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More than 60 percent of voters are terrified that Sydney will be plunged into a Melbourne-style lockdown

More than 60 percent of voters are terrified that Sydney will be plunged into a Melbourne-style lockdown – despite NSW only picking up ONE new coronavirus case

  • A new poll shows that three out of five NSW voters fear a second wave
  • Fears a coronavirus outbreak and lockdown could happen, just like in Melbourne
  • NSW Health reported four new cases on Monday: only one was caught locally
  • 74 percent said they were happy with the NSW Prime Minister’s pandemic strategy

More than half of NSW voters are terrified that a coronavirus outbreak will force Sydney into a Melbourne-style lockdown, a new poll reveals.

A shocking 63 percent of the respondents to the Ipsos survey were concerned about a massive outbreak in the state.

This is despite the fact that since May at the end of the first wave of the pandemic, the state has had no more than 20 new cases per day.

Parishioners sing on Sundays at St Paul's Anglican Church, Burwood. Voters over 55 are more afraid of contracting the coronavirus, while 18-24 year olds are worried about losing their jobs

Parishioners sing on Sundays at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Burwood. Voters over 55 are more afraid of contracting the coronavirus, while 18-24 year olds are worried about losing their jobs

Victoria Police and Australian Defense Force personnel at a checkpoint near Donnybrook, Melbourne last month. NSW voters are deeply concerned about a second wave of covid

Victoria Police and Australian Defense Force personnel at a checkpoint near Donnybrook, Melbourne last month. NSW voters are deeply concerned about a second wave of covid

Victoria Police and Australian Defense Force personnel at a checkpoint near Donnybrook, Melbourne last month. NSW voters are deeply concerned about a second wave of covid

On Monday, NSW Health reported just one case of coronavirus caught locally from the Oran Park cluster in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Another three infections were found in foreign travelers who had already been quarantined from hotels.

The number of cases in NSW has reached 4,197, but most infections have long since been resolved.

Poll

Do you think the coronavirus could get out of control in NSW and force Sydney into a Melbourne-style lockdown?

NSW Health said it is now treating only 80 active cases, none of which are in intensive care.

The poll was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald and Nine News, and surveyed 863 adults online from Oct. 21-23.

The Ipsos poll found that people over 55 are much more afraid of contracting coronavirus than other age groups.

Reaction has been mixed on social media, with some voicing concerns that a Melbourne-style outbreak was possible in Sydney.

“Wear masks during transport, in shops and flights, Wake up Gladys makes it mandatory,” wrote a commenter on Facebook.

“Allowing churches to have 300 parishioners back in an indoor environment shaking hands and hugging (peace be upon you) or singing to extremely loud music is a recipe for disaster,” wrote another.

Others were skeptical: ‘It is the media madness that is causing these concerns,’ wrote one.

Nobody’s worried. What a nonsense headline, wouldn’t waste a click, ‘wrote another.

The Ipsos poll also found that 49 percent of voters – nearly half – were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to travel interstate or overseas.

Residents of NSW are not considered as low as residents of other mainland states such as Tasmania, Western Australia or the Northern Territory.

The poll also found that more than 60 percent of voters are concerned about an ongoing Covid-19 recession next year.

Ipsos director Jessica Elgood told the Sydney Morning Herald that economic anxiety varied between the age groups, with the 18 to 24 age group most concerned about losing their job.

The poll also found that while people are afraid of a recession, they are not so afraid of paying their daily bills.

In a bright spot of news for Glady Berejiklian’s government, the poll also found that 74 percent of voters are happy with the way the NSW prime minister has handled the pandemic.

Social media opinion is divided between those who fear the coronavirus will return and those who think it is not a serious risk

Social media opinion is divided between those who fear the coronavirus will return and those who think it is not a serious risk

Social media opinion is divided between those who fear the coronavirus will return and those who think it is not a serious risk

The Ipsos poll brought good news to NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured), showing that 74 percent of voters were happy with her approach to the pandemic.

The Ipsos poll brought good news to NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured), showing that 74 percent of voters were happy with her approach to the pandemic.

The Ipsos poll brought good news to NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured), showing that 74 percent of voters were happy with her approach to the pandemic.

It is the second sweet relief that Ipsos brought to the embattled prime minister in as many days.

Ms. Berejiklian has been cheated for two weeks by an abomination in which her most embarrassingly romantic details were splashed onto the front pages of Sydney’s media.

An Ipsos poll published on Sunday revealed that a majority of NSW voters felt she should remain in office despite revelations to the Independent Commission Against Corruption about her secret relationship with disgraced Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

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