Q. There have been some recent situations where a politician has resigned from their position or their party after some aspects of their sexual behaviour were made public by the media. Is it appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s private life?
|Yes, in all circumstances||12%|
|Yes, in some circumstances||42%|
|No, not at all||38%|
A majority (54%) believe it is appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s personal life in some or all circumstances. 12% think details should be revealed in all circumstances and 42% in some circumstances. 38% say details of a political figure’s personal life should not be revealed at all. 64% of Liberal/National voters and 50% of Labor voters approved revealing details of political figure’s personal life in some or all circumstances. Greens voters were split 50% some/all, 50% not at all. There were no substantial demographic differences. Comments »
If answered “in some circumstances” –
Q. Is it appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s private life in any of the following circumstances?
|Where there is a public interest due to impact on the politician’s work or taxpayers’ resources||92%||5%||3%|
|Where the politician has acted in a way clearly at odds with their publicly expressed views||88%||8%||4%|
|Where a politician’s personal choices are unusual or not considered mainstream||20%||67%||14%|
Sample = 457
The majority of those who approved revealing details in some circumstances agreed that details could be revealed where there is a public interest due to impact on the politician’s work or taxpayers’ resources (92%) or where the politician has acted in a way clearly at odds with their publicly expressed views (88%). However, revealing details where a politician’s personal choices are unusual or not considered mainstream was only acceptable to 20%. Comments »
Q. How frequently do you read, listen to or watch the following?
|Daily||Several times a week||About once a week||Less often||Never||Don’t know|
|Commercial TV news and current affairs||48%||27%||12%||8%||5%||1%|
|News and opinion in daily newspapers||26%||22%||24%||16%||11%||1%|
|Commercial radio news and current affairs||24%||22%||13%||20%||19%||1%|
|News and opinion websites||23%||22%||17%||19%||17%||2%|
|ABC TV news and current affairs||19%||21%||18%||23%||18%||1%|
|ABC radio news and current affairs||15%||13%||10%||28%||33%||2%|
|Commercial radio talkback programs||13%||12%||12%||26%||36%||1%|
|ABC radio talkback programs||8%||10%||10%||26%||45%||2%|
Commercial TV news and current affairs was the most used news and opinion media (48% watch daily). 26% read newspapers daily, 24% commercial radio news and current affairs and 23% news and opinion websites.
Newspapers tend to be read more by older people (38% of 65+ years read daily). 65% of those aged 55+ watch commercial TV news and current affairs daily. Internet news and opinion websites have similar patterns of usage across age groups but internet bogs are mostly used by those aged under 35 (10% daily) Comments »
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. Which of the following do you think are the most powerful and politically influential organisations in Australia?
35% of people surveyed think that media companies (e.g. News Ltd, TV stations) are the most powerful and politically influential organisations in Australia, 22% think that the most powerful and politically influential organisations in Australia are major banks, and 10% think power is held by mining companies (e.g. BHP-Billiton).
Labor voters were more likely to think that the most influential and powerful organisations in Australia are the major banks (28%), while Coalition voters were more likely than the average to think trade unions are (16%). Green voters were more likely to think that most power and influence is vested with mining companies (18%).
People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think that media companies are the most powerful organisations in Australia (40%), while people aged 25 – 34 were more likely to think power and influence in Australia is held by mining companies (16%).
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.Download this week's Report