Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:07

Victorians want immediate end to COVID induced travel restrictions

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An increasing number of Victorians want the 5 kilometre travel limit imposed due to the COVID stage 4 restricition scrapped now, according to a new survey.

The survey by Roy Morgan Research reveals that a rapidly increasing majority of Melburnians - now 75%, up 9% from two weeks ago - want an immediate end to travel restrictions and to be allowed to visit the homes of their immediate families (73% up 14% from two weeks ago).

And Victorians also want restrictions to change so that restaurants, hotels, clubs and cafes can be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing.

“This is the seventh Roy Morgan SMS survey on Victoria’s Stage 4 restrictions conducted since Victoria and Melbourne went into lockdown- COVID Stage 4,” said Michele Levine CEO Roy Morgan.

“Initially Victorians, and Melburnians who bore the brunt of the restrictions, were willing to comply. However, each week has shown increasing numbers of Victorians and Melburnians wanting the restrictions lifted.

“It is now up to the Victorian Government to create a COVID Safe environment. Last week the Sixth Roy Morgan SMS survey showed only 56% of Victorians had the COVID Safe app on their phone. It is unlikely Victoria will see a reduction in cases until proper tracing is in place. This latest research shows clearly Victorians don’t simply want to sit at home and wait.”

Victorians surveyed were each asked the following questions to determine their attitudes towards the current Victorian Government Stage 4 directives:

  • Question 1: “Melbourne residents are currently banned from visiting the homes of immediate family members with the exception of singles, delivering care or essential services. Should Melbourne residents now be able to visit the homes of their immediate families?” Yes 73% (up 14% from two weeks ago) cf. No 27% (down 14%).

  • Question 2: “Melbourne’s restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes are only allowed to offer take-away or food delivery services. Should Melbourne’s restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes now be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing?” Yes 62% (up 6% from two weeks ago) cf. No 38% (down 6%).

  • Question 3: “Melbourne residents are currently restricted from travelling more than 5km from their homes for exercise or buying essential items such as food. Should Melbourne residents now be free to travel more than 5km from their home?” Yes 72% (up 11% from two weeks ago) cf. No 28% (down 11%).

  • Question 4: "If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, would you be willing to be vaccinated?" Yes 85% cf. No 15%. Little changed from April 2020: Yes 87% cf. No 7%. Don't know 6%.

Question 1:

Should Melbourne residents now be able to visit the homes of their immediate families?

 

Victorians 18+

 
 

Aug 25-26,
2020

Sep 1-2,
2020

Sep 8-9,
2020

Sep 15-16,
2020

Sep 28-29,
2020

Oct 12-13,
2020

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

43

47

53

55

59

73

No

57

53

47

45

41

27

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

Should Melbourne residents now be able to visit the homes of their immediate families?
By Gender & Age

 

Victorians
18+

Gender

Age

 

Men

Women

Under 35

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

73

73

74

68

71

74

76

No

27

27

26

32

29

26

24

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Should Melbourne residents now be able to visit the homes of their immediate families?
By Melbourne & Country Victoria

 

Victorians
18+

Melbourne

Country Victoria

 

%

%

%

Yes

73

73

73

No

27

27

27

TOTAL

100

100

100


Should Melbourne residents now be able to visit the homes of their immediate families?
By Party Vote (Federal)

 

Victorian
Electors

Party Vote

 

L-NP

ALP

Greens

Ind/Others

Can’t say

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

70

79

69

58

69

65

No

30

21

31

42

31

35

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 2:

Should Melbourne restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes now be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing?

 

Victorians 18+

 
 

Aug. 25-26,
2020

Sep. 1-2,
2020

Sep. 8-9,
2020

Sep. 28-29,

2020

Oct 12-13,
2020

 

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

25

39

37

56

62

No

75

61

63

44

38

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100


Should Melbourne restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes now be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing? By Gender & Age

 

Victorians
18+

Gender

Age

 

Men

Women

Under 35

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

62

59

65

54

57

65

70

No

38

41

35

46

43

35

30

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Should Melbourne restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes now be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing? By Melbourne & Country Victoria

 

Victorians
18+

Melbourne

Country Victoria

 

%

%

%

Yes

62

61

66

No

38

39

34

TOTAL

100

100

100


Should Melbourne restaurants/hotels/clubs/cafes now be allowed to provide table service with proper social distancing? By Party Vote (Federal)

 

Victorian
Electors

Party Vote

 

L-NP

ALP

Greens

Ind/Others

Can’t say

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

60

73

55

46

72

63

No

40

27

45

54

28

37

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 3:

Should Melbourne residents now be free to travel more than 5km from their home?

 

Victorians 18+

 
 

Aug 25-26,
2020

Sep 1-2,
2020

Sep 8-9,
2020

Sep 15-16,
2020

Sep. 28-29,
2020

Oct 12-13,
2020

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

29

40

46

50

61

72

No

71

60

54

50

39

28

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


Should Melbourne residents now be free to travel more than 5km from their home?
By Gender & Age

 

Victorians
18+

Gender

Age

 
 

Men

Women

Under 35

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

72

71

72

73

65

69

72

No

28

29

28

27

35

31

28

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

                 


Should Melbourne residents now be free to travel more than 5km from their home?
By Melbourne & Country Victoria

 

Victorians
18+

Melbourne

Country Victoria

 

%

%

%

Yes

72

75

60

No

28

25

40

TOTAL

100

100

100


Should Melbourne residents now be free to travel more than 5km from their home?
By Party Vote (Federal)

 

Victorian
Electors

Party Vote

 

L-NP

ALP

Greens

Ind/Others

Can’t say

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

69

76

67

55

78

85

No

31

24

33

45

22

15

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 4:

If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, would you be willing to be vaccinated?
By Gender & Age

 

Oct. 12-13,
2020

Gender

Age

 

Men

Women

Under 35

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

85

90

80

83

86

84

88

No

15

10

20

17

14

16

12

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, would you be willing to be vaccinated?
By Melbourne & Country Victoria

 

Victorians
18+

Melbourne

Country Victoria

 

%

%

%

Yes

85

84

88

No

15

16

12

TOTAL

100

100

100


If a new Coronavirus vaccine became publicly available, would you be willing to be vaccinated?
By Party Vote (Federal)

 

Victorian
Electors

Party Vote

 

L-NP

ALP

Greens

Ind/Others

Can’t say

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

85

84

86

84

87

85

No

15

16

14

16

13

15

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100


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