Essential Report

Reason for terrorist attacks

Nov 24, 2015

Q. Do you think that Islamist terrorist attacks are more likely to be a reaction to the foreign policies of western countries and their role in the Middle East, or are they more likely to be motivated by an ideological hatred of western culture and freedoms?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Reaction to role of western countries in the Middle East

11%

14%

9%

21%

6%

Hatred of western culture and freedoms

29%

26%

36%

15%

40%

Both

46%

48%

45%

56%

42%

Neither

3%

3%

2%

4%

4%

Don’t know

11%

9%

8%

4%

8%

48% think that Islamist terrorist attacks are both a reaction to the role of western countries in the Middle East and motivated by a hatred of western culture and freedoms. 29% think they are more likely to be motivated by hatred of the west and 11% think they are more likely to be a reaction to the role of western countries in the Middle East.

Those most likely to think they are more motivated by a hatred of the west were Liberal/National voters (36%) and aged 65+ (38%).

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