Approval of Wikileaks

Mar 19, 2012

Q. The online organisation Wikileaks, which is headed by the Australian Julian Assange, has released diplomatic material leaked to it by an American source.  It has also provided this material to other media which have also published information about the leaks. Do you approve or disapprove of Wikileaks and media outlets releasing this material?

 

20 Dec 2010

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

53%

53%

55%

51%

80%

Total disapprove

25%

26%

30%

30%

5%

Strongly approve

20%

20%

21%

18%

32%

Approve

33%

33%

40%

30%

38%

Disapprove

14%

18%

16%

21%

13%

Strongly disapprove

11%

8%

6%

10%

5%

Don’t know

22%

22%

17%

20%

12%

Approval of Wikileaks release of leaked information remains unchanged since this question was asked over 12 months ago. 53% approve of Wikileaks activities and 26% disapprove.

80% of Greens voters approve compared to 55% of Labor voters and 51% of Liberal/National voters.

60% of men approve and 22% disapprove while women split 45% approve/30% disapprove. Younger respondents (aged 18-34) are also more likely to approve – 61% approve and 16% disapprove.

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Support for Julian Assange

Mar 19, 2012

Q. Julian Assange faces extradition from the UK to Sweden for an investigation into sexual assault allegations. In Sweden he will be detained while the investigation continues, and he may be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s release of US diplomatic cables.

Do you think the Australian government has provided appropriate support to Assange given he faces investigation for sexual assault in Sweden and possible extradition to the US?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

NSW

Vic

Qld

Government have provided appropriate support

22%

26%

26%

14%

21%

23%

21%

Government have not provided appropriate support

36%

34%

35%

53%

36%

38%

33%

Don’t know

41%

40%

39%

33%

43%

39%

46%

36% believe that Julian Assange has received appropriate support from the Australian Government and 22% think he has received appropriate support. 41% could not give an opinion.

47% of men think the Government has not provided appropriate support compared to 26% of women – mainly due the 53% of women who said they “don’t know”. Despite the their higher approval of Wikileaks, only 33% of respondents aged 18-34 think Julian Assange has not received appropriate support.

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