Australians are overwhelmingly in favour of universal legal aid availability, according to an independent national poll commissioned by the Legal Aid Matters campaign.
1019 Australians, demographically weighted to reflect the national population, were asked:
How much do you agree or disagree with the following proposition? 'In Australia, anyone who encounters a serious legal issue, but cannot afford a lawyer, should be able to rely on legal representation being provided through legal aid.'
81.4 per cent of respondents of the I-view poll said they either strongly agreed (47.6 per cent) or agreed (33.8 per cent) with only 3.1 per cent disagreeing. 11.7 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed, and 3.8 per cent did not know.
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