Essential Report

Experience of forms of intolerance

Feb 4, 2014

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

 

Total Jun 13

Racism

36%

37%

35%

47%

33%

26%

39%

Sexism

29%

25%

33%

41%

26%

19%

29%

Religious intolerance

28%

27%

28%

35%

27%

19%

29%

Ageism

26%

23%

28%

22%

25%

30%

24%

Homophobia

24%

25%

22%

36%

19%

15%

26%

36% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed each of the other forms of intolerance. These figures have changed little since this question was last asked in June last year.

Younger people were much more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance. 30% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism. 33% of women say they have experienced/witnessed sexism.

Forms of intolerance

Jun 11, 2013

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia.

 

Sept 12

Total large/ moderate

 

Total large/ moderate

A large problem

Moderate problem

Small

problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

Racism

71%

69%

29%

40%

24%

5%

2%

Religious intolerance

65%

54%

22%

32%

32%

10%

4%

Sexism

45%

52%

18%

34%

35%

11%

3%

Homophobia

50%

51%

18%

33%

33%

10%

5%

Ageism

44%

46%

16%

30%

34%

11%

9%

69% think that racism is a major/moderate problem in Australia – a similar result to when this question was previously asked in September last year. Just over half believe that religious intolerance, sexism and homophobia are major/moderate problems. The percentage thinking religious intolerance is a major/moderate problem has dropped 11 points while those thinking sexism is a major/moderate problem has increased 7 points since September.

Those most likely to think racism a major/moderate problem were women (76%), Greens voters (87%) and Labor voters (75%).

Those most likely to think sexism a major/moderate problem were women (61%), Greens voters (76%) and Labor voters (69%).

Those most likely to think homophobia a major/moderate problem were women (61%), Greens voters (74%), Labor voters (61%) and aged 18-34 (57%).

55% of those aged 55+ think ageism is a major/moderate problem.

There were no substantial differences between groups on views about religious intolerance.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Jun 11, 2013

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Racism

39%

37%

41%

51%

38%

26%

Religious intolerance

29%

28%

29%

37%

29%

18%

Sexism

29%

26%

32%

38%

28%

21%

Homophobia

26%

24%

28%

40%

24%

14%

Ageism

24%

23%

24%

19%

24%

30%

39% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed each of the other forms of intolerance. Younger people were much more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance. 30% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism.

Experience of intolerance in Australia

Sep 24, 2012

Q. Do you personally experience one or more of the following forms of intolerance?

%[1]

Racism

12%

Ageism

12%

Sexism

11%

Religious intolerance

6%

Homophobia

4%

None of the above

67%

The vast majority of respondents do not experience intolerance (67%).

Of the forms of intolerance listed, 12% of respondents experience racism, 12% experience ageism and 11% experience sexism.

Smaller portions of respondents experience religious intolerance (6%) and homophobia (4%).


[1]Total will exceed 100% as respondents were able to select one or more of the forms of intolerance.

Intolerance as a problem in Australia

Sep 24, 2012

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia:

 

Total large/moderate

Total

small/not

A large problem

Moderate problem

Small problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

Racism

71%

27%

32%

39%

21%

6%

2%

Religious intolerance

65%

32%

31%

34%

23%

9%

2%

Homophobia

50%

45%

18%

32%

33%

12%

5%

Sexism

45%

53%

12%

33%

40%

13%

2%

Ageism

44%

49%

15%

29%

33%

16%

8%

The vast majority of respondents (71%) regard racism to be either a large or moderate problem in Australia, followed by 65% who believe religious intolerance to be a problem.

Fifty percent (50%) of respondents regard homophobia to be a large or moderate problem in Australia.

After racism, religious intolerance and homophobia, 45% of respondents view sexism as either a large or moderate problem in Australia.  The majority of respondents see it as either a small problem or not a problem at all (53%).

Intolerance as a problem in Australia (continued)

Sep 24, 2012

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia:

Total –

A large problem

Exp. Racism

(n=127)

Exp.
Sexism

(n=110)

Exp.
Religious Intolerance

(n=67)

Exp. Ageism

(n=123)

Do not exp.

(n=701)

Male

Female

Racism

32%

51%

42%

35%

34%

28%

29%

35%

Sexism

12%

18%

32%

21%

16%

9%

9%

15%

Homophobia

18%

20%

38%

21%

24%

15%

16%

20%

Religious intolerance

31%

32%

40%

48%

36%

28%

28%

34%

Ageism

15%

16%

20%

23%

34%

11%

15%

15%

The table above shows the results from the previous question (‘a large problem’ only) by sub-samples of those that experience one or more of the forms of intolerance and gender.  Only those sub-samples with a sample size of 50 respondents or greater are shown.

Respondents that experience racism were far more likely to regard racism as a large problem (51%).

Those that experience sexism were more likely to see all forms of intolerance as a large problem: racism (42%), sexism (32%), homophobia (38%), religious intolerance (40%) and ageism (20%).

Those that experience religious intolerance were more likely to regard sexism (21%), religious intolerance (48%) and ageism (23%) to be a large problem.

Those had do not experience any form of intolerance were consistently less likely to regard them to be a large problem.

Male respondents were also consistently less likely to regard each form of intolerance to be a large problem, compared with female respondents, save for ageism where an equal portion of male and female respondents (15%) see ageism as a large problem.

Party better at dealing with intolerance

Sep 24, 2012

Q.  In your view, which party is better at dealing with the various forms of intolerance?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Other

Don’t know

Racism

17%

23%

11%

2%

46%

Sexism

19%

19%

12%

2%

47%

Homophobia

13%

17%

21%

3%

45%

Religious intolerance

16%

22%

9%

3%

50%

Ageism

16%

20%

8%

3%

52%

With the exception of sexism, when compared to Labor, the Liberals are consistently regarded by respondents as being the party that is better at dealing with racism (23% Liberal, 17% Labor), homophobia (13% Labor, 17% Liberal), religious intolerance (16% Labor, 22% Liberal) and ageism (16% Labor, 20% Liberal).

On sexism, both the major parties are equally regarded as the party that is better at dealing with it (19% each).

The Greens are regarded as the best party to deal with homophobia (21%).

There were a high portion of don’t knows in this question, with either a majority or close to a majority of respondents selecting this option for each form of intolerance.

Do we need foreign workers?

Jun 26, 2012


Rita Mallia speaks of the importance of unemployed locals getting the first pick of mining jobs as well as her union’s proud multicultural ethos.

Importing foreign workers has rocketed during the mining boom. Last year almost 90,000 workers were employed under 457 visa grants allowing them to stay and work in Australia for up to four years. The number of visas granted is up nearly 50 per cent on last year.

Since Gina RInehart received permission to bring in 1700 workers for her Roy Hill mine and the subsequent uproar, a Resources Jobs Board has been created.

The CFMEU’s Rita Mallia tells 3Q 60,000 people have already visited the website — putting paid to claims that Australians don’t want to do remote mining work.

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