Essential Report

Opinion of NBN

Feb 20, 2012

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network (NBN)?

27 Sep 2010 14 Feb 2011 18 Apr 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total in favour 56% 48% 54% 56% 80% 42% 77%
Total oppose 18% 31% 28% 25% 8% 43% 8%
Strongly favour 27% 19% 22% 20% 39% 10% 28%
Favour 29% 29% 32% 36% 41% 32% 49%
Oppose 12% 16% 13% 15% 7% 24% 8%
Strongly oppose 6% 15% 15% 10% 1% 19% 0%
Don’t know 26% 22% 18% 19% 13% 15% 16%

The results of this week’s poll show that support for the NBN has increased over the course of the last 12 months, returning to 56% (the same level in September 2010).

Since the question was last polled, support for the NBN has risen 2 percentage points to 56% (+2%) and opposition has declined to 25% (-3%).

There is overwhelming majority support from Labor (80%) and Greens (77%) voters, whilst Coalition voters are almost equally divided on the issue: 42% in favour and 43% opposed.

Looking at the results by age, those respondents aged between 55-64 are the most likely to oppose the NBN, though the majority still favour the planned network: 52%/34%.

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Opinion of NBN

Apr 18, 2011

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network (NBN)?

27 Sep 2010 14 Feb 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour 56% 48% 54% 76% 36% 81%
Total oppose 18% 31% 28% 8% 49% 8%
Strongly favour 27% 19% 22% 40% 8% 43%
Favour 29% 29% 32% 36% 28% 38%
Oppose 12% 16% 13% 6% 19% 3%
Strongly oppose 6% 15% 15% 2% 30% 5%
Don’t know 26% 22% 18% 15% 14% 12%

Support for the NBN has increased a little since this question was last asked in February.

54% (+6%) favour the NBN and 28% (-3%) oppose it. There is overwhelming majority support from Labor and Greens voters but Liberal/National voters were split 36% favour and 49% oppose.

By age group, those aged under 35 were 55% favour/26% oppose and those aged 55+ were 49% favour/34% oppose.

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Opinion of NBN

Feb 14, 2011

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network (NBN)?

27 Sep 2010 14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour 56% 48% 65% 30% 71%
Total oppose 18% 31% 12% 55% 13%
Strongly favour 27% 19% 30% 8% 38%
Favour 29% 29% 35% 22% 33%
Oppose 12% 16% 8% 26% 8%
Strongly oppose 6% 15% 4% 29% 5%
Don’t know 26% 22% 22% 15% 15%

48% favour the planned national broadband network and 31% oppose. This represents a significant drop in support for the NBN since this question was asked in September last year.

By age, under 35’s favour the NBN by 46%/23% but those aged 55+ are split 42%/42%.

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The NBN and the Spirit of Christmas

Nov 30, 2010

First Published on The Drum 30/11/2010

The magic of Christmas lies in the expectation. You hang out the stocking, leave a piece of cake and a stubbie for Santa and head off to bed.

When you wake up, there it is laid out for you, something shiny and new that you really, really wanted.

In this spirit it should come as no surprise that the Federal Parliament’s final act of the year was the passage of legislation enabling the rollout of the National Broadband Network, the embodiment of Labor’s hope that something better lies around the corner.

And there are grounds for optimism. In an era of cynicism with nearly every aspect of politics – and despite a concerted Opposition attack – this week’s Essential Report shows strong and increasing support for the network.

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Importance of NBN

Nov 29, 2010

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?

Total

Nov 10

Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Nov 09
Total important 69% 87% 54% 84% 65%
Total not important 25% 9% 42% 12% 26%
Very Important 35% 55% 17% 55% 30%
Quite Important 34% 32% 37% 29% 35%
Not so important 14% 6% 21% 10% 20%
Not at all important 11% 3% 21% 2% 6%
Don’t know 6% 4% 4% 3% 8%

69% think that it is important for Australia to build a National Broadband Network and 25% think it is not important. This represents an increase in support (net +5%) for the NBN since this question was last asked in November 2009.

Labor (87%) and Greens voters (84%) and more likely to think the NBN is important. A majority of Liberal/National voters (54%) think it is important although a sizable minority (42%) think it is not important.

A majority of all age groups believe the NBN is important, although support tends to decrease with increasing age – of those aged 65+, 54% think it is important and 45% not important.

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Benefit of NBN

Nov 29, 2010

Q. Thinking about the Government’s plan to build a national broadband network, how much benefit will a national broadband network be to-

Total benefit Great

benefit

Some benefit Little benefit Don’t know Total benefit

April 09

Australian businesses 84% 55% 29% 8% 8% 80%
Schools 78% 48% 30% 14% 8% na
The general public overall 78% 44% 34% 15% 8% 76%
Children 72% 39% 33% 19% 9% na
The Australian economy 71% 39% 32% 18% 11% 65%
You personally 65% 33% 32% 27% 8% 66%
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%).

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The Punch: 10 reasons why the Liberals are right about the interweb

Sep 28, 2010

First Published on The Punch 28/9/2010

It’s time to put an end to all this partisan negativity. At a time when people are looking to our leaders for vision, it is great to see a political party step up with a long-term vision for the nation.

I am referring of course to the Coalition’s decision to destroy the National Broadband Network and all who promote it and instead uphold Australian values by promoting a more leisurely pace of download.

While the public may be firmly behind the NBN as detailed in today’s Essential Report, I wonder how many have really thought through the implications of faster efficient broadband on their already busy and cluttered lives.

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National Broadband Network

Sep 27, 2010

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network, or don’t you know enough about it to have an opinion one way or the other?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Total favour 56% 81% 31% 72%
Total oppose 18% 3% 38% 4%
Strongly favour 27% 50% 7% 41%
Favour 29% 31% 24% 31%
Oppose 12% 2% 25% 4%
Strongly oppose 6% 1% 13% *
Don’t know 26% 15% 30% 24%

56% of people favour the national broadband network.

81% of Labor voters, compared with 31% of Lib/Nat voters favour the planned national broadband network.

65% of males, compared with 47% of females favour the planned national broadband network.

38% of females, compared with 13% of males don’t know enough about it to have an opinion one way or the other.

Support for the planned national broadband network is highest in the 45-54 years age category (64% favour). Support is lowest in the 65+ yeas age category (47% favour).

63% of Victorian favour the planned national broadband network.

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