Approval of Royal Commission

Nov 19, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in institutions?

 

Total

Vote ALP

Vote Libs

Vote Greens

Cath-
olic

Ang-
lican

Other Protest-
ant

Other religion

No religion

Total approve

88%

92%

87%

95%

83%

88%

93%

86%

91%

Total disapprove

4%

2%

6%

3%

6%

6%

2%

3%

3%

Strongly approve

60%

66%

55%

72%

48%

61%

68%

56%

65%

Approve

28%

26%

32%

23%

35%

27%

25%

30%

26%

Disapprove

3%

2%

5%

2%

4%

5%

2%

3%

2%

Strongly disapprove

1%

*

1%

1%

2%

1%

1%

Don’t know

8%

5%

8%

1%

11%

6%

5%

11%

6%

88% approve of the Government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in institutions and 4% disapprove.

The groups most likely to “strongly approve” were aged 65+ (71%), Greens voters (72%), Labor voters (66%), other protestants (68%) and those on incomes less than $1,000 pw (70%).

Important outcomes from Royal Commission

Nov 19, 2012

Q. What are the most important things that should come out of the Royal Commission? (select up to 3)

 

Total

Vote ALP

Vote Libs

Vote Greens

Cath-
olic

Ang-
lican

Other Protest-
ant

Other relig-
ion

No relig-
ion

Preventing future child sexual abuse

63%

63%

63%

74%

65%

59%

62%

57%

65%

Prosecution of offenders

60%

55%

67%

48%

58%

67%

68%

53%

59%

Removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur

39%

39%

35%

58%

27%

42%

33%

37%

48%

Giving victims the opportunity to tell their story

27%

31%

24%

28%

28%

28%

30%

27%

25%

Exposing previously unreported or unresolved allegations

27%

26%

30%

24%

28%

23%

27%

26%

29%

Exposing institutional cover-ups

24%

23%

23%

32%

22%

23%

27%

18%

26%

Compensation for victims

16%

18%

12%

15%

19%

19%

13%

18%

13%

Restoring public confidence in institutions

11%

13%

13%

4%

16%

13%

15%

11%

6%

Establishing a public record of fact regarding child sexual abuse in institutions

9%

10%

7%

8%

8%

9%

7%

10%

9%

Don’t know

4%

3%

4%

1%

5%

2%

3%

7%

4%

Prefer not to answer

1%

*

*

1%

1%

1%

Respondents think that the most important things that should come out of the Royal Commission are preventing future child abuse (63%) and prosecution of offenders (60%). 39% think that removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur is also important.

These were clearly the top three issues for all groups except Catholics who placed somewhat less importance on removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (27%). Greens voters considered removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (58%) to be more important than prosecution of offenders (48%). Liberal/National voters thought the most important outcome should be prosecution of offenders (67%). Women were a little more likely to nominate preventing future child abuse (69%) and removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (43%).