COVID-19: One Year into the Pandemic

One year on, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the world and the way our daily lives operate. With the vaccination process having started in New Zealand, 51% of New Zealanders say they are likely to get the vaccine once it becomes available to them. One in five (18%) say they are not likely to get vaccinated and a quarter (24%) sit somewhere between, indicating they are likely to need some level of persuasion. A further 7% have not yet made up their mind.

The author(s)

  • Amanda Dudding Director, Public Affairs Research
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Key findings include:

  • The perceived threat of COVID-19 to community, job / business, and country have all increased this wave, and are at the highest level since September 2020. Three in ten (29%) believe COVID-19 poses a high threat to their job or business.
  •  83% (compared to 67% March 2020) of New Zealanders believe the government is doing a good job in containing the spread of the virus and dealing with the recovery. 
  • Three quarters (75%, compared to 62% March 2020) of New Zealanders support keeping the borders closed. Support for keeping the borders closed has remained high throughout the pandemic.
  • Two thirds (66%) feel confident that the New Zealand borders are being managed well and 61% agree that managed isolation and quarantine facilities are being managed well.
  • Half (51%) of New Zealanders say they are likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them, whilst one in five (18%) are not likely to get vaccinated and one quarter (24%) sit somewhere in between.

 

The author(s)

  • Amanda Dudding Director, Public Affairs Research

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