On the Liberal Party of Australia's Facebook feed they posted an image that makes the claim that "7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients".

Is this true? What is it based on? Is it quality data or a selective survey?

Also are there other surveys or techniques that contradict the result here.

Note the claimed article is behind a paywall, but I would assume some other reference exists

More than 7 of 10 Australians support drug testing for welfare recipients

  • Did you look at the article pictured in the image?
    – Legion600
    Nov 2, 2017 at 23:29
  • The article is subscription only. Nov 2, 2017 at 23:35
  • @Legion600 its not just the article in question, its the overall question Nov 3, 2017 at 23:35
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    Obligatory Reminder for Non-Australians who need context: The "Liberal Party of Australia" is the name of the largest conservative political party in Australia.
    – Oddthinking
    Nov 4, 2017 at 18:17

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I found the article cached here and the image here if you wanted to look and didn't trust Google cache.

There were 1623 humans in total with at least one person identifying as one of four political parties (but the number of each w,x,y,z is unknown). My guess is these were landline phone calls to homes during the day as it's Newspoll, so not really an accurate sample of the population.

Poll on drug testing's political support

Question: The federal government plans to introduce a two-year trial in which unemployed people newly claiming newstart allowance and youth allowance could be required to undergo a drug test. Those who test positive would be put on an income management program with 20 per cent of their welfare paid on cash and the rest paid through a debit card. Are your in favour or opposed to this trial?


             | Total | Coalition | Labor | Green | One Nation
 In favour   |  73   |     89    |  67   |  50   |     80
 Opposed     |  19   |      8    |  24   |  41   |     14
 Uncommitted |   8   |      3    |   9   |   9   |      6

This survey was conducted in all states of Australia and in both city and country areas between October 26th-29th, 2017. The data has been weighted to reflect the population distribution. The survey is based on 1623 interviews among voters. The maximum sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Copyright at all times remains with Newspoll.

Credited to The Australian.

  • The article in question appears to be from The Australian, a broadsheet newspaper owned by News Corp.
    – Golden Cuy
    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:21
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    Putting the figures in a readable, understandable form would be really helpful here. Nov 3, 2017 at 13:39
  • @DJClayworth eh i tried, they all add up to 100 if that's worth anything
    – daniel
    Nov 3, 2017 at 13:50
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    You might want to address whether the poll question correlate with the claim, since the poll question actually has two parts. If they don't correlate, you can't draw conclusions about the claim. Nov 4, 2017 at 20:04
  • Is TL;DR: "yes, the claim is accurate"?
    – user5341
    Nov 4, 2017 at 21:15

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