Essential Report

Opinion of retaining personal information

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aug 2014

Nov 2014

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

38%

29%

57%

16%

42%

37%

41%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

44%

55%

26%

71%

48%

49%

44%

Don’t know

18%

15%

16%

13%

10%

13%

15%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 38% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 44% agreed more that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society”

Since this question was asked in November there has been a slight shift away from agreeing that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” – from 41% to 38%.

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