Essential Report

Handling the threat of terrorism

Jun 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other Oct 2015 Mar 2015 (Abbott)
Total approve 47%   40% 68% 47% 41% 56% 46%
Total disapprove 24%   35% 11% 30% 38% 17% 33%
Strongly approve 5% 4% 10% 3% 3% 11% 13%
Approve 42% 36% 58% 44% 38% 45% 33%
Disapprove 16% 25% 7% 16% 23% 11% 18%
Strongly disapprove 8% 10% 4% 14% 15% 6% 15%
Don’t know 27% 24% 21% 23% 21% 28% 22%

47% approve of the way Malcolm Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia (down 9% since October 2015), and 24% disapprove (up 7%). The October 2015 poll was conducted only a few weeks after Turnbull became Prime Minister.

Those most likely to approve of the way Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism were Liberal/National voters (68%) and those aged 65+ (61%). Men (51% approve) were more likely to approve than women (45%).

Those most likely to disapprove of the way Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism were other party/independent voters (38%) and Labor voters (35%).

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