Appropriateness of elected officials engaging in sexual relations with staff

Nov 17, 2020

Q. Is it ever appropriate for elected officials to start engaging in sexual relations with their staff?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Yes 18% 24% 13% 21% 16% 17% 13% 23% 22% 23%
No 82% 76% 87% 79% 84% 83% 87% 77% 78% 77%
Base (n) 1,010 479 531 250 383 377 323 404 80 122
  • The majority of people do not think it is ever appropriate for elected officials to start engaging in sexual relations with their staff (82%).
  • Men are more likely than women to think this practice is permissible (24% to 13%).

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