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60% of Victorians want ‘State of Emergency’ to continue for 9 months until December 2021

This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with a Victoria-wide cross-section of 2,098 Victorians aged 18+ on Wednesday February 3 – Thursday February 4, 2021. Fewer than 10% of respondents were interviewed after the announcement at 10.30pm on Wednesday night of a case of COVID-19 infection in Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program.

A clear majority of 60% of Victorians want the ‘State of Emergency’ extended for a further nine months until December 2021 according to a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey conducted with a representative cross-section of 2,098 Victorians aged 18+ since yesterday afternoon.

There is little difference between the two regions of Victoria with 61% of Melburnians and 60% of Country Victorians saying the State of Emergency should be extended for nine months.

A clear majority of men (59%) and women (62%) say the State of Emergency should be extended for nine months until December 2021.

Nearly two thirds of Victorians aged 35-49 (63%) and 50-64 (also 63%) say the State of Emergency should be extended for nine months but support is slightly lower at either end of the age spectrum. 59% of people aged under 35 and 57% of those aged 65+ say the State of Emergency should be extended.

The biggest differences emerge when looking at people’s voting intentions. Nearly three-quarters of Greens supporters (73%) say Victoria’s State of Emergency should be continued for nine months compared to around two-thirds of ALP supporters (65%) and just over half of L-NP supporters (56%).

Victorians surveyed were asked: “In March 2020 Victoria entered a State of Emergency in response to the serious risk to public health from Coronavirus. Premier Daniel Andrews wants to extend the State of Emergency for nine months until December 2021. Should the State of Emergency be extended or not?

This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with a Victoria-wide cross-section of 2,098 Victorians aged 18+ on Wednesday February 3 – Thursday February 4, 2021. Fewer than 10% of respondents were interviewed after the announcement at 10.30pm on Wednesday night of a case of COVID-19 infection in Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program.

Michele Levine CEO Roy Morgan, says a majority of Victorians of all political persuasions, ages, genders and regions are in favour of extending the ‘State of Emergency’ for nine months until December 2021:

“A clear majority of 60% of Victorians favour extending the State of Emergency for an additional nine months until December 2021. The news overnight of a COVID-19 infection in a quarantine hotel worker in Melbourne has again highlighted that Victoria is a long way from the end of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 vaccines are due to start rolling out around Australia in the next few weeks but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested that it will take until it least October 2021 before any Australian that wants to be vaccinated can be assured they will have the ‘jab’.

“That time-line suggests we will be dealing with outbreaks for many months to come that require the re-imposition of restrictions on gathering sizes and movement, border controls and even city-wide or targeted lockdowns. All these measures are enacted under the State of Emergency currently operating in Victoria and underlie the reasons Premier Daniel Andrews is pushing for an extension.

“Although there is agreement amongst Victorians of all ages, genders and regions that the State of Emergency should be extended there is some difference when it comes to people’s political alignment.

“Nearly three-quarters of Greens supporters (73%) say Victoria’s State of Emergency should be extended for nine months but this drops to 65% of ALP supporters and 56% of L-NP supporters.”

In March 2020 Victoria entered a State of Emergency in response to the serious risk to public health from Coronavirus. Premier Daniel Andrews wants to extend the State of Emergency for 9 months until December 2021.

Should the State of Emergency be extended or not?

By Gender & Age


Victorians
18+

Gender

Age

Men

Women

Under 35

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

60

59

62

59

63

63

57

    No

40

41

38

41

37

37

43

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Should the State of Emergency be extended or not?

By Melbourne & Country Victoria


Victorians
18+

Melbourne

Country Victoria

%

%

%

Yes

60

61

60

No

40

39

40

TOTAL

100

100

100

Should the State of Emergency be extended or not?

By Party Vote (Federal)


Victorian
Electors

Party Vote

L-NP

ALP

Greens

Ind./Others

Can’t say

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

62

56

65

73

58

59

No

38

44

35

27

42

41

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


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