Essential Report

Funding for the ABC

Oct 8, 2012

Q. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) currently receives about $950 million a year from government, including money for transmission. In terms of future funding, do you think the ABC should receive:

 

%

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total – More funding

34%

42%

27%

67%

Total – Less funding

17%

13%

23%

6%

A lot more funding

11%

15%

6%

24%

Some more funding

23%

27%

21%

43%

About the same funding as current levels

32%

31%

37%

21%

A little less funding

8%

8%

10%

4%

A lot less funding less funding

9%

5%

13%

2%

Don’t know

17%

14%

13%

5%

The largest portion of respondents believe that the ABC should receiving more funding (34%) followed very closely by those that believe funding at current levels should remain (32%).

Seventeen per cent (17%) believe that the ABC should receive less funding.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Greens voters are the most in favour of more funding for the ABC (67%), whilst Coalition voters are the most likely to take the view that the ABC should receive less funding (23%).

Looking at the results by gender, male respondents are far more likely to support more funding for the ABC (44%) compared to female respondents (25%).

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