Essential Report

Being Australian

Sep 5, 2017

Q. Which of the following characteristics do you see as being especially ‘Australian’?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Belief in the fair go 89%   91% 92% 83% 94%   88% 90% 81% 90% 96%
Love of the great outdoors 89%   91% 88% 81% 93%   87% 91% 83% 91% 94%
A sense of humour 89%   91% 89% 84% 94%   87% 91% 85% 89% 92%
Interest in sports 82%   80% 87% 73% 86%   83% 82% 77% 81% 89%
Helping those less fortunate 79%   80% 80% 72% 87%   78% 81% 73% 81% 84%
Diversity of background 78%   81% 77% 78% 74%   75% 80% 78% 77% 79%
Hard working 78%   82% 76% 82% 79%   77% 78% 77% 79% 77%
Acceptance of different views 71%   75% 71% 60% 73%   70% 72% 72% 70% 69%
Individual enterprise 55%   50% 63% 45% 63%   60% 51% 43% 54% 69%
Respect for authority 54%   55% 59% 39% 53%   54% 54% 57% 54% 52%
Suspicion of authority 31%   33% 25% 34% 38%   36% 26% 28% 29% 34%

 

The main characteristics of Australians were thought to be the belief in a fair go (89%), love of the great outdoors (89%) and a sense of humour (89%).

Views tended to be relatively consistent across demographic groups.

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