Essential Report

Statements about horse racing

Nov 3, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about horse racing?

TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity 74% 19% 35% 39% 11% 9% 7%
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of my concerns about animal cruelty 47% 45% 22% 24% 24% 21% 8%
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup over recent years because of my concerns with gambling 37% 54% 15% 22% 26% 29% 9%

 

TOTAL: Agree Nov’20 Oct’19 Nov’18 Difference
The Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity 74% 78% -4
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of my concerns about animal cruelty 47% 44% 29% +3
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup over recent years because of my concerns with gambling 37% 34% 26% +3
Base (n) 1,063 1,033 1,028
  • The Melbourne Cup has a strong place in the Australian consciousness, with 74% agreeing that the race is a unique part of Australia’s national identity.
  • Just under half of people (47%) agree that they have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of concerns about animal cruelty and 37% have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup over recent years because of concerns with gambling.

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