Essential Report

Drugs in sport

Feb 18, 2013

Q. How much of a problem do you think taking performance enhancing drugs is in these sports?

 

A major problem

A moderate  problem

A minor problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

AFL football

39%

23%

18%

5%

16%

NRL rugby league

37%

26%

16%

4%

18%

Cricket

16%

9%

26%

25%

23%

Tennis

18%

12%

24%

22%

24%

Soccer

22%

19%

23%

10%

26%

Basketball

18%

18%

22%

14%

30%

Cycling

56%

20%

8%

3%

14%

Athletics

41%

26%

11%

4%

17%

56% of respondents think taking performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in cycling, 41% think it is a major problem in athletics, 39% in AFL football and 37% in NRL rugby league.

38% of AFL football followers think it is a major problem in their sport and 26% of NRL followers think it is a major problem in their sport. 40% of AFL followers think it is a major problem in NRL.

46% of Victorian respondents think performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in the AFL.

Personal actions

Feb 18, 2013

Q. If players in a sporting team you supported were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs would you –

 

Total

AFL

NRL

Cricket

Soccer

Basket
-ball

Attend fewer games

27%

26%

25%

33%

24%

28%

Stop attending games altogether

19%

16%

20%

23%

20%

21%

Watch fewer games on TV

28%

23%

27%

34%

23%

33%

Stop watching games on TV altogether

15%

9%

16%

18%

17%

26%

Change my support to another team

18%

7%

18%

19%

22%

23%

26% of AFL followers said if players in their team were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs they would attend fewer games and 23% said they would watch fewer games on TV. However, only 9% said they would stop watching games on TV altogether and only 7% said they would change their support to another team.

NRL (18%) and soccer (22%) followers were more likely to change their support to another team.

Approval of actions

Feb 18, 2013

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the following actions –

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Ban sports betting

52%

30%

27%

25%

24%

6%

17%

Setting up a sports integrity commission with strong powers

76%

7%

40%

36%

6%

1%

17%

Ban teams whose players have been found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs

54%

28%

28%

26%

21%

7%

18%

Accept that prohibition won’t work and allow approved performance enhancing drugs in sport

12%

71%

5%

7%

19%

52%

16%

76% approve setting up a sports integrity commission with strong powers. 82% of AFL followers and 78% of NRL followers approved.

54% approve banning teams whose players have been found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs – including 49% of AFL followers and 50% of NRL followers.

52% approve of banning sports betting – including 52% of AFL followers and 47% of NRL followers. Those most in favour of banning sports betting were followers of cricket (57%) and tennis (63%).

Only 12% believed we should accept that prohibition won’t work and allow approved performance enhancing drugs in sport. This was strongly rejected by all sports followers – 65% of AFL followers and 71% of NRL followers disapproved.

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