Support for anti-terrorism measures

Oct 25, 2016

Q. Would you support or oppose the following measures?

  TOTAL Support TOTAL Oppose Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Preventing Australian citizens suspected of fighting in Syria from leaving the country 64% 19% 33% 31% 10% 9% 18%
Preventing dual nationals who are suspected of fighting in Syria from returning to Australia 81% 8% 54% 27% 6% 2% 12%
Allowing the government to monitor phone calls and data of all citizens 44% 43% 20% 24% 22% 21% 14%
Supporting on the ground intervention by western military, including Australia, in Syria 49% 29% 16% 33% 19% 10% 23%
Investing in local programs to help de-radicalise youth 79% 9% 34% 45% 6% 3% 13%

 

The most strong support for anti-terrorism measures was to ‘prevent dual nationals who are suspected of fighting in Syria from returning to Australia’ (81%). This was followed by ‘investing in local programs to help de-radicalise youth’ (79%).

A strong majority (64%) also supported ‘preventing Australian citizens suspected of fighting in Syria from leaving the country’.

Less popular (and supported by under half of Australians) were ‘supporting on the ground intervention by western military, including Australia, in Syria’ (49%) and ‘allowing the government to monitor phone calls and data of all citizens’ (44%).

Comments on ‘Allowing the government to monitor phone calls and data of all citizens’

Support for this measure increases with age; while just 31% of those aged 34 and under support allowing the government to monitor phone calls and data of all citizens, support increases to 44% for those aged 35-54 and 555 for those aged 55+.

Lib/Nat voters (57%) were far more likely to support this measure. Greens voters (15%) were far less likely, and Labor voters (41%) did not differ significantly from the average.