Essential Report

Racial discrimination laws

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Overall, do you think that laws governing racial discrimination in Australia are too strict, too weak or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Too strict 17%   11% 22% 7% 32%
Too weak 26%   31% 21% 45% 22%
About right 40% 43% 44% 35% 36%
Don’t know 17% 15% 13% 14% 11%

40% think Australia current laws governing racial discrimination are about right, 26% think they are too weak and 17% think they are too strict.

Those most likely to think they are too weak were Greens voters (45%), Labor voters (31%) and women (31%)

Those most likely to think they are too strict were Liberal/National voters (22%), other voters (32%) and men (22%)

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