Statements about Indigenous Australian history and protests

Jun 30, 2020

Q. Below are some statements about the history of Indigenous Australians and the recent protests. To the best of your knowledge, do you believe each of the following to true or false?

  TOTAL: True TOTAL: False Definitely true Probably true Probably false Definitely false Don’t know enough
Indigenous Australians were generally not allowed to vote in Australia until the 1960s 67% 13% 36% 31% 9% 4% 20%
In the 19th and early 20th century, thousands of Indigenous Australians and people from the Pacific Islands were forced to work in Australia in conditions that amounted to slavery 58% 19% 28% 30% 13% 6% 23%
Indigenous Australians are much more likely to be stopped by police than the average Australians, regardless of whether or not they have done anything wrong 55% 29% 21% 34% 18% 11% 16%
Many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest 42% 37% 14% 28% 20% 18% 20%

 

TOTAL: True Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Indigenous Australians were generally not allowed to vote in Australia until the 1960s 67% 69% 66% 62% 63% 76% 70% 68% 79% 63%
In the 19th and early 20th century, thousands of Indigenous Australians and people from the Pacific Islands were forced to work in Australia in conditions that amounted to slavery 58% 59% 56% 59% 56% 58% 62% 55% 76% 54%
Indigenous Australians are much more likely to be stopped by police than the average Australians, regardless of whether or not they have done anything wrong 55% 56% 53% 57% 55% 53% 61% 48% 76% 56%
Many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest 42% 46% 39% 45% 41% 41% 38% 52% 22% 44%
Base (n) 1,085 533 552 335 374 376 339 417 92 126

 

TOTAL: True State Education
NSW VIC QLD SA WA Secondary Education Professional Qualification University Education
Indigenous Australians were generally not allowed to vote in Australia until the 1960s 67% 68% 65% 72% 64% 69% 66% 68%
In the 19th and early 20th century, thousands of Indigenous Australians and people from the Pacific Islands were forced to work in Australia in conditions that amounted to slavery 58% 59% 62% 62% 47% 54% 55% 63%
Indigenous Australians are much more likely to be stopped by police than the average Australians, regardless of whether or not they have done anything wrong 56% 59% 48% 53% 48% 50% 52% 61%
Many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest 43% 41% 49% 40% 34% 42% 46% 40%
Base (n) 352 275 218 88 109 258 378 428
  • 42% of participants say it’s true (definitely or probably) that many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest and 67% believe it’s true that Indigenous Australians were generally not allowed to vote in Australia until the 1960s.
  • Over half of participants believe that in the 19th and early 20th century, thousands of Indigenous Australians and people from the Pacific Islands were forced to work in Australia in conditions that amounted to slavery (58%) or Indigenous Australians are much more likely to be stopped by police than the average Australians, regardless of whether or not they have done anything wrong (55%) is true.
  • Men (46%), Coalition voters (52%) and high income earners (50%) are more likely to say that many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest is true than women (39%), all other voters (37%) and high income earners (50%).

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