Majority opposes 18C case against QUT students, says Newspoll

Majority opposes 18C case against QUT students, says Newspoll, by Phillip Hudson.

A majority of Australians — ­including Coalition, Labor and Greens supporters — oppose the legal case being taken against Queensland university students for alleged racial hatred under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

A special Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, ­reveals 57 per cent of people ­oppose the action, under which the students are being sued for $250,000 after making comments on Facebook about segregation when students were told to leave an ­indigenous-only computer lab.

The poll of 1673 people taken at the weekend found 21 per cent of Australians were in favour of the legal action against the Queensland University of Technology students, while 22 per cent were uncommitted. …

Those 21 percent are the politically correct. Most issues find about 20 percent are politically correct, or supportive of them for whatever reason. Talk about a noisy minority. Good to see we are not letting them boss us around so much on this one.

Support for the action to proceed was strongest among Greens voters, where 28 per cent were in favour while 25 per cent of Labor voters backed action. Just 18 per cent of Coalition supporters were in favour of the suit.