Views towards gender equality in Australia

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about gender equality in Australia?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Gender equality, meaning that men and women are equal, has come far enough already 45% 56% 34% 45% 51% 39% 40% 52% 22% 52%
Gender equality has already been mostly achieved 50% 62% 39% 52% 54% 45% 46% 58% 29% 55%
Work to achieve gender equality today benefits mostly well-to-do people 60% 63% 57% 69% 65% 47% 61% 57% 60% 64%
There should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position 83% 77% 89% 82% 82% 86% 87% 83% 87% 77%
Although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go 76% 69% 82% 78% 77% 72% 80% 69% 92% 74%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Agreement that there should be laws that require equal salaries for men and women in the same position is high overall, with 89% of women and 77% of men agreeing. Of this, 73% of women and 49% of men strongly agree.
  • Many also agree although there has been significant progress on gender equality there is still a long way to go, with 82% of women and 69% of men in agreement with this (respectively, 50% and 38% strongly agree).
  • However, men are still more likely than women to agree that gender equality has come far enough already (56% to 34%) and that it has already been mostly achieved (62% to 39%).

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