 20% 35% 26% 8%
The housing market will return pre-pandemic levels 30% 14% 16% 28% 24% 18%
Quarantine will no longer be required after international travel 22% 8% 14% 33% 35% 10%
International travel will be allowed without restriction 21% 9% 12% 31% 37% 11%
Australia will pay off its national debt 16% 9% 8% 11% 42% 31%
  • Out of the events listed, people are most optimistic about interstate travel – just under half (48%) think interstate travel will be allowed without restriction within a year.
  • 31% of Australians think the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed nationally within a year. A further 35% think this will take one to two years, and about a quarter (26%) think this will take more than two years.
  • 31% think it will take one to two years for international travel to be allowed without restriction, 37% think this will take more than two years.

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