Essential Report

Restrictions on freedom

Jun 14, 2017

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%
Don’t know 15%   14% 8% 12% 11%

 

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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