Apr 1, 2014

Essential: thumbs down to knights and dames, but RDA splits voters

Voters are split on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, today's Essential Report finds, while even those who favour deregulation want more regulation in those areas that affect them personally.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Less than a quarter of voters approve of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s restoration of British-style “knights and dames” honours, but the move is popular with older people and Coalition voters, new polling from Essential Research reveals.

Some 43% of voters disapprove of the move, including 57% of Labor voters and 63% of Greens voters, but 46% of Coalition voters approve of it, compared to 25% who don’t. Twenty-one per cent of voters strongly disapprove, compared to 6% who strongly approve. Of voters over 55, 39% approve.

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  1. andrew neeson

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