Essential Report

Opinion of retaining personal information

Oct 20, 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.

42%

37%

57%

24%

24%

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

41%

50%

29%

63%

58%

49%

44%

Don’t know

16%

13%

14%

13%

19%

13%

15%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 42% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 41% 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 2014 there has been a consistent shift to agreement that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions”.

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