Essential Report

Agreement with protests in Australia

Jun 16, 2020

Q. Following the protests in the United States of America, there have been demonstrations in Australia oppose the deaths of Indigenous people in police custody.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the protests in Australia?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Protesters gathering in large numbers during the Covid-19 puts the entire community at risk 84% 9% 62% 23% 5% 4% 7%
Protesters are justified in their demands for authorities to address the issue of Indigenous deaths in custody 62% 27% 31% 32% 11% 16% 11%
The situation in America is very different to Australia and has no relevance 61% 30% 34% 27% 18% 12% 10%

 

TOTAL: Agreement   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Protesters gathering in large numbers during the Covid-19 puts the entire community at risk 84% 86% 82% 78% 87% 87%
Protesters are justified in their demands for authorities to address the issue of Indigenous deaths in custody 62% 64% 60% 69% 63% 56%
The situation in America is very different to Australia and has no relevance 61% 67% 54% 54% 62% 64%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382
  • While a large majority of people agree that the protests pit the community at risk by spreading Covid-19 (84%), 62% agree that protesters are justified in their demands for authorities to address the issue of Indigenous deaths in custody.
  • Men (67%), those aged over 55 (64%) and Coalition voters (74%) are more likely to agree that ‘The situation in America is very different to Australia and has no relevance’ compared to women (54%), those aged under 35 (54%) and Labor and Greens voters (54% and 38%).

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