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Mar 27, 2018
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Gun laws

Do you think Australia’s gun laws are too strict, too weak or about right?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Too strict 7%   5% 4% 9% 15%
Too weak 25%   21% 27% 30% 29%
About right 62%   66% 66% 59% 52%
Don’t know 6%   7% 3% 2% 4%

 

62% believe Australia’s gun laws are about right and 25% think they are too weak. Only 7% think they are too strict.

42% of over 65’s think they are too weak. Otherwise, views were quite consistent across demographic and voting groups.

Nov 1, 2016
Essential Research

Gun Laws

Q. Do you think Australian gun ownership laws are too strong, not strong enough or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   July 2015
Too strong 6%   6% 5% 15%   6%
Not strong enough 44%   47% 49% 47% 39%   45%
About right 45%   44% 43% 48% 43%   40%
Don’t know 5%   4% 3% 5% 2%   10%

While 45% of Australians think that our gun ownership laws are ‘about right’, almost the same amount (44%) think that they are ‘not strong enough’.

These results replicate those from July 2015.

The results are consistent across voting groups, however ‘other’ voters are slightly more likely than the average to think that gun ownership laws are ‘too strong’. However even amongst these voters the largest proportion say they are ‘about right’ (43%).

Jul 21, 2015
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Gun laws

Q. Do you think Australian gun ownership laws are too strong, not strong enough or about right?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Too strong

6%

5%

6%

1%

13%

Not strong enough

45%

47%

48%

30%

47%

About right

40%

37%

41%

61%

35%

Don’t know

10%

11%

5%

8%

6%

45% think Australia’s gun laws are not strong enough and 40% think they are about right. Only 6% think they are too strong.

Those most likely to think the gun laws are not strong enough were aged 55+ (64%) and live in NSW (52%).

Those most likely to think the gun laws are about right were women (45%), aged 18-34 (53%), Greens voters (61%) and live in Victoria (48%).

Jul 20, 2010
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The Punch: Even with a strong economy, jobs are a top concern

First published on The Punch 20/7/2010

With the major parties flexing their muscles on border protection, the Australian public has sent Canberra a message that it is the protection of Australian jobs that is the real security issue for them.

In what looms as the sleeper issue for the 2010 election campaign, a quarter of all voters placed “Australian jobs and the protection of local industries” as key election issue, behind only economic management and health.

As the latest Essential Report shows that economic protectionism towers over headline-grabbing issues like climate change, asylum seekers, housing affordability, industrial laws and population growth as a priority election issue.

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

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What is striking about the high rating for protecting Australian industries is that it comes at a time of relatively low unemployment and a period where there has been little or no media attention on Australian jobs being sent offshore.

Instead the issue is emerging from the grass roots, the thousands of Australians in manufacturing industries – and a growing number of workers in white-collar industries like the banking sector – who see their jobs under threat from lower wage economies.

And while our leaders can crow about “turning back the boats”, 25 years of economic deregulation makes it very hard to turn back the corporate people smugglers.

It is an issue where the Liberal Party, with its knee jerk support for big business, pledges to cut government spending and reductions to the size of the public sector is struggling to gain any traction.  While it leads on issues like managing the economy and asylum seekers, when it comes to Australian jobs, people trust the ALP to the tune of 42 per cent to 28 per cent. (more…)

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