Sep 2, 2014

Essential: terrorism hype working well

Australians believe the terrorism threat is growing, but still support multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy, today's Essential Report shows.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australians are convinced the threat of terrorism is growing, today’s Essential Report finds, although the government is yet to get a polling bounce out of it.

Demonstrating the effectiveness of an old-fashioned national security scare campaign, Essential shows 57% of voters think the terrorist threat has increased in recent years; only 6% say it has decreased. The only voters to display scepticism about claims of a “security nightmare” from Islamic State militants are Greens voters, who think the threat is diminishing rather than growing, 27%-25%. Coalition voters were most likely to believe the threat was growing, 69%-3%. Voters also strongly approve of the Prime Minister’s commitment of over $60 million to address radicalisation of Australians, 56%-24%, although Coalition voters were by far the strongest in support, 78%-10%. Greens voters disapproved 46%-34% while Labor voters approved 47%-34%.

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