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I-view Press Release 17th April 2014

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MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS AGREE THAT NSW PREMIER
BARRY O’FARRELL SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED

- More than four in 10 believe his actions were corrupt -

April 17, 2014

The majority of Australians agreed that NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell should have resigned over his evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption about a $3,000 bottle of wine given to him by a lobbyist, according to a new I-view Omnibus survey.

Only 19.7% of people disagreed with the question: “The NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has resigned over his evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption about a $3,000 bottle of wine given to him by a lobbyist. Do you think that Mr O’Farrell should have resigned as Premier?” Another 28.7% were not sure.

Interestingly males (63.2%) were more likely than females (40.4%) to agree he had to resign, with females being much more likely to be unsure (37.8% vs 19.3% of males).

More than four in 10 Australians believed that Mr O’Farrell’s actions were corrupt. Another 29.5% disagreed with the question “Do you think that Mr O’Farrell’s actions were corrupt?” and 25.9% were not sure.

In addition, people’s trust in politicians has diminished, with 51.5% agreeing with the question: “Mr O’Farrell on Tuesday denied at the Independent Commission Against Corruption receiving the gift of a $3,000 bottle of wine from a lobbyist, and the evidence now is that he did receive the gift.  Has your trust in politicians been diminished by Mr O’Farrell’s actions?”

Another 28.3% disagreed with the question about trust in politicians, while 20.2% were not sure.

“It is still early, and the details are still emerging, but what is clear is that when something like this occurs at the highest levels of Government, Australians’ faith in their politicians is badly shaken.  Further, the effect goes beyond political leanings, with Australians from all sides of politics indicating their faith has been shaken,” said I-view managing director Aaron Morris.

A total of 1,025 people were surveyed in the I-view Omnibus survey, weighted to total Australian general population by age, gender and location.