Most Australians remain concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic (85%, up from 81%) and their level of concern is increasing. Half (50%) of adults are now extremely or very concerned about COVID-19, up from 41% in February 2021.
True Issues is a research tool to assist Australian businesses to understand where their issues truly sit within the contemporary issues landscape. This poll was conducted as an online survey between the 15th – 19th July among a representative national sample of 1,000 Australians aged 18+ years.
Concern across most mainland states is in line with national opinion, however Queenslanders remain a little more relaxed (78% concerned), despite the periodic outbreaks across their state.
Similarly, most Australians (82%) remain concerned about the national economic impact of the pandemic with half (50%) of adults extremely or very concerned.
Other key concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic are:
- the ability of the health system to cope (78%, up from 70%)
- borders being open to states with a COVID-19 outbreak (75%, up from 71%)
- another lockdown due to another wave (74%, up from 68%)
- the vaccine rollout (74%)
- not being able to visit family and friends (73%, up from 68%)
With many in NSW being three weeks into the state’s latest lockdown at the time of this survey, more NSW residents are extremely or very concerned about getting COVID-19 themselves or their family or friends getting it, relative to other states.
Similarly, having already experienced multiple short lockdowns in 2021 as a result of cases brought in from interstate, more Victorians are extremely or very concerned about borders being open to states where there is a COVID-19 outbreak and the possibility of facing another lockdown.
Younger adults continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 more acutely than older groups. Concern about the health and financial impacts COVID-19, as well as not being able to travel, is significantly stronger among 18 to 34 year olds.
This was an excerpt from our latest True Issues report, to read the full report, click the link below.
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