Media Ownership in Australia

Jul 25, 2011

Q. Rupert Murdoch owns most of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers including the Australian, Herald Sun, the Telegraph and the Courier Mail. Should the Government allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers?

Total

1 Nov 10

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should allow 15% 9% 8% 13% 4%
Should not allow 50% 58% 60% 53% 76%
Don’t care 26% 23% 22% 26% 12%
Don’t know 9% 10% 11% 8% 8%

58% of respondents stated that the Government should not allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers. This is an increase on the 50% who stated the same thing in November 2010.

Just 9% of respondents think that the Government should allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers (a drop for the 15% who said the same thing in November 2010.

Green voters (76%) were the most likely to state that the Government should not allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers, followed by Labor (60%) and Lib/Nat voters (53%).

Females (62%) were more likely than males (54%) to select ‘should not allow’.