THE weekly Essential Research online poll found that 51 per cent of respondents have become more concerned about phone hacking after scandals at the now-defunct News of the World UK newspaper.
Only five per cent of the 1053 respondents said they were less concerned.
Half of the respondents also said the federal government should not allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers.
Rupert Murdoch’s group owns The Australian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail mastheads.
Forty-eight per cent also supported the need for more media regulation, compared with just six per cent who said there should be less, while 31 per cent thought present regulation was about right.