Q. When it comes to issues of national security, do you think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others, or do you think our current laws already go too far in restricting freedom?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Vote Other|
|There should be more restrictions||54%||49%||66%||21%||68%|
|The current laws restrict freedom to much||12%||16%||9%||32%||8%|
|Current laws strike the right balance||19%||22%||17%||36%||13%|
54% thought there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom to combat terrorism. 12% thought current restrictions went too far, and 19% thought they strike the right balance.
Those most likely to think there should be more restrictions were those aged 65+ (79%), other party/independent voters (68%) and Liberal/National voters (66%).
Those most likely to think that current laws strike the right balance were Greens voters (36%) and 18-24 year olds (29%).
Greens voters were the only demographic group for whom “more restrictions” was not the most popular answer.
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