Essential Report

Approval of funding cuts to ABC

Nov 25, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the 5% annual funding cut to the ABC? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

25%

13%

45%

7%

23%

Total disapprove

52%

67%

36%

87%

54%

Strongly approve

8%

2%

18%

10%

Approve

17%

11%

27%

7%

13%

Disapprove

27%

27%

29%

27%

24%

Strongly disapprove

25%

40%

7%

60%

30%

Don’t know

23%

20%

19%

6%

23%

25% approve the cuts to the ABC and 52% disapprove – 23% don’t know.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (87%), Labor voters (67%) and respondents aged 45-64 (60%).

Concern about funding cuts to ABC

Sep 30, 2014

Q. How concerned are you that funding cuts may result in the ABC cutting back or dropping some of its current affairs programs? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total concerned

53%

64%

34%

85%

57%

Total not concerned

39%

29%

57%

12%

39%

Very concerned

25%

32%

10%

59%

31%

Somewhat concerned

28%

32%

24%

26%

26%

Not very concerned

21%

18%

26%

8%

28%

Not at all concerned

18%

11%

31%

4%

11%

Don’t know

9%

7%

9%

4%

4%

53% were concerned that funding cuts may result in the ABC cutting back or dropping some of its current affairs programs and 39% were not concerned.

Those most likely to be concerned were Greens voters (85%), Labor voters (64%) and university educated (62%).

Cutting funding to ABC

Apr 22, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of cutting funding to the ABC?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

21%

12%

37%

8%

15%

Total disapprove

61%

70%

43%

85%

75%

Strongly approve

7%

2%

16%

3%

5%

Approve

14%

10%

21%

5%

10%

Disapprove

29%

29%

30%

12%

38%

Strongly disapprove

32%

41%

13%

73%

37%

Don’t know

18%

19%

20%

7%

10%

61% disapprove (including 32% strongly disapprove) of cutting funding to the ABC and 21% approve.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (85%), other voters (75%) and Labor voters (70%). Liberal/National voters were split 37% approve and 43% disapprove.

Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to approve  – 26% approve/60% disapprove. 28% of men approved compared to only 14% of women.

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