Revealed: How Most Voters RETURN Dan Andrews’ Way of Coping With Coronavirus Crisis, Despite Victoria’s Second Horror Wave Caused By Failed Hotel Quarantine Disruptions
- Two-thirds of Victorians believe Daniel Andrews handled the Covid crisis well
- 61 percent of Victorians thought the Covid-19 restrictions were “about right.”
- A quarter said they were too strict and 10 percent said they were too mild
Nearly two-thirds of Victorians believe Prime Minister Daniel Andrews handled the coronavirus crisis well.
About 62 percent said they were satisfied with its performance, even though the virus escaped the hotel quarantine in late May and triggered a deadly second wave.
The newspaper for The Australian also found that 61 percent of Victorians thought the state lockdown restrictions were “ about right. ”
Nearly two-thirds of Victorians believe Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) handled coronavirus crisis well
Two women with face masks carry their groceries during lockdown in Melbourne
A quarter of people said they were too strict and 10 percent said they were too mild.
When asked how Mr. Andrews handled his job, 62 percent of voters were satisfied and 35 percent dissatisfied with a net satisfaction score of 27 percent.
The September net score had risen from 20 percent in July, as the second wave of infections began to emerge. In April this was 58 percent.
Andrews has been under constant criticism ever since he trapped Victoria again on July 8. The second wave of the state has caused more than 700 deaths, mostly in retirement homes.
It started when hotel security guards and staff failed to adhere to social distance requirements, contracted the virus and spread it throughout Melbourne.
The Andrews government has been criticized for using private guards instead of soldiers and police to run the quarantine system.
The paper also found Queenslanders back in Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk’s handling of Covid-19, with 68 percent saying they are doing well, although this was down from 81 percent in July.
Voters in both states supported Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s handling of the pandemic, with 77 percent in Queensland and 71 percent in Victoria saying he was doing “right.”
In terms of restrictions, 39 percent of voters across the country are now more concerned about damage to the economy and mental well-being than the risk of a higher infection, compared to 20 percent who held that view in July.
But 56 percent remain concerned that measures to ease restrictions were too fast, risking the virus from spreading further.
As for Queensland’s hard border fences, 53 percent of voters across the country say the level of restrictions is about right, while 37 percent say they need to be relaxed.
The National-level Newspoll of 2,068 voters was held between 16 and 19 September.
Victoria registered just 11 new cases on Monday – the lowest daily figure since June 16 – to follow Sunday’s result on 14.
It dropped Melbourne’s 14-day average to 34.4, well below the target of 50 to lift some virus restrictions by September 28.
But the prime minister has yet to confirm whether Melbourne will move to the next step on Monday, allowing some students to reopen a staged return to school and more workplaces.
“We’ll have more to say about that trial later this week,” Andrews said.
Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said Melburnians cannot afford to wait until October 26, when tougher rules, such as the 9pm to 5am curfew, will be lifted.
“These numbers dictate a faster, safer reopening,” said O’Brien.
‘The epidemiologists support it, the models support it. Daniel Andrews should start listening to the experts and no longer be a one-man show. ‘
Andrews encouraged anyone with a scratchy throat, runny nose, or headache to get tested for the virus. Pictured: Melbourne residents on Saturday
Opposition MPs want restrictions to be relaxed more quickly, as the lockdown threatens to put up to 400,000 Victorians out of work by Christmas. Pictured: A park in Melbourne on Saturdays