Pulse+IT Poll: August 16 – Counting the cost

With all the coverage of the issues with this year's census, you would be forgiven for thinking it was the first time Australia had tried to implement an electronic submission option. So it was surprising to me to discover that 2016 was in fact the third time the Australian Bureau of Statistics had provided citizens with the opportunity to complete an 'eCensus', as they were referred to in 2006 and 2011.

Beyond the basic and well canvassed IT issues that resulted in the electronic form being taken offline for several days, issues relating to data retention time periods and other privacy concerns overshadowed the census.

In this week's poll, we asked:

Will the census debacle affect the public’s acceptance of an opt-out My Health Record?

The results as at COB on Friday, August 19 were as follows:

Will the census debacle affect the public’s acceptance of an opt-out My Health Record?
Edition Yes No Let's wait and see Total
Tuesday 39 (63%) 14 (23%) 9 (15%) 62
Wednesday 17 (38%) 12 (27%) 16 (36%) 45
Thursday 19 (54%) 8 (23%) 8 (23%) 35
Friday 30 (56%) 14 (26%) 10 (19%) 54
Total 105 (54%) 48 (24%) 43 (22%) 196

As I write this post almost two weeks after the census website crashed initially, my repeated attempts to load the census website resulted in the following browser time out error.

Screen shot taken August 21 at 6pm

Over half of this week's poll respondents (54 per cent) believe the 2016 census debacle will hinder the public's acceptance of the My Health Record in an opt-out framework, with a further 22 per cent yet to make up their mind.

The balance of poll respondents (24 per cent) don't seem convinced the public will draw a link between the controversies with the government-run census, and the government-run health record system.

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