Essential Report

Threat of terrorism

Jun 14, 2017

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 Oct 2016 Nov 2015 Oct 2015 Mar 2015 Sep 2014
Total Increased 74%   74% 81% 65% 73% 73% 76% 75% 75% 57%
Total Decreased 3%   2% 2% 2% 5% 2% 2% 1% 2% 6%
Increased a lot 39%   37% 44% 18% 47% 34% 42% 38% 39% 22%
Increased a little 35%   37% 37% 47% 26% 38% 34% 37% 36% 35%
Stayed about the same 20%   21% 16% 32% 22% 23% 19% 20% 20% 33%
Decreased a little 2%   2% 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Decreased a lot 1%   0% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Don’t know 3%   2% 1% 1% 1% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4%

 

74% thought that the threat of terrorism has increased, and only 3% thought it has decreased. 20% thought it had stayed the same. These figures have changed little since the question was last asked in October 2016.

Those most likely to think that it had increased were older (88% of 55-64 year olds, and 87% of over 65s), as well as Liberal/National voters (81%).

Less than 10% of each demographic group thought the threat of terrorism had decreased.

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