The ongoing government-mandated lockdown is prompting more Australians to value freedom over law, according to a comprehensive survey of Australian attitudes.
At the end of the June quarter of 2021, 29.3 percent of Australians agreed with the statement that “freedom is more important than the law.” This was a significant change compared to 21.6 per cent which valued independence over law during the quarter ended March 2020 a year ago.
Overall, the positive attitude towards freedom grew sharply following the routinely enforced lockdowns and health restrictions by governments across the country.
Roy Morgan CEO Michelle Levine said, “The COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March 2020, and by the end of that month, Australia entered an unprecedented nationwide lockdown that allowed people to return to their homes for the next two months.” limited.” .
“Soon after the nationwide lockdown was imposed, the share of Australians who agreed that ‘freedom is more important than law’ rose seven percentage points to 28.6 per cent. This figure has remained elevated since then and is now at 29.3 per cent in June quarter 2021,” she said in a press release on September 28.
The figures were obtained from Roy Morgan’s Single Source Survey, a long-running research program into consumer behavior and attitudes conducted over several years. Roy Morgan interviews more than 10,000 Australians each quarter.
Women’s attitudes towards freedom also increased by 8.4 percentage points from 16.5 percent at the end of June (March 2020, pre-pandemic) to 24.9 percent.
The attitude of men also increased by 6.8 points from 27 percent (March 2020) to 33.8 percent.
The data also found that younger age groups were more likely to value independence, with 38.1 percent of Generation Z (born 1991–2007) agreeing with the statement, followed by 35.4 percent of Millennials (1976–1990). , were 26 percent (1961) of Generation X. -1975), 18 percent of baby boomers and 17.2 percent of pre-boomers.
Generation X and Millennials saw the most significant change, with an increase of 12.2 points (Millennials) and 8.5 points (Gen X) over the previous year, with pre-boomers increasing by 6.4 points and Gen Z by 5.4 points.
“These two generations (Gen X and Millennials) consist mainly of young people in their 20s and 30s, who also make up a large proportion of workers in the construction industry who protested in Melbourne last week,” Levine said. .
“It is a reasonable guess that protesters arguing against compulsory vaccination and the latest lockdown would be very likely to agree that ‘freedom is more important than the law’.”
Australia has seen the lowest infection and death rates from COVID-19 by global standards, resulting in state and territory leaders (except New South Wales) locking down entire cities or states to contain any outbreaks of the virus, including Strict measures are easily used. (sometimes on a transition), closing borders and enforcing strict restrictions.
For example, the Victorian government under Premier Dan Andrews has relied heavily on a strict suppression strategy to combat COVID-19, such as imposing immediate “stage four” restrictions, including a curfew, allowing movement within a 5 km radius Includes limit and termination. Non-essential retail outlets.
Melbourne is also now on track to break the world record for the longest days under lockdown since the city’s lockdown of 243 days since the pandemic broke out on 1 October last year – just shy of the 245-day record set by Bueno Aires Established.
However, after six separate lockdowns, Victorian despair with restrictions has been bubbling with protests in Melbourne at times in the past week. At the same time, footage has surfaced showing the police deploying heavy-handed tactics that has led to an investigation by senior officers.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times