Despite being called “bootlicking statists” by (some) right-wingers from across the pond (who ironically, in normal times, are the ones advocating for stricter border policies), many Australians are happy with their government’s response to the pandemic, a recent poll suggests.
“More than a year after the nation’s borders were closed, preventing Australians from travelling overseas without an exemption, a Lowy Institute poll has shown only… 18 per cent of people, feel all Australians should be free to leave the country,” SBS News reported on Monday.
The survey was completed between the 15th and the 29th of March 2021, by 2,222 adults.
41% – almost half the respondents – agreed with the current international travel ban, which requires Australians to apply for special exemptions before being allowed to leave the country.
“But equally, 40 per cent also believed those who have been vaccinated should be free to leave,” SBS News reports.
More key findings included:
- The majority of Australians (59%) say the federal government has done the right amount in helping Australians overseas return home, while one third (33%) say the government has not done enough.
- Almost all Australian adults (95%) say that Australia has handled COVID-19 well, with a 22-point jump in those saying Australia has handled COVID-19 ‘very well’. By contrast, only 19% say the United Kingdom has handled the pandemic well, and 7% say the United States has handled COVID-19 well.
- More Australians in 2021 say that China has handled COVID-19 well compared with last year, with 45% saying China has handled it very or fairly well (up 14 points from 2020).
- Eight in ten (83%) say Australia should help Pacific Island countries to pay for COVID-19 vaccines, and 60% say the same about Southeast Asian countries.
To see the full results of the poll, head on over to the Lowy Institute.
Australia’s success in containing the virus has been the subject of much debate in America, with videos showing what life is like with 0 locally acquired Covid cases igniting controversy online as some asked their compatriots why Americans didn’t comply with rules like Australia did, and others arguing it wasn’t that simple (or simply sounding off in the comments).
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The survey, it’s worth noting, was conducted before the Australian government implemented an India travel ban in response to the increase in Covid cases in hotel quarantine from people arriving from India.
At the time of writing Australia has had 29,841 total cases and 910 deaths. Globally there have been 153M total cases and 3.2M deaths.