Feeds

Australians like the NBN: poll

Gaining ground again after slump

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The campaign against Australia’s National Broadband Network appears to be losing ground, with a poll by Essential Research showing growing support for the government’s infrastructure project.

Although supporters of the network have always outweighed opponents in Essential’s poll, its latest research shows that for a while, the anti-NBN political campaign gained some ground.

Support for the project now stands at 56 percent of respondents to the poll, recapturing a peak last seen in September 2010. In the interim, however, sustained criticism of the NBN seemed to gain some traction among Australians, so that a year ago, total support had fallen to 48 percent.

The “total support” figure combines those that “strongly favour” the network (20 percent in yesterday’s poll) and “favour” (36 percent).

However, nay-sayers today remain more numerous than in 2010, with the total respondents expressing opposition to the network standing at 25 percent (compared to 18 percent in the 2010 survey). Today’s figure, however, represents a decline in opposition to the network.

Unsurprisingly, Labor and Greens voters show the strongest support, at 80 percent and 77 percent, respectively. The Liberal / National voters are less likely to show such a strong party / NBN association, with a small majority (43 percent) opposing the network compared to 42 percent supporting.

Essential says even the older 55-64 age group favours the network 52 percent to 34 percent. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.