Essential Report

Views towards government support during lockdowns

Aug 3, 2021

Q. [Jun’21] 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?

Q. [Aug’21] As you may be aware, because support such as JobKeeper ended in April, people and businesses affected by the lockdowns across the country have not been able to get financial support from the federal government.

Some state governments have offered their own support packages but have 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?

  Aug’21 Jun’21
 
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 59% 55%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 41% 45%
Base (n) 1,098 1,104

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention State
  Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns 59% 68% 49% 72% 52% 62% 56% 55% 62% 60%
If state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected 41% 32% 51% 28% 48% 38% 44% 45% 38% 40%
Base (n) 1,098 371 402 90 128 352 276 220 86 111
  • 59% now think the federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns (55% in June). 41% now think if state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected (45% in June).
  • The view that the federal government should provide financial support to people and businesses affected by future lockdowns remains the majority view across all states.
  • Labor and Greens voters are the most likely voters to hold this view (68% and 72% respectively).
  • Of all voters, Coalition voters are the most likely to think if state governments choose to lockdown their populations, state governments should be the ones providing financial support to people and businesses affected (51% to 34% all other voters).

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