Role of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  For each of the following issues, do you think the Government does too much, too little or just about the right amount:

 

Too much

Too little

About right

Don’t know

 Providing quality health care services

2%

74%

19%

5%

 Protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution.

10%

43%

36%

11%

 Making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly

3%

62%

28%

6%

 Making sure that the roads, bridges and other public transportation facilities are in good repair and safe.

1%

63%

30%

5%

 Ensuring that there is adequate, affordable and accessible public transport.

2%

67%

25%

6%

Ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats.

5%

47%

41%

7%

Providing a quality education system

2%

54%

37%

7%

Respondents were more likely to think the Government does too little on each of the issues measured.

In particular, they think the Government does too little in terms of health care services (74%), adequate, affordable and accessible public transport (67%), roads, bridges and other public transportation (63%) and making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly (62%).

Issues over which they were more divided were protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution (46% about right/too much) and ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats (46% about right/too much).

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Appropriate Police Responses

Apr 2, 2012

Q. There is a debate in many parts of Australia on the appropriate response of police to a range of situations.

In your opinion which of the following are appropriate responses for police in the following situations? (Version A – asked of half the sample)

 

Appropriate police responses

 

Situation

Firearm

Taser

Capsicum spray

Baton

Physical restraint

Verbal response

Don’t know

Police confronted with an armed individual

67%

42%

30%

20%

26%

23%

6%

Police confronted with a drug (eg ice amphetamines) or alcohol affected individual

10%

44%

47%

22%

43%

26%

5%

Police confronted with a mentally ill individual (eg schizophrenic episode)

6%

31%

39%

15%

48%

34%

7%

Police confronted with a gang or mob

47%

44%

43%

33%

32%

26%

9%

A substantial proportion of respondents think that firearms are an appropriate police response when confronted with an armed individual (67%) or confronted with a gang or mob (47%).

Tasers are more likely to be considered appropriate when confronted with a drug or alcohol affected individual (44%), a gang or mob (44%) or an armed individual (42%).

Capsicum spray is more likely to be considered appropriate when confronted with a drug or alcohol affected individual (47%) or a gang or mob (43%).

Physical restraint is thought to be more appropriate to situations where police are confronted with a mentally ill individual (48%) or a drug or alcohol affected individual (43%).

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Most Appropriate Police Response

Apr 2, 2012

Q. There is a debate in many parts of Australia on the appropriate response of police to a range of situations.

In your opinion which of the following is the most appropriate response for police in the following situations? (Version B – asked of half the sample).

 

Most appropriate police response

 

Situation

Firearm

Taser

Capsicum spray

Baton

Physical restraint

Verbal response

Don’t know

Police confronted with an armed individual

55%

25%

7%

2%

2%

1%

8%

Police confronted with a drug (eg ice amphetamines) or alcohol affected individual

5%

37%

28%

3%

18%

2%

7%

Police confronted with a mentally ill individual (eg schizophrenic episode)

2%

24%

24%

1%

31%

10%

7%

Police confronted with a gang or mob

39%

19%

19%

8%

3%

2%

9%

A firearm was considered to be the most appropriate police response when confronted with an armed individual (55%) or a gang or mob (39%).

When confronted with a drug or alcohol affected individual the most appropriate responses were thought to be taser (37%) and capsicum spray (28%).

When confronted with a mentally ill individual the most appropriate responses were thought to be physical restraint (31%), taser (24%) and capsicum spray (24%).

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