Essential Report

Media regulation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Mainstream media in Australia is currently regulated by laws requiring diversity of ownership. Would you support or oppose these laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

29%

 

27%

32%

24%

25%

Total oppose

43%

 

45%

41%

50%

51%

Strongly support

9%

10%

7%

14%

8%

Support

20%

17%

25%

10%

17%

Oppose

26%

24%

30%

19%

31%

Strongly oppose

17%

21%

11%

31%

20%

Don’t know

29%

28%

28%

26%

24%

29% support and 43% oppose laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish. While there where some differences across party preference, these differences were not substantial – opposition was over 40% for all voter categories.

Opposition was highest among respondents aged 55+ (56%).

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