Essential Report

Best NBN

Oct 5, 2016

Q. The Government’s national broadband network plan is to more quickly roll out fibre to local nodes and let Telstra’s copper network carry internet traffic to households, compared to Labor’s plan to roll out fibre to every household outside rural areas, which would cost more and have taken longer but produced higher speeds. Which plan do you believe is best for Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+    
The Liberal Government’s plan 27%   8% 54% 13% 22%   29% 24% 28% 18% 39%   29%
The Labor plan 42%   73% 17% 66% 42%   47% 36% 39% 48% 34%   38%
Don’t know 32%   19% 29% 22% 36%   23% 40% 33% 34% 27%   33%

 

42% think the Labor NBN plan is best for Australia and 27% think the Government’s plan is best. 32% did not give an opinion. This represents an increase in support for the Labor plan since this question was asked in September last year.

 

Those more likely to prefer the Labor plan were Labor voters (73%), Greens voters (66%), men (47%) and aged 35-54 (48%).

 

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