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Before Morrison's Sunday night talk to the nation over two-thirds of Australians (69%) claim they are self-isolating

A special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey of an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,069 Australians aged 18+ conducted on Friday March 27 – Saturday March 28, 2020.

Over two-thirds of Australians (69%) claim they are following Government directives to self-isolate as much as possible to fight the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. However, 31% say they were 'not' self-isolating according to a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey of an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,069 Australians aged 18+ conducted on Friday March 27 – Saturday March 28, 2020.

The survey conducted before Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Sunday evening (last night) talk to the nation creating a new two-person rule on gatherings is an important benchmark to see if more Australians self-isolate when Roy Morgan repeats the survey.

People surveyed were asked four questions to determine their attitudes towards the current Government directives to self-isolate:

  • Question 1: “Are you, yourself, self-isolating?”
  • Question 2: “Are you in a risk group or not?”
  • Question 3: “Who have you been with in the last 24 hours since this time yesterday?”
  • Question 4: “Would you be likely to self-isolate if your doctor told you that you’re in a risk group?”


Self-isolation most likely for Women and older Australians

Analysis by Gender shows more women (73%) claim to be self-isolating than men (65%).

Analysis by Age shows older Australians aged 65+ (84%) are the most likely to claim to be self-isolating ahead of young Australians aged under 25 (70%). In contrast less than two-thirds of those aged 50-64 (66%), 25-34 (65%) and 35-49 (62%) claim to be self-isolating.


Older Australians are the only age group where a majority identify themselves as a 'risk group'

Over two-thirds of Australians (69%) say they are not in a risk group and this majority is consistent across both Genders and younger age groups.

Analysis by Gender shows nearly three-quarters of men (73%) and two-thirds of women (64%) say they are not in a risk group.

Large majorities of those aged under 25 (90%), 35-49 (84%) and 25-34 (80%) say they are not in a risk group. This drops to under two-thirds of those aged 50-64 (65%).

However, older Australians aged over 65 are aware about COVID-19 and over three quarters (77%) say they are in a risk group.

Of those who claim they are self-isolating 63% say they are not in a risk group while of those who do not claim they are self-isolating a much higher majority of 82% say they are not in a risk group.


Three quarters of Australians have been with their family in the last 24 hours

Three-quarters of Australians (75%) say they have been with members of their family over the last 24 hours. This result is consistent both for Australians who claim they are self-isolating (76%) and those who claim they are not self-isolating (75%).

Over a fifth of Australians (22%) say they have been with business colleagues over the last 24 hours. A substantial 49% of Australians who claim they are not self-isolating have been with business colleagues over the last 24 hours compared to only 10% of those who claim they are self-isolating.

Just over one-in-ten Australians (11%) say they have been with friends over the last 24 hours including 18% of Australians who claim they are not self-isolating and only 8% who claim they are self-isolating.

In addition, about one-in-seven Australians (14%) have been with other people over the last 24 hours. This rises to 25% of Australians who claim they are not self-isolating compared to only 9% of Australians who claim they are self-isolating.

Overall 88% of Australians have been with somebody over the last 24 hours compared to 12% who haven’t been with anybody.


Almost all Australians will self-isolate on doctor’s orders

A super majority of 97% of Australians would self-isolate if their doctor advised them they were in a risk group and this viewpoint is consistent across both Genders and all age groups.

At least 95% of both Genders and all age groups agree that they would follow doctor’s orders to self-isolate if their doctor told them they were in a risk group.


Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says around two-thirds of Australians claim they are adhering to the government directive to self-isolate however it is concerning that nearly a third (31%) say they are not self-isolating:

“A majority of over two-thirds of Australians (69%) claim they are self-isolating even before Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s directive on Sunday evening to restrict public gatherings to only one other person you are not living with.

“This figure is remarkably high when one considers the rising fatality counts in many overseas countries including Italy (over 10,000 deaths), Spain (over 6,000 deaths), United States (over 2,000 deaths) and the United Kingdom (over 1,000 deaths).

