National security

Mar 3, 2015

Q. When it comes to issues of national security, do you think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others or do you think our current laws strike the right balance between freedom and security?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 2014

Should be more restrictions

56%

53%

69%

26%

66%

50%

Current laws strike the right balance

28%

31%

23%

49%

24%

34%

Don’t know

16%

16%

8%

25%

10%

16%

 

56% think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others – up 6% since September. 28% (down 6%) are more likely to think the current laws strike the right balance between freedom and security.

Those most in favour of more restrictions on rights and freedoms were Liberal/National voters (69%) and aged 45+ (68%).

Approval of handling threat of terrorism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

46%

24%

81%

24%

40%

Total disapprove

33%

53%

8%

55%

35%

Strongly approve

13%

4%

28%

6%

12%

Approve

33%

20%

53%

18%

28%

Disapprove

18%

30%

7%

18%

17%

Strongly disapprove

15%

23%

1%

37%

18%

Don’t know

22%

23%

10%

20%

25%

 

46% approve of the way the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia and 33% disapprove.

81% of Liberal/National voters approve while a majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (55%) disapprove.

Contribution of multiculturalism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Overall, has multiculturalism (that is, the acceptance of people from different countries, cultures and religions) made a positive or negative contribution to Australian society?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Sep 2014

 

Total positive

57%

59%

59%

84%

37%

57%

57%

Total negative

29%

29%

31%

11%

45%

29%

30%

Very positive

18%

23%

9%

49%

11%

15%

18%

Positive

39%

36%

50%

35%

26%

42%

39%

Negative

18%

18%

20%

9%

21%

18%

19%

Very negative

11%

11%

11%

2%

24%

11%

11%

Made no difference

6%

4%

5%

-

12%

6%

6%

Don’t know

9%

7%

5%

5%

7%

8%

6%

 

57% believe that multiculturalism has made a positive contribution to Australian society and 29% believe the contribution has been negative. These results are almost identical to when this question was asked in September. A majority of major party voter groups believe the contribution has been positive.

84% of Greens voters and 74% of university-educated respondents thought it was positive.

View of multiculturalism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closer to your view about multiculturalism? 

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Sep 2014

 

Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians.

55%

58%

54%

80%

38%

53%

55%

Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia.

33%

31%

37%

12%

54%

38%

34%

Don’t know

12%

11%

9%

8%

9%

9%

11%

 

55% think that multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians while 33% agree more that multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia. These results are almost identical to when this question was asked in September.

Those most likely to have a positive view of multiculturalism were aged under 35 (66%), Greens voters (80%) and those with university education (72%).

Greyhound racing

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Would you support or oppose a national ban on greyhound racing?

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

48%

51%

46%

63%

47%

Total oppose

26%

25%

31%

10%

31%

Strongly support

23%

24%

20%

32%

25%

Support

25%

26%

26%

31%

22%

Oppose

19%

18%

23%

8%

21%

Strongly oppose

7%

7%

8%

2%

10%

Don’t know

26%

24%

24%

27%

21%

 

48% would support a national ban on greyhound racing and 26% would oppose. 26% did not have an opinion.

Those most likely to support a ban were Greens voters (63%) and those with a university education (56%).

Forms of intolerance

Mar 3, 2015

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia. 

 

Total large/ mod

 

A large problem

Mod problem

Small

problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

 

Sept 12

Total large/ mod

Jun 13

Total large/ mod

Feb 14

Total large/ mod

Racism

67%

30%

37%

23%

6%

4%

71%

69%

64%

Religious intolerance

61%

28%

33%

25%

9%

5%

65%

54%

51%

Sexism

47%

16%

31%

36%

12%

5%

45%

52%

51%

Ageism

45%

17%

28%

33%

13%

9%

44%

46%

49%

Homo-phobia

45%

15%

30%

32%

15%

8%

50%

51%

47%

67% think that racism is a major/moderate problem in Australia – up 3% compared to when this question was previously asked in February last year. 61% think that religious intolerance is a major/moderate problem – up 10% since last February.

Those most likely to think racism a major/moderate problem were women (73%) and Greens voters (80%).

Those most likely to think religious intolerance a major/moderate problem were women (73%) and incomes under $600pw (69%).

Those most likely to think sexism a major/moderate problem were women (68%) and Greens voters (67%).

Those most likely to think homophobia a major/moderate problem were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (53%) and aged 18-24 (57%).

58% of those aged 55+ think ageism is a major/moderate problem.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

 

Total Jun 13

Total Feb 14

Racism

33%

35%

32%

45%

32%

21%

39%

36%

Sexism

26%

21%

32%

32%

25%

20%

29%

29%

Religious intolerance

26%

25%

27%

36%

24%

17%

29%

28%

Ageism

22%

21%

24%

20%

18%

32%

24%

26%

Homophobia

19%

18%

20%

27%

17%

12%

26%

24%

 

33% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed sexism and religious intolerance. These figures have dropped a little since this question was last asked in February last year.

Younger people (aged 18-34) were more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism (45%), homophobia (27%), sexism (32%) and religious intolerance (36%). 32% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism. 32% of women say they have experienced/witnessed sexism.

Human Rights Commission

Mar 3, 2015

Q. The Federal government says it has lost confidence in the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission and its president Gillian Triggs after it released a report on children in immigration detention. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the Human Rights Commission? 

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

34%

46%

26%

60%

30%

Total disapprove

22%

15%

34%

9%

28%

Strongly approve

13%

20%

5%

36%

9%

Approve

21%

26%

21%

24%

21%

Disapprove

13%

11%

18%

6%

13%

Strongly disapprove

9%

4%

16%

3%

15%

Don’t know

44%

39%

41%

32%

42%

 

34% approve of the performance of the Human Rights Commission and 22% disapprove. 44% had no opinion.

Those most likely to approve were Greens voters (60%), Labor voters (46%) and university-educated (40%).

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