Essential Report

Support for Federal ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

Q Oct’21 Nov’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 46% 45% 49% 42% 46%
Somewhat support 32% 36% 31% 33% 36%
Somewhat oppose 8% 5% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 3% 1% 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 11% 13% 13% 17% 14%
TOTAL: Support 78% 81% 80% 75% 82%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 6% 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,097 1,063 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 46% 49% 43% 38% 46% 52% 52% 40% 54% 51%
Somewhat support 32% 30% 35% 34% 32% 31% 31% 37% 24% 28%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 8% 5% 6% 10% 8% 7%
Strongly oppose 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 2% 2% 6%
Unsure 11% 7% 15% 12% 11% 10% 8% 10% 13% 8%
TOTAL: Support 78% 79% 77% 72% 78% 83% 84% 77% 78% 79%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 14% 8% 16% 11% 7% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Support for the establishment of a federal ICAC remains high at 78%, with 46% strongly supporting this. This is consistent with previous years.
  • A large majority of all demographics would support a federal ICAC.
  • There is strongest support among those aged over 55 (52% strongly support, Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (54%). Coalition voters were most likely to oppose a federal ICAC (13%).

Resignation of Berejiklian and need for ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Thinking about Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier, which is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 54% 40% 46% 44% 50% 59% 41% 56% 46%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 21% 21% 25% 21% 18% 16% 31% 14% 26%
Unsure 32% 25% 39% 29% 35% 32% 25% 28% 30% 28%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Overall, the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian has strengthened the support for a federal ICAC. 47% say they are now more supportive, with 21% less supportive and 32% unsure.
  Total State
  NSW All other states
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me more supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 47% 48% 45%
Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as NSW Premier makes me less supportive of an independent federal anti-corruption body 21% 29% 16%
Unsure 32% 23% 38%
Base (n) 1,097 352 691
  • While greater support for a federal ICAC due to Berejiklian’s resignation is consistent between NSW and other states (48% to 45%), opposition is higher in NSW (29% to 16%).

Federal ICAC

Nov 3, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

  Nov’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 45% 49% 42% 46%
Support 36% 31% 33% 36%
Oppose 5% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 1% 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 13% 13% 17% 14%
TOTAL: Support 81% 80% 75% 82%
TOTAL: Oppose 6% 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,063 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 45% 50% 42% 49% 51%
Support 36% 32% 46% 28% 27%
Oppose 5% 4% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 1% 1% 1% 0% 5%
Unsure 13% 12% 6% 16% 14%
TOTAL: Support 81% 82% 88% 77% 78%
TOTAL: Oppose 6% 6% 6% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,063 352 431 85 100
  • There is strong support for the establishment of an independent federal corruption body, 81% supporting this and just 6% opposing.
  • Support is consistent with earlier in the year, when 80% supported a federal ICAC.
  • There is majority support within voters of both major parties, 82% among Labor voters and 88% among Coalition.

Federal ICAC Timing

Nov 3, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your view on Australia establishing an independent federal corruption body at this time?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Now is not the time to set up a corruption watchdog as Australia needs to deal with the pandemic first. 40% 37% 43% 30% 41%
The amounts of money being spent by the government during the pandemic makes it more necessary that a corruption watchdog is set up right now. 60% 63% 57% 70% 59%
Base (n) 1,063 352 431 85 100
  • Most people think the establishment of a federal ICAC is needed now, with 60% saying “The amounts of money being spent by the government during the pandemic makes it more necessary that a corruption watchdog is set up right now”, with the remaining 40% believing “Now is not the time to set up a corruption watchdog as Australia needs to deal with the pandemic first.”

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