Statements about Cutting Journalists

Jul 2, 2012

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Read daily

Read a few times a week

Read about once a week

Read less often/

never

As we lose more and more professional journalists, we are losing the seasoned judgments of skilled and experienced professionals in gathering and assessing information – and that is a bad thing for Australia and Australian democracy.

50%

53%

49%

52%

41%

48%

62%

70%

53%

44%

35%

With the internet, we all have access to a large amount of information and the loss of the professional journalists who work for the major newspapers in Australia really doesn’t matter that much.

31%

26%

34%

34%

37%

30%

25%

20%

28%

39%

36%

Don’t know

20%

21%

17%

14%

22%

22%

13%

10%

19%

17%

29%

Respondents were more likely to agree with the statement that “As we lose more and more professional journalists, we are losing the seasoned judgments of skilled and experienced professionals in gathering and assessing information – and that is a bad thing for Australia and Australian democracy” (50%).

Those most likely to support this statement were aged 55+ (62%), daily newspaper readers (70%) and Victorians (58%).