Gender in politics

Feb 5, 2019

Q. Currently there are 43 (out of 150) federal MPs who are women. To what extent to you agree or disagree with the following reasons why there are fewer women than men in parliament?

  Strongly agree + Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree + Strongly disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisations 57% 30% 22% 35% 19% 11% 14%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 28% 20% 34% 17% 11% 18%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 41% 12% 35% 23% 19% 12%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 46% 10% 29% 28% 18% 15%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 72% 7% 14% 23% 49% 8%

Over half of all people agreed that “Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisations” (57%), “The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women” (54%) and disagreed that “Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician” (72%).

  Total

(Strongly agree + Somewhat agree)

Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation 57% 53% 61% 59% 55% 56%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 50% 57% 56% 48% 57%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 50% 44% 43% 44% 53%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 38% 40% 46% 37% 35%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 25% 15% 29% 17% 15%

By gender, males were more likely than females to agree that “Women choose not to get involved with politics” (50% vs. 48%) and “Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician” (25% vs. 15%). 

  Total

(Strongly agree + Somewhat agree)

Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation 57% 64% 51% 70% 51%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 65% 48% 64% 45%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 41% 56% 38% 52%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 40% 42% 45% 35%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 16% 27% 14% 19%

Over half of voters for all political parties agreed that “Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation”.

Gender quotas

Feb 5, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose political parties setting gender quotas when selecting candidates to achieve a representative number of women in parliament?

Total Male Female Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
NET: Support 46% 45% 48% 59% 44% 38%
NET: Oppose 40% 44% 36% 29% 40% 49%
Strongly support 18% 17% 19% 26% 14% 14%
Somewhat support 29% 28% 29% 33% 30% 24%
Somewhat oppose 20% 21% 19% 16% 19% 22%
Strongly oppose 20% 23% 18% 12% 21% 26%
Don’t know 14% 12% 16% 12% 16% 14%

Just under one in five (18%) strongly support the introduction of gender quotas when selecting political candidates. Overall support was highest among 18-34 years olds (59%).

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
NET: Support 46% 59% 37% 65% 32%
NET: Oppose 40% 30% 50% 22% 52%
Strongly support 18% 24% 13% 27% 11%
Somewhat support 29% 36% 24% 38% 22%
Somewhat oppose 20% 17% 22% 16% 25%
Strongly oppose 20% 14% 29% 6% 28%
Don’t know 14% 10% 12% 13% 15%

Support for gender quotas was highest among Greens voters (65%), followed by Labor (59%). Under half of Coalition voters (37%) were in support.

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister – Gender difference

Oct 4, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

  Total Male Female
Intelligent 81% 79% 84%
Hard-working 82% 80% 83%
A capable leader 59% 57% 61%
Demanding 58% 62% 54%
Arrogant 39% 38% 39%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 47% 41%
Understands the problems facing Australia 55% 53% 56%
Visionary 38% 38% 38%
Good in a crisis 46% 46% 46%
Narrow-minded 35% 38% 31%
Down to earth 62% 60% 65%
Too inflexible 36% 40% 33%
Complacent 31% 34% 28%
More honest than most politicians 37% 39% 35%
Trustworthy 42% 45% 39%

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