Support for Julian Assange

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Julian Assange faces extradition from the UK to Sweden for an investigation into sexual assault allegations. In Sweden he will be detained while the investigation continues, and he may be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s release of US diplomatic cables.

Do you think the Australian government has provided appropriate support to Assange given he faces investigation for sexual assault in Sweden and possible extradition to the US?

 

19 Mar 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Government have provided appropriate support

22%

28%

37%

30%

16%

Government have not provided appropriate support

36%

33%

34%

32%

42%

Don’t know

41%

38%

29%

38%

41%

33% (down 3% since March) believe that Julian Assange has not received appropriate support from the Australian Government and 28% (up 6%) think he has received appropriate support. 38% could not give an opinion.

39% of men think the Government has not provided appropriate support compared to 28% of women – mainly due the 47% of women who said they “don’t know”.  34% of respondents aged 18-34 think Julian Assange has not received appropriate support compared to 21% who think the Government has provided appropriate support.

Government Response if Julian Assange is Charged by US

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Recently US government figures have indicated they want Julian Assange to be prosecuted. If he is charged by the US, what do you think the Australian Government should do?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Support US attempts to prosecute him

9%

8%

10%

4%

Call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support

34%

40%

33%

30%

Offer him protection from extradition and prosecution.

24%

26%

19%

41%

Do nothing

13%

12%

17%

7%

Don’t know

20%

13%

21%

19%

34% think that if Julian Assange is charged by the US, the Australian Government should call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support and 24% think the Government should offer him protection from extradition and prosecution. Only 9% think the Government should support US attempts to prosecute him and 13% think they should do nothing.

Support for offering Assange protection was highest among older respondents – 31% of respondents aged 55+ compared to 22% of those aged under 35.

Wikileaks – Australian Government Support for Julian Assange

Dec 20, 2010

Q. The US Government is reportedly intending to lay charges against Julian Assange as head of Wikileaks. Should Julian Assange receive support and assistance from the Australian Government if he is charged with an offence by the US or another country?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should receive support and assistance 50% 52% 50% 76%
Should not receive support and assistance 26% 29% 27% 14%
Don’t know 24% 19% 23% 10%

50% believe that Julian Assange should receive support and assistance from the Australian Government if he is charged with an offence by the US or another country and 26% think he should not – 24% have no opinion. A majority of voters for each of the major parties believed that Government support should be given.

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