Q. Do you think Australia is a safer or less safe place than it was 10 years ago?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Total less safe||36%||28%||40%||28%|
|A lot safer||5%||9%||5%||3%|
|A little safer||14%||19%||13%||9%|
|About the same||42%||43%||40%||59%|
|A little less safe||26%||21%||30%||24%|
|A lot less safe||10%||7%||10%||4%|
More respondents think that Australia is now less safe than it was 10 years ago (36% total less safe), compared to those that think it is safer (19% total safe). Most respondents think it is about the same (42%).
Those aged 25-34 years old are more likely to regard Australia as a lot safer (10%) than the general sample (5%). Those aged 65+ are significantly more likely to regard Australia as less safe, with 57% of these respondents stating that they felt it was total less safe overall, compared with 36% of the general sample.
Labor voters are the most likely to regard Australia as a safer place than it was 10 years ago (28% total safer) and Greens voters are the least likely to do so (12% total safer).
Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to regard Australia as less safe than 10 years ago (40%), compared with 28% of Labor and 28% of Greens voters.
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