Q. Thinking about the Government’s plan to build a national broadband network, how much benefit will a national broadband network be to-
|Some benefit||Little benefit||Don’t know||Total benefit
|The general public overall||78%||44%||34%||15%||8%||76%|
|The Australian economy||71%||39%||32%||18%||11%||65%|
|The economy of your local community||65%||32%||33%||24%||12%||na|
The NBN is thought to be of most benefit to Australian business (84%), schools (78%) and the general public overall (78%). Since this question was last asked in April 2009, perceptions of benefit have increased for Australian business (+4%) and the Australian economy (+6%).
65% think they will personally benefit from the NBN. Those most likely to think they will benefit personally are aged under 35 (74%) Labor voters (83%), Greens voters (80%) and full-time workers (71%).
Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?
|A lot||Some||Not much||None||Don’t know/use|
|ABC TV news and current affairs||25%||45%||14%||3%||13%|
|ABC radio news and current affairs||20%||42%||15%||4%||19%|
|Commercial TV news and current affairs||9%||55%||26%||5%||5%|
|News and opinion in daily newspapers||9%||53%||26%||4%||7%|
|Commercial radio news and current affairs||7%||47%||29%||6%||10%|
|ABC radio talkback programs||6%||39%||24%||5%||25%|
|News and opinion websites||5%||44%||31%||6%||15%|
|Commercial radio talkback programs||3%||35%||32%||11%||19%|
ABC TV and radio news and current affairs were the most trusted media (25% and 20% respectively have a lot of trust).
Commercial TV news and current affairs programs have the highest consumption, but only 9% say they have a lot of trust in them.
And although consumption of newspapers and internet news sites is very similar, newspapers are considered more trustworthy (62% compared to 49% have a lot/some trust in them). Comments »
Q. The Federal Government plans to build a National Broadband Network over the next few years. How important do you think it is for Australia to build a National Broadband Network?
Over half (65%) of people surveyed think that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is very/quite important for Australia, 26% think it is not so important/not at all important and 8% don’t know.
Labor voters were more likely to think it is very/quite important (75%) while Coalition voters were more likely to think it is not so important/not at all important (36%). 60% of Coalition voters think the NBN is very/quite important for Australia.
People living in capital cities were slightly more likely than those living in regional areas to think the NBN is very/quite important for Australia (66% v 63%).
Q. Who do you think will run the National Broadband Network? And who do you think should run the National Broadband Network?
32% of people surveyed don’t know who will run the National Broadband Network (NBN), 27% think the Federal Government will run it and 26% think Telstra will. Labor voters were more likely to think the NBN will be run by the Federal Government (38%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think it will be run by Telstra (34%).
40% think the Federal Government and 16% think Telstra should run the NBN. Labor voters were more likely to think the Federal Government should run the NBN (54%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think it should be run by Telstra (27%).
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