ABC bias

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Which of the following is closest to your opinion of the ABC?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The ABC is biased to the Left

22%

10%

42%

13%

13%

The ABC is not biased either to the Left or to the Right

36%

48%

21%

61%

46%

The ABC is biased to the Right

3%

1%

3%

2%

8%

Don’t know

40%

40%

34%

23%

33%

36% think that the ABC is not biased either to the Left or the Right and 22% think it is biased to the Left. A very high 40% do not know if the ABC is biased in any direction.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think the ABC is biased to the Left (42%). 61% of Greens voters and 48% of Labor voters think the ABC is not biased.

Approval of funding cuts to ABC

Nov 25, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the 5% annual funding cut to the ABC? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

25%

13%

45%

7%

23%

Total disapprove

52%

67%

36%

87%

54%

Strongly approve

8%

2%

18%

10%

Approve

17%

11%

27%

7%

13%

Disapprove

27%

27%

29%

27%

24%

Strongly disapprove

25%

40%

7%

60%

30%

Don’t know

23%

20%

19%

6%

23%

25% approve the cuts to the ABC and 52% disapprove – 23% don’t know.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (87%), Labor voters (67%) and respondents aged 45-64 (60%).

Concern about funding cuts to ABC

Sep 30, 2014

Q. How concerned are you that funding cuts may result in the ABC cutting back or dropping some of its current affairs programs? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total concerned

53%

64%

34%

85%

57%

Total not concerned

39%

29%

57%

12%

39%

Very concerned

25%

32%

10%

59%

31%

Somewhat concerned

28%

32%

24%

26%

26%

Not very concerned

21%

18%

26%

8%

28%

Not at all concerned

18%

11%

31%

4%

11%

Don’t know

9%

7%

9%

4%

4%

53% were concerned that funding cuts may result in the ABC cutting back or dropping some of its current affairs programs and 39% were not concerned.

Those most likely to be concerned were Greens voters (85%), Labor voters (64%) and university educated (62%).

Trust in Institutions

Jul 1, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

 

Total

trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

 

Total trust

12 Jun 12

Total trust

18 Mar 13

The High Court

57%

20%

37%

27%

12%

4%

-17

60%

74%

The ABC

54%

18%

36%

29%

13%

5%

-16

54%

70%

The Reserve Bank

52%

17%

35%

30%

13%

5%

-12

49%

64%

Charitable organisations

45%

6%

39%

36%

14%

4%

-7

50%

52%

Your local council

33%

5%

28%

38%

24%

4%

-1

na

34%

TV news media

32%

2%

26%

47%

23%

3%

+2

21%

30%

Environment groups

31%

5%

26%

38%

25%

5%

-10

32%

41%

The Commonwealth Public Service

31%

5%

26%

40%

19%

10%

-5

30%

36%

Newspapers

30%

3%

27%

46%

21%

3%

26%

30%

Religious organisations

26%

5%

21%

28%

41%

4%

-1

27%

27%

Federal Parliament

25%

4%

21%

33%

39%

3%

-9

22%

34%

Online news media

25%

2%

23%

49%

21%

4%

-2

23%

27%

State Parliament

24%

3%

21%

35%

37%

4%

-6

na

30%

Trade unions

22%

4%

18%

33%

39%

7%

-3

22%

25%

Business groups

22%

1%

21%

44%

27%

6%

-4

22%

26%

Political parties

13%

2%

11%

33%

50%

3%

+1

12%

12%

 Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’

Since this question was last asked in March last year, there has been a significant decline in trust in the High Court (-17%), the ABC (-16%), the Reserve Bank (-12%), environment groups (-10) and the Federal Parliament (-9). Trust in the High Court, ABC and Reserve Bank is back to similar levels to that recorded in 2012.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (57%), the ABC (54%), the Reserve Bank (52%) and charitable organisations (45%). They had least trust in political parties (13%), trade unions (22%) and business groups (22%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (62%), environment groups (41%) and trade unions (34%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in the Reserve Bank (62%), Federal Parliament (43%), State Parliament (36%) and business groups (32%).

Cutting funding to ABC

Apr 22, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of cutting funding to the ABC?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

21%

12%

37%

8%

15%

Total disapprove

61%

70%

43%

85%

75%

Strongly approve

7%

2%

16%

3%

5%

Approve

14%

10%

21%

5%

10%

Disapprove

29%

29%

30%

12%

38%

Strongly disapprove

32%

41%

13%

73%

37%

Don’t know

18%

19%

20%

7%

10%

61% disapprove (including 32% strongly disapprove) of cutting funding to the ABC and 21% approve.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (85%), other voters (75%) and Labor voters (70%). Liberal/National voters were split 37% approve and 43% disapprove.

Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to approve  – 26% approve/60% disapprove. 28% of men approved compared to only 14% of women.

Reason for cutting funding to ABC

Apr 22, 2014

Q. If the Federal Government cut funding to the ABC do you think it would be because:

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The Government needs to reduce overall spending

45%

36%

64%

25%

39%

The Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage

28%

38%

6%

65%

36%

The ABC has more than enough funding to do its job efficiently

10%

6%

17%

1%

7%

Don’t know

18%

20%

13%

9%

18%

45% think that funding cuts to the ABC would be made because the Government needs to reduce overall spending and 28% think it would be because the Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage.

Those more likely to think it would be because the Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage were Greens voters (65%), Labor voters (38%), income less than $600pw (38%) and university educated (34%).

Trust in media coverage of election campaign

Aug 19, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the way the following media have reported and commented on the election campaign so far?

 

Total a lot/sometrust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

ABC TV

58%

22%

36%

10%

7%

8%

17%

SBS TV

52%

16%

36%

9%

5%

10%

24%

Commercial TV

29%

3%

26%

34%

19%

9%

9%

ABC radio

49%

16%

33%

10%

8%

8%

25%

Commercial radio

25%

4%

21%

27%

19%

10%

18%

The Australian

31%

5%

26%

15%

16%

9%

27%

The Telegraph (NSW)

25%

7%

18%

21%

28%

7%

19%

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)

39%

7%

32%

21%

16%

8%

17%

The Age (Victoria)

42%

7%

35%

21%

13%

9%

15%

Herald Sun (Victoria)

30%

5%

25%

25%

26%

8%

12%

Courier Mail (Queensland)

23%

2%

21%

20%

21%

9%

27%

The most trusted media for coverage of the election campaign were ABC TV (58% trust), SBS TV (52%) and ABC radio (49%).

The most trusted newspapers were The Age (42%) and the Sydney Morning Herald (39%).

The least trusted media were the Courier Mail (23%), The Telegraph (25%) and commercial radio (25%).

Privatisation of ABC and SBS

Jun 3, 2013

Q. Would you support or oppose the privatisation of the ABC and SBS?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

15%

11%

21%

3%

Total oppose

57%

68%

51%

75%

Strongly support

4%

3%

6%

Support

11%

8%

15%

3%

Oppose

25%

24%

28%

22%

Strongly oppose

32%

44%

23%

53%

Don’t know

28%

21%

28%

22%

15% support the privatisation of the ABC and SBS and 57% oppose. 28% did not give an opinion.

Strongest opposition came from men (61%), people aged 55+ (74%) and those on incomes under $1,000pw (68%).

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