Right to protest

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Do you think it should be legal or illegal to stage a protest in the following places?

Legal

Illegal

Don’t know

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Outside Parliament House

72%

15%

12%

78%

67%

89%

80%

On a city street

71%

16%

14%

74%

68%

87%

74%

Outside a private business

49%

33%

18%

58%

39%

69%

59%

At a train station

43%

41%

16%

49%

36%

65%

47%

Outside a church

42%

41%

17%

48%

32%

70%

45%

Outside a public figure’s house (i.e. politician or celebrity)

34%

50%

16%

38%

25%

50%

43%

Outside a school

32%

54%

15%

35%

25%

50%

39%

Outside a medical clinic that offers abortion procedures

30%

54%

17%

31%

26%

37%

39%

Inside Parliament House

25%

59%

16%

30%

16%

39%

27%

A majority think it should be legal to stage a protest outside Parliament House (72%) and on a city street (71%). Respondents were also more likely to think protesting outside a private business should be legal (49%).

However, a majority think that it should be illegal to stage a protest inside Parliament House (59%), outside a clinic that offers abortions (54%), outside a school (54%) and outside a public figure’s house (50%).

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