Essential Report

Threat of terrorism

Oct 13, 2015

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Sep 2014

Mar 2015

Total increased

75%

75%

81%

58%

79%

57%

75%

Total decreased

1%

1%

1%

1%

2%

6%

2%

Increased a lot

38%

27%

50%

12%

49%

22%

39%

Increased a little

37%

48%

31%

46%

30%

35%

36%

Stayed about the same

20%

20%

17%

36%

16%

33%

20%

Decreased a little

1%

*

1%

1%

1%

3%

1%

Decreased a lot

*

*

1%

3%

1%

Don’t know

3%

4%

1%

4%

3%

4%

4%

75% think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased – no change from when this question was asked in March. 20% (no change) think it has stayed about the same and 1% (down 1%) think it has decreased.

Those most likely to think it has increased were Liberal/National voters (81%) and those aged 55+ (92%). For those aged 18-35, 64% think it has increased and 30% stayed the same.

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