General opinions on the dispute between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau

Jul 9, 2019

Q. Do you see the Israel Folau situation as being:

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Mainly about Folau’s freedom of speech and right to express his religious views 43% 35% 49% 28% 50%
Mainly about whether Rugby Australia should be able to dismiss an employee who is in breach of contract 49% 57% 45% 61% 41%
Don’t know 9% 6% 11% 9% 12%
  • Among those who have been following the dispute (either following it closely, or read or seen some news about it), the public is split, with similar proportions thinking the dispute between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau is mainly about Folau’s freedom of speech and right to express his religious views (43%) and those thinking it’s mainly about whether Rugby Australia should be able to dismiss an employee who is in breach of contract (49%).
  • Slightly more Australians stated that the Israel Folau dispute is mainly about a breach of his contract (49%) than freedom of speech (43%).
  • Coalition voters were more likely to select that the dispute is about Folau’s freedom of speech (49%) than Labor (35%) or Greens voters (28%).