Biggest threats to the world

Aug 4, 2015

Q. Which of the following international issues represents the biggest threat to the world? And which is the second biggest threat? 

  Total Biggest threat Second biggest threat   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Terrorism 61% 43% 18% 61% 71% 35% 57%
Global economic instability 51% 23% 28% 50% 52% 50% 54%
Climate change 38% 21% 17% 47% 21% 68% 36%
Fighting in the Middle East 23% 6% 17% 17% 27% 21% 29%
Chinese economic slowdown 12% 4% 8% 12% 13% 4% 12%
Tensions between Russia and its neighbours 8% 2% 6% 6% 10% 8% 9%
Tensions between China and its neighbours 7% 1% 6% 6% 6% 14% 3%

61% think that terrorism is one of the two biggest threats to the world and 51% nominated global economic instability as one of the biggest threats.

38% think climate change is one of the two biggest threats.

Labor and Liberal/National voters nominated terrorism and global economic instability as the biggest threats while Greens voters were more likely to think climate change was a bigger threat (68%). Only 21% of Liberal/National voters think climate change is one of the two biggest threats.

Biggest threats to Australia

Aug 4, 2015

Q. Which of the following international issues represents the biggest threat to Australia? And which is the second biggest threat? 

  Total Biggest threat Second biggest threat   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Global economic instability 55% 25% 30% 51% 58% 59% 55%
Terrorism 47% 26% 21% 48% 54% 21% 46%
Climate change 38% 22% 16% 47% 18% 72% 31%
Chinese economic slowdown 36% 20% 16% 31% 44% 27% 36%
Fighting in the Middle East 12% 3% 9% 10% 13% 9% 15%
Tensions between China and its neighbours 9% 4% 5% 11% 8% 8% 13%
Tensions between Russia and its neighbours 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 3% 5%

55% think that global economic instability is one of the two biggest threats to Australia and 47% nominated terrorism as one of the biggest threats.

38% think climate change is one of the two biggest threats and 36% nominated the Chinese economic slowdown.

Labor voters think global economic instability, terrorism and climate change represent similar levels of threat while Liberal/National voters were more likely to think the Chinese economic slowdown was a threat. Only 18% of Liberal/National voters thought climate change was one of the two biggest threats to Australia.

Threat of terrorism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same? 

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 2014

Total increased

75%

74%

84%

54%

83%

57%

Total decreased

2%

3%

2%

3%

1%

6%

Increased a lot

39%

37%

46%

18%

52%

22%

Increased a little

36%

37%

38%

36%

31%

35%

Stayed about the same

20%

21%

14%

39%

13%

33%

Decreased a little

1%

2%

1%

1%

3%

Decreased a lot

1%

1%

1%

2%

1%

3%

Don’t know

4%

1%

1%

5%

3%

4%

 

75% think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased – up from 57% recorded in September. 20% (down 13%) think it has stayed about the same and 2% (down 4%) think it has decreased.

Those most likely to think it has increased were Liberal/National voters (84%) and those aged 55+ (85%).

Approval of handling threat of terrorism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

46%

24%

81%

24%

40%

Total disapprove

33%

53%

8%

55%

35%

Strongly approve

13%

4%

28%

6%

12%

Approve

33%

20%

53%

18%

28%

Disapprove

18%

30%

7%

18%

17%

Strongly disapprove

15%

23%

1%

37%

18%

Don’t know

22%

23%

10%

20%

25%

 

46% approve of the way the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia and 33% disapprove.

81% of Liberal/National voters approve while a majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (55%) disapprove.

Threat of terrorism

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Do you think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more or less safe from the threat of terrorism?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more safe

15%

11%

25%

5%

11%

Total less safe

51%

54%

41%

73%

58%

A lot more safe

5%

4%

8%

2%

3%

A little more safe

10%

7%

17%

3%

8%

Make no difference

25%

27%

28%

18%

23%

A little less safe

27%

28%

25%

41%

22%

A lot less safe

24%

26%

16%

32%

36%

Don’t know

9%

7%

6%

3%

8%

Only 15% think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more safe from the threat of terrorism and 51% think it will make Australia less safe.

Those most likely to think it will make Australia less safe from the threat of terrorism were Greens voters (73%), other party voters (58%) and women (57%)

Threat of terrorism

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increased

57%

56%

69%

25%

55%

Total decreased

6%

5%

3%

27%

6%

Increased a lot

22%

18%

30%

8%

24%

Increased a little

35%

38%

39%

17%

31%

Stayed about the same

33%

38%

26%

45%

33%

Decreased a little

3%

4%

2%

2%

4%

Decreased a lot

3%

1%

1%

25%

2%

Don’t know

4%

2%

2%

4%

5%

57% think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, 33% think it has stayed about the same and 6% think it has decreased.

Those most likely to think it has increased were Liberal/National voters (69%), women (62%) and those aged 55+ (77%).