Essential Report

Threat of terrorism

Nov 24, 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

Oct 2015

Total increased

76%

81%

84%

60%

75%

57%

75%

75%

Total decreased

2%

1%

1%

4%

2%

6%

2%

1%

Increased a lot

42%

42%

51%

21%

37%

22%

39%

38%

Increased a little

34%

39%

33%

39%

38%

35%

36%

37%

Stayed about the same

19%

17%

15%

32%

21%

33%

20%

20%

Decreased a little

1%

*

*

3%

1%

3%

1%

1%

Decreased a lot

1%

1%

*

1%

1%

3%

1%

*

Don’t know

3%

1%

1%

4%

2%

4%

4%

3%

76% think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased – up 1% from when this question was asked in October. Those who think the threat has increased a lot has gone up 4% to 42%. 19% (down 1%) think it has stayed about the same and 2% (up 1%) think it has decreased.

Those most likely to think it has increased were Liberal/National voters (84%) and those aged 55+ (90%).

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