Essential Report

Racial discrimination laws

Mar 28, 2017

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   Nov 2016
Too strict 16%   11% 21% 10% 29% 17%
Too weak 26%   30% 22% 37% 27% 26%
About right 40% 46% 47% 34% 28% 40%
Don’t know 18% 13% 11% 19% 15%   17%

 

40% think Australia current laws governing racial discrimination are about right, 26% think they are too weak and 16% think they are too strict. These results are almost unchanged since this question was asked in November.

Those most likely to think they are too weak were Greens voters (37%) and people aged 18-34 (30%).

Those most likely to think they are too strict were other voters (29%) and aged 55+ (25%).

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