Essential Report

School chaplaincy program

May 27, 2014

Q. In the most recent budget, The Federal Government announced that it would be continuing the funding of the school chaplaincy program at a cost for $245 million.

 Which schools program do you think is more appropriate for the Federal Government to fund?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Religious chaplains only

5%

3%

9%

6%

Secular social workers only

17%

21%

10%

41%

11%

Both chaplains and social workers

37%

35%

41%

32%

44%

None of the above

23%

23%

22%

21%

23%

Don’t know

18%

17%

18%

6%

15%

The most preferred option was for the Government to fund both chaplains and social workers (37%).

Only 5% supported the Government’s policy of funding only religious chaplains.

Greens voters were more likely to prefer secular social workers only (41%) while 41% of Liberal/National voters preferred both chaplains and social workers.

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