Essential Report

Views towards reopening international borders

Sep 14, 2021

Q. Thinking about reopening Australia’s international borders, 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
We need to accept some deaths to reopen our borders as the cost of remaining closed is too high 20% 24% 17% 20% 23% 19% 12% 26% 18% 24%
We need to accept some deaths but must take every reasonable step to minimise deaths, even if it means slowing our reopening 45% 43% 48% 46% 45% 45% 48% 46% 47% 43%
We cannot accept any deaths that could be prevented by keeping our borders closed until it’s safe to reopen them 34% 34% 35% 35% 32% 36% 40% 27% 34% 33%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
We need to accept some deaths to reopen our borders as the cost of remaining closed is too high 24% 22% 18% 14% 15%
We need to accept some deaths but must take every reasonable step to minimise deaths, even if it means slowing our reopening 49% 47% 42% 47% 39%
We cannot accept any deaths that could be prevented by keeping our borders closed until it’s safe to reopen them 27% 30% 40% 40% 46%
Base (n) 352 274 217 89 111
  • When thinking about reopening Australia’s international borders, 45% think we need to accept some deaths but must take every reasonable step to minimise deaths, even if it means slowing our reopening.
  • A third (34%) think we cannot accept any deaths that could be prevented by keeping our borders closed until it’s safe to reopen them. 20% think we need to accept some deaths to reopen our borders as the cost of remaining closed is too high.
  • Men are more likely than women to think the cost of remaining closed is too high (24% to 17%), as are Coalition voters compared to all other voters (26% to 15%).

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