Views towards PM’s decision not to hold an independent investigation into Christian Porter allegations

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements regarding the Prime Minister’s decision not to hold an independent investigation into claims of rape and sexual assault against Attorney General Christian Porter is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
We need to respect the rule of law, we can’t have a trial by mob. The police has said they will not be pressing charges and that should be the end of the matter. 45% 49% 41% 36% 42% 55% 28% 63% 23% 52%
The Prime Minister needs an independent investigation to determine if the Attorney General is a fit and proper person to be the nation’s first law officer. 55% 51% 59% 64% 58% 45% 72% 37% 77% 48%
Base (n) 997 505 492 294 346 357 321 367 89 132
  • It’s closer to over half (55%) of people’s view that the Prime Minister needs an independent investigation to determine if the Attorney General is a fit and proper person to be the nation’s first law officer. The majority of women (59%) chose this option.
  • Greens and Labor voters are most likely to hold this view (77% and 72% respectively) compared to other voters (37% Coalition voters, 48% minor and independent party voters).
  • On the other hand, 45% think ‘We need to respect the rule of law, we can’t have a trial by mob. The police has said they will not be pressing charges and that should be the end of the matter.’ Men (49%), those over 55 (55%) and Coalition voters (63%) are mostly likely to align with this view.

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