Mandatory Pre-commitment Trial

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to conduct a trial of mandatory pre-commitment for poker machines which will require gamblers to set limits on how much they can lose?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 58% 69% 49% 82%
Total disapprove 29% 20% 40% 12%
Strongly approve 22% 28% 17% 33%
Approve 36% 41% 32% 49%
Disapprove 16% 12% 22% 9%
Strongly disapprove 13% 8% 18% 3%
Don’t know 13% 12% 11% 5%

58% said they approved the Government’s proposal to conduct a trial of mandatory pre-commitment for poker machines and 29% disapproved.

Labor voters (69%) and Greens voters (82%) showed high approval and Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve (49%) than disapprove (40%).

These figures indicate a slightly lower approval of the trial than for the introduction of mandatory commitment – last week’s survey showed 62% support and 25% opposition to the mandatory commitment proposal.

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Support for Mandatory Pre-commitment

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the mandatory pre-commitment proposal to address problem gambling which will require poker machine players to set limits on how much they can lose?

18 Apr 2011 12 Sept 2011 10 Oct 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 65% 67% 61% 62% 71% 53% 77%
Total oppose 21% 25% 30% 25% 17% 35% 15%
Strongly support 32% 34% 29% 27% 32% 21% 38%
Support 33% 33% 32% 35% 39% 32% 39%
Oppose 12% 13% 15% 16% 11% 22% 6%
Strongly oppose 9% 12% 15% 9% 6% 13% 9%
Don’t know 13% 9% 9% 14% 12% 12% 9%

62% of respondents said they support the proposal for mandatory pre-commitment for poker machines and 25% oppose. This represents a small drop in opposition since this issue was last polled in October 2011 – but a similar level of support.

A majority of all voter and demographic groups supported the proposal.

Support for the proposal in NSW was 52% with 34% opposed, in Queensland 54%/30% and in Victoria 71%/16%.

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Regulation of Gambling

Oct 31, 2011

Q. For each of the following forms of gambling, which do you think need more or less regulation?

Needs more regulation Needs less regulation Current regulation is about right Don’t know Needs more regulation 27 Apr 11
Online gambling in general 67% 4% 17% 12% 68%
Poker machines 52% 5% 35% 8% 62%
Casinos 47% 4% 40% 9% 53%
Betting on sport e.g. football, cricket 52% 4% 34% 10% 46%
Betting on horse racing 35% 5% 51% 9% 37%
Lotto 15% 6% 70% 9% 20%

More than half the respondents think there needs to be more regulation of online gambling (67%), poker machines (52%) and betting on sport (52%).

Support for more regulation of poker machines has dropped 10% since this question was last asked in April.

By vote, 67% of Greens voters, 61% of Labor voters and 43% of Liberal/National voters support more regulation of poker machines. 44% of Liberal/National voters think current regulation is about right, compared to 28% of Labor voters and 25% of Greens voters. There are no substantial differences by age, gender or income.

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Betting on the Melbourne Cup

Oct 31, 2011

Q. Will you be placing a bet on the Melbourne Cup?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Yes 40% 42% 43% 42%
No 44% 44% 41% 42%
Don’t know 16% 14% 16% 16%

Although only 22% have a high or moderate interest in horse racing, 40% say they will be placing a bet on the Melbourne Cup.

Those most likely to place a bet were aged 35-54 (45%) and full-time workers (49%). Men and women were equally likely to place a bet.

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Pokies Legislation

Oct 10, 2011

Q. The Federal Government has proposed gambling reforms which include “pre-commitment” technology that will require pokies players to have a card registered to their name and pre-programmed to prevent them losing more than a set amount in a 24-hour period. Do you support or oppose this measure?

18 Apr 2011 12 Sept 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 65% 67% 61% 73% 52% 82%
Total oppose 21% 25% 30% 21% 41% 10%
Strongly support 32% 34% 29% 38% 20% 53%
Support 33% 33% 32% 35% 32% 29%
Oppose 12% 13% 15% 13% 20% 5%
Strongly oppose 9% 12% 15% 8% 21% 5%
Don’t know 13% 9% 9% 6% 7% 8%

The majority of respondents support the proposed gambling reforms to include pre-commitment technology on pokies machines around Australia.

