Q. Which of the following is closer to your view on the recent controversy over an official Chinese Twitter account sharing a fake image on Twitter showing an Australian soldier threatening to kill a child?
|Total||Gender||Age Group||Federal Voting Intention|
|Male||Female||18-34||35-54||55+||Labor||TOTAL: Coalition||Greens||TOTAL: Other|
|Scott Morrison was right to publicly demand an apology from the Chinese government, even if China retaliates by restricting trade with Australia||56%||55%||57%||48%||57%||62%||51%||65%||41%||68%|
|Scott Morrison should have let the issue be handled through diplomatic channels. At this time of economic uncertainty, the last thing we need is to publicly criticise our biggest trading partner||44%||45%||43%||52%||43%||38%||49%||35%||59%||32%|
- Over half believe the Prime Minister was correct to demand an apology from the Chinese government regarding the fake Twitter incident (56%), but 44% believe it should have been handled by other diplomatic means.
- Those aged 18-34 (52%), Labor voters (49%) and Greens voters (59%) disagree with publicly criticising China over the incident.
Q. Which of the following do you believe is the greatest threat to internet security?
|The Chinese government||
|The US government||
The largest proportion of people believe that computer hackers (39%) are the greatest threat to internet security.
This was followed by organised crime (26%) and the US government (11%).
Just 7% believe the Chinese government is the biggest threat to internet security. 4% believe large companies are the biggest threat to internet security.
Females (45%) were more likely than males (32%) to think that computer hackers were the biggest threat to internet security.
Those aged 65+ were also more likely to select computer hackers (50%). Those aged 18-24 were more likely to select the US government (24%), and were less likely to select computer hackers (20%).
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