Government regulation

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Governments making laws to regulate the following?

 

Total approve

Total dis
-approve

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis
-approve

Strongly dis
-approve

Don’t know

Total approve 30 Apr 12

Wearing seatbelts in cars

97%

2%

77%

20%

2%

*

1%

97%

Wearing bike helmets

92%

6%

68%

24%

5%

1%

2%

94%

Personal use of recreational drugs

64%

27%

34%

30%

12%

15%

10%

59%

Smoking in public places

72%

25%

46%

26%

13%

12%

3%

67%

Buying and consuming alcohol

73%

21%

31%

42%

15%

6%

5%

69%

Shopping hours

56%

35%

17%

39%

25%

10%

9%

56%

Cigarette packaging

67%

27%

40%

27%

14%

13%

6%

64%

Junk food advertising

71%

24%

31%

40%

16%

8%

4%

66%

Gambling, poker machines

73%

23%

40%

33%

13%

10%

4%

na

Films (i.e. censorship)

61%

31%

20%

41%

21%

10%

8%

62%

The internet

53%

38%

18%

35%

22%

16%

8%

49%

Making public statements which other people might find offensive

41%

44%

13%

28%

26%

18%

15%

na

For each of the areas listed above more than half of respondents approved of Governments making laws to regulate the area – with the exception of “making public statements which other people might find offensive” (41% approve/44% disapprove).

The highest levels of approval were for wearing seatbelts in cars (97%) and wearing bike helmets (92%). The highest levels of disapproval were for making public statements which other people might find offensive (44%), the internet (38%) and shopping hours (35%).

Since this question was asked in April last year approval of regulation has increased for personal use of recreational drugs (+5%), smoking in public places (+5%) and junk food advertising (+5%).

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