However, support for the reform has fallen 6 points to 61% this week, with opposition climbing from 25% to 30% at the same time.

Greens voters are the most likely to support the reform (82%) followed by Labor voters (73%).    Whilst Coalition voters were the least likely to do so, the majority of them nonetheless support the reforms (52%).

Looking at the responses by age, respondents aged 18-24 are the most likely to support the reforms (74%) whilst those aged 55-64 are the most likely to oppose them (42%).

Looking are responses by state and territory, respondents in NSW are the most likely to oppose the reforms, with 37% stating they are either strongly opposed or opposed to the proposed legislation.

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Social Cost of Gambling

Oct 10, 2011

Q .From what you have read or heard, please select the sum of money from the list below that you think reflects the social cost of problem gamblers in Australia each year?

Total Support Pokies Reform * Oppose Pokies Reform
$10 million 7% 7% 9%
$100 million 19% 19% 22%
$1 billion 18% 20% 13%
$5 billion 14% 18% 9%
$10 billion 8% 11% 5%
Don’t know 33% 25% 42%
*Aggregate figures have been used for Support/Oppose pokies legislation by combining strongly support with support and strongly oppose with oppose.

The most common response amongst respondents was ‘don’t’ know’ (33%).   Out of the figures from which respondents could choose, the most common response was $100 million (19%) and $1 billion (18%).

Fourteen percent answered correctly, estimating the social cost to be approximately $5 billion[1].

Those who support the pokies reform are more likely to guess the social cost to be high with 18% estimating it to be $5 billion and 11% estimating it to be $10 billion.

Those opposed to the reforms were less likely to estimate the social cost to be high, with only 9% believing it to be $5 billion and 5% believing it to be $10 billion.


[1] Productivity Commission, Inquiry Report, Gambling, No.50, 26 February 2010.

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Regulation of Gambling

Apr 27, 2011

Q. For each of the following forms of gambling, which do you think need more or less regulation?

Needs more regulation Needs less regulation Current regulation is about right Don’t know
Online gambling in general 68% 4% 16% 12%
Poker machines 62% 5% 24% 9%
Casinos 53% 4% 32% 11%
Betting on sport e.g. football, cricket 46% 4% 36% 14%
Betting on horse racing 37% 4% 47% 13%
Lotto 20% 4% 65% 11%

About two thirds of respondents think there should be more regulation of online gambling (68%) and poker machines (62%). 53% think that casinos need more regulation.

Differences by voting intention were –

  • Liberal/National voters were less likely to favour more regulation of casinos (47%) and poker machines (55%)
  • More regulation of poker machines was more strongly favoured by Greens (74%) and Labor (65%) voters.

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Opinion of Gambling Reforms

Apr 18, 2011

Q. The Federal Government has proposed gambling reforms which include “pre-commitment” technology that will require pokie players to have a card registered to their name and pre-programmed to prevent them losing more than a set amount in a 24-hour period. Do you support or oppose this measure? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total support 65% 76% 62% 75% 66% 65% 69% 66% 60%
Total oppose 21% 16% 28% 16% 23% 19% 12% 21% 32%
Strongly support 32% 42% 26% 42% 31% 33% 32% 34% 28%
Support 33% 34% 36% 33% 35% 32% 37% 32% 32%
Oppose 12% 10% 15% 11% 11% 13% 8% 11% 18%
Strongly oppose 9% 6% 13% 5% 12% 6% 4% 10% 14%
Don’t know 13% 8% 10% 8% 11% 16% 18% 13% 9%

Two thirds (65%) of respondents support The Federal Government’s proposed gambling reforms which include “pre-commitment” ” technology that will require pokie players to have a card registered to their name and pre-programmed to prevent them losing more than a set amount in a 24-hour period and 21% oppose.

Support is consistently above 60% across all voter and demographic groups. The highest support is from Labor voters (76%), Greens voters (75%) and those aged under 35 (69%). By income, support ranges from 61% for those on $600-$1,000 pw to 70% for those earning $1,600+ pw.

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