Essential Report

Views towards government support during lockdowns

Jun 8, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, because support such as JobKeeper ended in April, people and businesses affected by the lockdown in Victoria have not been able to get financial support from the federal government.

The Victorian government has offered its own support package but has said the federal government should be helping out too, as support for people out of work is usually the responsibility of the federal government.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 55% 54% 55% 58% 56% 51% 68% 41% 71% 50%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 45% 46% 45% 42% 44% 49% 32% 59% 29% 50%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 347 364 393 346 404 108 141

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 53% 58% 53% 57% 58%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 47% 42% 47% 43% 42%
Base (n) 349 278 225 89 108
  • 55% of Australians think the federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns. This is the majority view across all states. Labor and Greens voters are the most likely voters to hold this view (68% and 71% respectively).
  • 45% of Australians think if state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected. Coalition voters are most likely to think this compared to all other voters combined (59% to 35% respectively).

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