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2015 Queensland election poll: Perspectives on alcohol



Galaxy Research


The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) commissioned Galaxy Research to undertake polling of Queenslanders to gain an understanding of their perspectives on alcohol policies in the lead up to the 2015 State Election.


Key findings:

  •  71% of Queenslanders believe that Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse.
  • 74% of Queenslanders believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury and related issues.
  • 64% of Queenslanders would like the leaders of the major parties, Premier Campbell Newman and Queensland Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, to outline their plans to address alcohol-related harms prior to the 2015 State Election.
  • Queenslanders supported a range of policies to reduce alcohol harms, including having more public transport options (86%) and introducing a closing time for pubs, clubs and bars of no later than 3am (82%).
  • The majority of Queenslanders believe that alcohol advertising should be banned on public transport (62%) and at bus and train stops (57%).
  • 67% of Queenslanders think political parties should not be able to receive political donations from the alcohol industry.
  • 30% of Queenslanders have been affected by alcohol-related violence.
  • One in six Queenslanders (16%) have been a victim of alcohol-related violence, and one in five (21%) have had a family member or friend affected by alcohol-related violence.
  • 52% of Queenslanders consider the city or centre of town unsafe on a Saturday night, with 92% of these people indicating that it felt unsafe because of people affected by alcohol.
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FARE continues to fund and undertake research that contributes to the knowledge-base about alcohol harms and strategies to reduce them.

This research is used to inform our approach to evidence-based alcohol policy development, ensuring that the solutions we are advocating for are informed by research. FARE’s research is also often quoted by governments, other not-for-profit organisations and researchers in public discussions about alcohol, demonstrating that FARE is seen as a leading source of information.

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