Essential Report

Government Control of Media ownership

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Do you think the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens NSW Victoria
Should have more control 24% 29% 17% 38% 28% 22%
Should have less control 24% 17% 30% 30% 23% 29%
Has about the right control now 34% 38% 38% 18% 34% 34%
Don’t know 18% 16% 15% 14% 16% 16%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia. 24% think they should have more control and 24% think they should have less – and 34% think they have about the right control.

Greens voters (38%) and Labor voters (29%) are more likely to think the Government should have more control and 30% of Liberal/National voters think they should have less control.

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