Read or heard about media regulation proposal

Mar 25, 2013

Q. The Federal Government has proposed new legislation to regulate the media – including  appointing an advocate to oversee the current self-regulatory bodies such as the Press Council and with the power to prevent media mergers not considered to be in the public interest. How much have you read or heard about the Government’s plans to introduce new regulation of the media?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

12%

12%

14%

8%

Some

22%

22%

26%

22%

A little

31%

29%

31%

42%

Nothing

29%

30%

24%

28%

Don’t know

6%

7%

5%

1%

60% said they had heard little or nothing about the Federal Government’s proposed legislation to regulate the media. Only 12% said they had read or heard a lot and 22% said they had read/heard some.

Those most likely to have read/heard a lot/some were men (45%), Liberal/National voters (40%) and aged 55+ (50%).

Support for proposed media regulation

Mar 25, 2013

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s plans to reform regulation of the media?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

29%

49%

18%

29%

Total oppose

34%

18%

50%

30%

Strongly support

7%

13%

2%

11%

Support

22%

36%

16%

18%

Oppose

23%

16%

31%

25%

Strongly oppose

11%

2%

19%

5%

Don’t know

36%

33%

32%

40%

29% support the Government’s proposed media regulation and 34% oppose. 36% have no opinion. Labor voters tend to support the legislation (49% to 18%) and Liberal/National voters tend to oppose by a similar margin (18% to 50%). 51% of those aged 55+ oppose the legislation.