Big contrast with that Channel Nine poll
The majority of Australians (51%) believe
that convicted drug trafficker, Schapelle Corby, is not guilty of
attempting to smuggle 4.1kgs of Marijuana into Indonesia . However, 21%
of Australians believe Schapelle Corby is guilty, whilst a larger
number (28%) are undecided.
On the issue of whether Prime Minister John Howard should become
involved and ask the Indonesian President to pardon Schapelle Corby,
37% of all Australians believe Mr Howard should not ask the President
of Indonesia to pardon Schapelle Corby at all, 37% believe that Mr
Howard should wait until after her appeal, 21% think Mr Howard should
ask the President of Indonesia to pardon Schapelle Corby now, and 5%
can’t say. These are the findings according to a special telephone
Morgan Poll, conducted June 1/2 to assess Schapelle Corby’s recent
conviction and sentence.
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Gary Morgan says:
“The trial and sentencing of Schapelle Corby has received a
great deal of media coverage. The media would have everyone believe
that an overwhelming majority of Australians think Schapelle Corby is
innocent, however this latest Morgan Poll shows only a slight majority
(51%) of Australians believe Schapelle Corby is innocent while 21%
believe she is guilty. There are 28% of Australians undecided on
whether she is guilty of not.
“Prime Minister John Howard has been criticised for not becoming
involved in the trial of Schapelle Corby. This latest Morgan Poll shows
more Australians (37%) agree with Mr Howard’s decision not to become
involved than those who think he should ask the President of Indonesia
to pardon Schapelle Corby now (21%). A further 37% of Australians
believe Mr Howard should wait until after Schapelle Corby’s appeal.”
Schapelle Corby’s Twenty Year Sentence:
Of Australians who believe Schapelle Corby is guilty, most believe
the sentence should have been less than twenty years. More than half
those who believe Schapelle Corby is guilty (13% of all Australians)
said the sentence should be less than twenty years, 5% twenty years,
0.5% life, 0.5% the death penalty and the remaining 2% thought she was
guilty but couldn’t say what sentence she should have received.