Tuesday 21 October 2014


Vote Compass explorer: What Australians think about the big political issues

The ABC's Vote Compass policy tool received more than 1.4 million responses during the 2013 federal election campaign.

They have now crunched the enormous final dataset, weighted it against Census information and are releasing the full data so you can find out who thinks what about the key political issues facing Australia.

Click here to see the results where you can you can change the "Demographic Group" to see the results by sub-groups (including age, education, State, religion).

Public Desire for Legalisation of Assisted Dying in Restricted Circumstances

The desire of the Australian public for the legalisation of assisted dying in restricted circumstances (broadly, "voluntary euthanasia") continues at record levels, new major national research conducted by Newspoll during late 2012 shows. The report is available here » ...

New survey shows majority support for euthanasia

In November 2012 The Australia Institute released their nationally representative survey of 1,422 people which found that 71 per cent of Australians support the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia for people experiencing unrelievable and incurable physical and/or mental suffering.

Gallup Poll Europe 2012

"Gallup Poll Europe 2012" is a comprehensive survey of public opinion in twelve European countries on assisted dying, with the usual substantial majorities in favour. Germany and Spain are particularly supportive.

The usual Newspoll question on voluntary euthanasia is, “If a hopelessly ill patient, experiencing unrelievable suffering, with absolutely no chance of recovering, asks for a lethal dose, should a doctor be allowed to give a lethal dose or not?

In 1962 47% said “yes” to a similar question and the percentage has steadily increased since then.

In four polls through the 1990s the positive response was 76 to 78%.

In 2002 a Morgan poll showed national support at 73%. The responses among religious groups in South Australia were; Anglican 81%, Methodist 87%, Presbyterian 66%, Catholic 69%, Uniting Church 74%, Lutheran 74%, and Babtist 68%.

In 2007 the same question was asked in a Newspoll survey, with 80% of Australians saying “yes”. Of respondents who stated they had a religious affiliation 74% answered “yes”.

In a 2009 Newspoll 85% of Australians gave an affirmative answer.

A 2010 survey by the Australia Institute (an independent ‘think tank’ developing and conducting research and policy analysis, had a 75% positive response to the question.

In 2011 a Newspoll conducted in NSW showed 83% support across the State. In Sydney 80.5% said “yes” while in non-Sydney NSW that figure rose to 88.4%. There was little variance in the response among different income or education levels, or between people with children or with no children.

Politicians should be asked to explain why they refuse to enact the will of the people.