“This relatively ‘relaxed’ attitude to the directives to socially-isolate is likely due to the fact that at present there have only been 16 deaths in Australia attributed to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In addition only 23 further Australians are currently hospitalised in a serious or critical condition. This is less than 1% of Australia’s 4,000 odd cases.

“Roy Morgan will repeat this survey in the next few days to determine whether Morrison’s appeals to self-isolate in no more than groups of two and avoid contact with people will lead to a rise in Australians who claim to be self-isolating or not.”



Are you, yourself, self-isolating – by Gender & Age

Are you, yourself, self-isolating? By Gender & Age

Source: Roy Morgan Special Snap SMS Poll of Australians conducted from 6pm on Friday March 27 to 4pm on Saturday March 28, 2020, n=2,069. Base: Australians aged 18+.


Are you in a risk group or not – by Gender & Age

Are you in a risk group? By Gender & Age

Source: Roy Morgan Special Snap SMS Poll of Australians conducted from 6pm on Friday March 27 to 4pm on Saturday March 28, 2020, n=2,069. Base: Australians aged 18+.


Who have you been with in the last 24 hours since this time yesterday – By Gender

Who have you been with over the last 24 hours since this time yesterday? By Gender

Source: Roy Morgan Special Snap SMS Poll of Australians conducted from 6pm on Friday March 27 to 4pm on Saturday March 28, 2020, n=2,069. Base: Australians aged 18+.


Question 1:

Are you, yourself, self-isolating – by Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

69

65

73

70

65

62

66

84

No

31

35

27

30

35

38

34

16

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Are you, yourself, self-isolating – by State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

69

74

74

63

66

64

62

No

31

26

26

37

34

36

38

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 2:

Are you in a risk group or not – by Self-isolation

Self-Isolation

Australians
18+

Yes

No

%

%

%

Yes

31

37

18

No

69

63

82

TOTAL

100

100

100


Are you in a risk group or not – by Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

31

27

36

10

20

16

35

77

No

69

73

64

90

80

84

65

23

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Are you in a risk group or not – by State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

31

33

29

33

32

28

34

No

69

67

71

67

68

72

66

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 3:

Who have you been with in the last 24 hours since this time yesterday – by Self-Isolation
(Multiple answers allowed)

Self-Isolation

Australians
18+

Yes

No

%

%

%

Family

75

76

75

Business Colleagues

22

10

49

Other people

14

9

25

Friends

11

8

18

TOTAL SOMEBODY

88

86

95

Nobody

12

14

5

TOTAL

100

100

100


Who have you been with in the last 24 hours since this time yesterday – by Gender & Age (Multiple answers allowed)

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Family

75

73

77

82

84

80

70

61

Business Colleagues

22

25

19

29

29

28

19

4

Other people

14

17

11

9

19

14

15

14

Friends

11

12

9

18

9

9

8

10

TOTAL SOMEBODY

88

89

88

97

92

92

86

75

Nobody

12

11

12

3

8

8

14

25

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Who have you been with in the last 24 hours since this time yesterday – by State
(Multiple answers allowed)

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Family

75

74

77

75

79

77

76

Business Colleagues

22

17

18

28

21

29

28

Other people

14

13

11

18

16

18

18

Friends

11

11

7

12

16

12

10

TOTAL SOMEBODY

88

88

86

90

90

92

87

Nobody

12

12

14

10

10

8

13

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Question 4:

Would you be likely to self-isolate if your doctor told you that you’re in a risk group
– by Self-isolation

Self-Isolation

Australians
18+

Yes

No

%

%

%

Yes

31

99

90

No

69

1

10

TOTAL

100

100

100


Would you be likely to self-isolate if your doctor told you that you’re in a risk group
 – by Gender & Age

Gender

Age

Australians
18+

Men

Women

Under 25

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

97

96

97

98

95

97

95

98

No

3

4

3

2

5

3

5

2

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Would you be likely to self-isolate if your doctor told you that you’re in a risk group
 – by State

States

Australians
18+

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

97

97

97

96

97

99

98

No

3

3

3

4

3

1

2

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100