Addressing crime

Jan 15, 2019

Q. And which of these types of crime are the most important for the Government to address?

  NET:

Top 3

  Most Important 2nd most important 3rd most important   Jan 18 NET: Top 3
Violent crime

(e.g. assault, murder)

65%   25% 20% 20%   62%
Drug-related crime 64%   20% 22% 22%   72%
Domestic violence 63%   25% 24% 15%   67%
Youth gang crime 52%   18% 18% 17%   53%
White-collar crime

(e.g. fraud, corporate crime)

29%   8% 9% 12%   28%
Burglary 16%   2% 5% 9%   13%
Car theft 10%   3% 3% 4%   6%

About two-thirds (65%) believe addressing violent crime should be a top priority for the government, followed by drug-related crime (64%) and domestic violence (63%).

Car theft (10%) and burglary (16%) are seen as lesser priorities.

Pill testing

Jan 15, 2019

Q. Thinking about drug policy, do you support or oppose pill testing services (where trained counsellors provide risk reduction advice informed by on-site, laboratory analysis of people’s drugs)?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Dec 18
NET: Support 63%   73% 57% 74% 58%   65% 62% 73% 57% 61% 59%
NET: Oppose 24%   18% 33% 17% 30%   28% 21% 17% 23% 32% 17%
Strongly support 30%   36% 23% 39% 31%   28% 31% 37% 26% 28% 23%
Support 34%   37% 33% 36% 28%   36% 31% 36% 31% 34% 36%
Oppose 12%   10% 17% 6% 12%   12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 8%
Strongly oppose 13%   8% 15% 11% 17%   16% 9% 5% 11% 20% 9%
Don’t know 12%   9% 10% 9% 12%   8% 17% 11% 20% 7% 25%

Over six in ten Australians (63%) support pill testing services. The majority of Labor (73%) and Coalition (57%) voters support pill testing as well as both genders (65% men and 62% women support) and age groups.

Support for these services has increased 4%pts from last month (up from 59% support in Dec’18).

Immigration and multiculturalism

Jan 15, 2019

Q. Do you think the levels of immigration into Australia over the past ten years has been…?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Apr 18
NET: Too high 56%   47% 67% 28% 77%   55% 57% 38% 58% 69% 64%
NET: Too low 12%   16% 5% 29% 3%   11% 12% 17% 11% 8% 5%
Much too high 33%   26% 37% 11% 57%   32% 34% 19% 35% 42% 37%
A little too high 23%   21% 30% 16% 20%   23% 23% 19% 23% 28% 27%
About right 26%   32% 25% 38% 16%   31% 22% 36% 24% 20% 23%
A little too low 7%   10% 4% 14% 2%   6% 8% 10% 7% 5% 4%
Much too low 4%   7% 1% 15% 1%   5% 4% 6% 4% 3% 1%
Don’t know 6%   5% 3% 6% 3%   3% 9% 9% 7% 3% 7%

Over half of Australians (56%) think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, but this has decreased from 64% in April 2018. 26% think it is about right and only 12% think it is too low.

Over 60% of Liberal/National voters (67%) think it is too high.

38% of people aged 18-35 think the immigration level is too high, this rises to 58% of 35-54 years olds and 69% among those aged over 55.

Statements about immigration and multiculturalism

Jan 15, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding multiculturalism in Australia?

NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 67% 26% 27% 40% 16% 10% 7%
Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians 67% 27% 27% 40% 18% 9% 6%
Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia 53% 40% 19% 34% 24% 16% 7%

Over two-thirds of Australians agree that ‘Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society’ (67%) and ‘Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians’ (67%).

However, over half (53%) expressed a concern that ‘Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia’. Concern was highest among those aged over 55 years (60%).

Far-right rally

Jan 15, 2019

Q. There was a far-right rally held in Melbourne last week opposing immigration the alleged crimes committed by African “gangs” in the city.

To what extent do you support agree or disagree with each of the following statements relating to this rally?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
There is no place in Australian society for the use of racist and fascist symbols used by participants in the rally 74% 17% 48% 26% 10% 7% 9%
All Australians have the right to peacefully protest, no matter how extreme their views 73% 19% 31% 42% 14% 5% 8%
Those attending the rally do not represent the views of the majority of Australians 60% 27% 31% 29% 17% 10% 13%
Scott Morrison demonstrated poor leadership by not immediately condemning the rally, and those who attended it, in stronger terms 48% 36% 21% 27% 23% 13% 16%
It was appropriate for Queensland senator Fraser Anning to use taxpayer money to attend the rally 22% 66% 8% 14% 18% 48% 12%

While 73% of Australians believe that ‘All Australians have the right to peacefully protest, no matter how extreme their views’, a similar proportion (74%) also feel agree that ‘There is no place in Australian society for the use of racist and fascist symbols used by participants in the rally’.

Six in ten believe that ‘Those attending the rally do not represent the views of the majority of Australians’.

Almost half (48%) agreed that ‘Scott Morrison demonstrated poor leadership by not immediately condemning the rally, and those who attended it, in stronger terms’.

Just 22% agreed ‘It was appropriate for Queensland senator Fraser Anning to use taxpayer money to attend the rally’ with 48% strongly disagreeing with this statement and 66% disagreeing overall.

NBN

Jan 15, 2019

Q. Is your home or workplace connected to the NBN? 

  Is your home connected to the NBN? Is your workplace connected to the NBN? NET: Home or work connected to NBN
Yes 59% 28% 65%
No 38% 19% 33%
Don’t know 3% 15% 2%
Not applicable 37%

 Almost two-thirds (65%) of Australians are now connected to the NBN – either in their home (59%) or workplace (28%).

Residents say NBN connection has been supplied to 71% of properties outside state capital cities and 53% within the main metropolitan areas.

NBN speed and reliability

Jan 15, 2019

Q. Would you say that your NBN internet service is better or worse than your previous service in terms of speed and reliability?

All people with NBN connection at home/work All people with NBN connection at home All people with NBN connection at work
NET: Better 51% 52% 58%
NET: Worse 17% 16% 13%
Much better 24% 25% 28%
A little better 27% 28% 29%
About the same 30% 30% 28%
A little worse 10% 9% 8%
Much worse 7% 7% 4%
Don’t know 2% 1% 2%

An NBN connection has improved the speed and reliability of internet connection in just over half of cases (51%), with 30% of those with NBN connection noticing no difference, and 17% claiming a worse service.

NBN privatisation

Jan 15, 2019

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of privatising the NBN when it is completed in 2020? 

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
NET: Approve 29% 27% 39% 24% 20% 36% 23% 42% 31% 17%
NET: Disapprove 44% 52% 38% 45% 51% 45% 43% 32% 41% 57%
Strongly approve 9% 10% 11% 5% 5% 12% 6% 14% 11% 3%
Somewhat approve 20% 17% 28% 19% 15% 24% 17% 28% 20% 14%
Somewhat disapprove 18% 19% 20% 15% 20% 18% 18% 14% 18% 21%
Strongly disapprove 26% 33% 18% 30% 31% 27% 25% 18% 23% 36%
Don’t know 27% 21% 23% 30% 29% 20% 34% 26% 28% 26%

 Under a third (29%) approve of privatising the NBN when it is completed in 2020 and 44% disapprove.

Most voter groups were more likely to disapprove of privatisation except for Liberal/National voters who were split 39% approve and 38% disapprove.