Most Australians support drug testing of our politicians, with penalties for those who transgress.
Most Australians support drug testing of our politicians, with penalties for those who transgress. Rich Pedroncelli

Support to drug-test MPs: poll

MOST Australians think politicians should be drug tested and get their pay docked if they test positive, according to a poll conducted by international research firm YouGov and Australian communications agency Fifty Acres.

The overwhelming majority of respondents, 84%, believed politicians should face the same drug tests as proposed for welfare recipients in the 2017 Budget measures. That figure crept up to over 90% for Australians aged 45 or over.

Some 86% of Australians believed MPs should have their pay reduced if they failed to turn up to work, rising to more than 95% for Australians aged 55 or over.

Interestingly, the majority of respondents agreed with the controversial budget measures for welfare recipients.

Some 65% agreed with a trial of drug testing on 5000 welfare recipients, with those who failed a drug test having their welfare payments made by a Cashless Debit Card.

And 71% agreed with the measure that would result in payment reductions or cancellations for welfare recipients who failed to turn up to appointments or meet other obligations.

The poll was conducted amongst 1000 Australians aged 18 or over, with quotas based on age, gender and region.



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