Essential Report

Racial Discrimination Act

Sep 13, 2016

 Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to change the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity? It will still be unlawful to  “humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 45%   39% 56% 29% 48%
Total disapprove 35%   42% 27% 60% 32%
Strongly approve 16% 13% 19% 6% 21%
Approve 29% 26% 37% 23% 27%
Disapprove 18% 21% 15% 23% 19%
Strongly disapprove 17% 21% 12% 37% 13%
Don’t know 21% 18% 17% 11% 19%

45% approve of changing the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity and 35% disapprove. 56% of Liberal/National voters approve of changing the Act while 60% of Greens voters disapproved. Labor voters were split 39% approve/42% disapprove.

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