Australians and Americans trust medical experts more than their elected officials, but Australians are far more supportive of their political leaders and COVID-19 restrictions, including fines for breaches and wearing masks.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the research from the United States Studies Centre, Latrobe University and the University of Melbourne has found there is a far less partisan division in Australian support for fines if restrictions are breached and for making it compulsory to wear masks, particularly in Victoria. Labor and Coalition voters in Australia were also more likely to trust their state and federal political leaders from both sides of politics.