More Australians Assess Legal Freedom: Survey

A comprehensive study of Australia’s attitudes shows that the ongoing government blockade has led more Australians to respect their freedom to law.

At the end of the June 2021 quarter, 29.3% of Australians agreed to a statement that “freedom is more important than law.” This was a significant change compared to 21.6%, which evaluated legal freedom a year ago in the quarter to March 2020.

Overall, the positive attitude towards freedom has risen sharply after blockades and health restrictions have been regularly deployed by governments across the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March 2020, and by the end of the month Australia had entered an unprecedented national blockade, trapping people at home for most of the next two months.” Said Michelle Levin, CEO of Roy Morgan. ..

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Percentage of Australians agreeing with the statement that “freedom is more important than law”. (Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, July 2016 – June 2021. Quarterly average interview, n = 13,468.)

“Immediately after the national blockade was imposed, the percentage of Australians who agreed that” freedom is more important than the law “up 7 points to 28.6 percent. This number has been rising since then and is now at 29.3 percent in the June 2021 quarter, “she said in a press release on September 28.

The numbers were obtained from Roy Morgan’s Single Source SurveyA long-term research program on consumer behavior and attitudes conducted over several years. Every quarter, Roy Morgan interviews more than 10,000 Australians.

Women’s attitudes toward freedom also increased by 8.4 percentage points from 16.5% (March 2020, before the pandemic) and shifted to 24.9% at the end of June.

Men’s attitudes also increased by 6.8 points from 27% (March 2020) to 33.8%.

The numbers are also likely that younger age groups value freedom, with 38.1% of Generation Z (born 1991-2007) agreeing to the statement, 35.4% of Millennials (1976-1990), and Generation X (1961). ) Was also found to follow. -1975), 18 percent of baby boomers, and 17.2 percent of pre-boomers.

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The percentage of Australians agrees: Generational “freedom is more important than law” for the March 2020 quarter (COVID-19 and earlier). June 2021 quarter. (Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, January-March 2020, n = 10,852, April-June 2021, n = 16,183. Base: Australians 14 years and older)

Generation X and Millennials showed the biggest changes in attitudes compared to last year, increasing 12.2 points (Millennials) and 8.5 points (Generation X), followed by 6.4 points from pre-baby boomers and 5.4 from Generation Z. The points have increased.

“These two generations (Generation X and Millennials) are primarily made up of young people in their 20s and 30s, and make up the majority of construction industry workers who protested in Melbourne last week.” Levine said.

“Protesters who oppose compulsory vaccination and the recent blockade are very likely to agree that” freedom is more important than the law. ” “

Australia has the lowest COVID-19 infection and mortality rates by world, and state and territory leaders (excluding New South Wales) contain the virus, including blocking the entire city or state. Easily use strict measures for. Close borders (in some cases with a single infection) and enforce strict restrictions.

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Protesters will walk on Swanston Street in Melbourne CBD, Australia on September 22, 2021. (Darian Trainer / Getty Images)

For example, the Victorian government under Prime Minister Dan Andrews has strict measures to address COVID-19, including curfew, restrictions on movement within a radius of 5 km, and immediate “stage 4” restrictions such as closures. We have relied heavily on restraint strategies. A non-essential retail store.

Melbourne is currently on track to break the world record in the longest number of days under the blockade, and the city has endured a 243 day blockade since the pandemic occurred on October 1, last year. This is shy to the 245 day record. Set by Buenos Aires.

However, after six separate blockades, restricted Victorian frustration blew up in several protests in Melbourne last week. At the same time, there was a video showing that the police developed aggressive tactics, leading to an investigation by senior officers.

Daniel Y. Ten