Sexism and discrimination against women

Oct 22, 2012

Q. How much sexism and discrimination against women do you think currently occurs in the following?

 

A lot

Some

A little

None at all

Don’t know

A lot/some TOTAL

A lot/some MEN

A lot/some WOMEN

In workplaces

17%

38%

32%

6%

7%

55%

49%

62%

In the media

19%

37%

29%

9%

7%

56%

49%

62%

In politics

25%

36%

25%

8%

7%

61%

55%

67%

In advertising

31%

28%

26%

8%

7%

59%

50%

67%

In sport

24%

34%

25%

10%

7%

58%

50%

66%

In schools

12%

31%

33%

14%

10%

43%

39%

48%

A majority of respondents think there is a lot or some sexism in politics (61%), advertising (59%), sport (58%), the media (56%) and workplaces (55%).

Women were more likely to think there is a lot or some sexism in all areas – but especially advertising (men 50%/women 67%) and sport (50%/66%).

37% of women think there is a lot of sexism/discrimination in advertising, 31% in sport and 29% in politics.

Pressure on women over behaviour and appearance

Oct 22, 2012

Q. Do you think women face more or less pressure over their behavior and appearance than they did 20 years ago?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total more

49%

39%

58%

56%

44%

48%

Total less

30%

37%

25%

27%

33%

30%

A lot more

24%

14%

34%

24%

23%

27%

A little more

25%

25%

24%

32%

21%

21%

A little less

15%

16%

14%

17%

15%

13%

A lot less

15%

20%

11%

10%

18%

17%

About the same

16%

17%

14%

9%

19%

19%

Don’t know

5%

7%

3%

8%

4%

3%

49% of respondents believe that women face more pressure over their behavior and appearance than they did 20 years ago and 30% think they face less pressure.

58% of women and 56% of people aged under 35 think there is more pressure on women.

By voting intention, 56% of Labor voters think there is more pressure compared to 52% of Greens voters and 45% of Liberal/National voters.

Personally experienced/witness sexism/discrimination

Oct 22, 2012

Q. Over the last 12 months, have you been subjected to or witnessed sexism or discrimination against women in your workplace?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Yes – have been subjected to sexism/discrimination

7%

3%

11%

11%

7%

2%

Yes – have witnessed sexism/discrimination

13%

13%

13%

19%

14%

3%

Total subjected to or witnessed

17%

15%

18%

25%

18%

5%

No

61%

67%

55%

61%

68%

49%

Don’t work

19%

14%

25%

9%

11%

45%

Not sure

3%

4%

2%

5%

3%

1%

17% of respondents say they have been subjected to or witnessed sexism/discrimination in the workplace.

11% of women say they have personally been subjected to sexism/discrimination in the workplace. Excluding those who don’t work, 15% of female workers say they have been subjected to sexism/discrimination in their workplace.

Perceptions of Tony Abbott

Oct 16, 2012

Q. Thinking about the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, please indicate yes or no for each of the following statements:

 

Total

Vote
Labor

Vote
Lib/Nat

Vote
Greens

Men

Women

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

42%

13%

77%

10%

44%

39%

Would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

50%

78%

19%

83%

49%

50%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

43%

11%

82%

8%

45%

40%

Will serve my interests as Prime Minister

39%

7%

81%

6%

42%

37%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

40%

62%

19%

73%

43%

38%

Is the best person to lead their party

33%

10%

62%

7%

36%

30%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

39%

10%

74%

5%

42%

36%

Has good parental leave policies

44%

17%

76%

19%

45%

42%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

44%

68%

19%

73%

45%

44%

Exactly half the respondents agree that Tony Abbott would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia. On all other statements he scored less than 50%. His main negatives were that only 33% agree he is the best person to lead their party, 39% agree he will serve my interests as Prime Minister and 39% agree he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women.

The main differences by gender were on the statements that he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women (men 42%/women 36%), the best person to lead their party (36%/30%), has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (44%/39%), can effectively represent Australia’s interests (45%/40%), will serve my interests as Prime Minister (42%/37%) and too influenced by their religious beliefs (43%/38%). On each of these statements women scored Tony Abbott lower than men did.

Perceptions of Julia Gillard

Oct 16, 2012

Q. Thinking about the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, please indicate yes or no for each of the following statements:

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

Men

Women

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

58%

86%

36%

83%

54%

62%

Is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

43%

17%

67%

18%

46%

40%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

46%

82%

20%

67%

45%

46%

Serves my interests as Prime Minister

36%

76%

11%

47%

35%

37%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

16%

12%

19%

15%

18%

14%

Is the best person to lead their party

36%

64%

18%

44%

33%

39%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

62%

87%

44%

84%

60%

63%

Has good parental leave policies

53%

73%

42%

59%

52%

54%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

25%

12%

38%

8%

29%

22%

More half the respondents agreed that Julia Gillard understands the challenges facing Australian women (62%), has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (58%) and has good parental leave policies (53%). Her main negatives were that only 36% agree she is the best person to lead their party and 36% agree she will serve my interests as Prime Minister.

The main differences by gender were on the statements that she is someone that has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (men 54%/women 62%), has difficulty controlling their aggression (29%/22%), is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia (46%/40%) and is the best person to lead their party (33%/39%).

Abbott vs Gillard

Oct 16, 2012
 

Tony Abbott

Julia
Gillard

 

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

42%

58%

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister
Would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

50%

43%

Is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia
Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

43%

46%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests
Will serve my interests as Prime Minister

39%

36%

Serves my interests as Prime Minister
Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

40%

16%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs
Is the best person to lead their party

33%

36%

Is the best person to lead their party
Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

39%

62%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women
Has good parental leave policies

44%

53%

Has good parental leave policies
Has difficulty controlling their aggression

44%

25%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

The major perceived differences between the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were that Julia Gillard was more likely to be someone that “understands the challenges facing Australian women” (+23%), “has the right temperament to be Prime Minister” (+16%) and has “good parental leave policies” (+9%).

Tony Abbott was more likely to be associated with “too influenced by their religious beliefs” (+24%), “has difficulty controlling their aggression” (+19%) and “would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia” (+7%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 15, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,924 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

17/9/12

2 weeks ago

1/10/12

Last week

8/10/12

This week

15/10/12

Liberal

45%

44%

44%

44%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

48%

47%

47%

47%

Labor

38.0%

34%

36%

37%

36%

Greens

11.8%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

7%

7%

8%

 

2PP

Election
21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

55%

53%

53%

53%

Labor

50.1%

45%

47%

47%

47%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. plus or minus 2-3%.

Approval of Julia Gillard

Oct 15, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

 

19 Jul 10

20 Dec

14 Mar
11

14 Jun

12 Sep

12 Dec

12 Mar 12

12 Jun

16
Jul

13 Aug

10 Sep

15 Oct

Total approve

52%

43%

41%

34%

28%

34%

32%

32%

32%

31%

35%

41%

Total disapprove

30%

40%

46%

54%

64%

54%

61%

56%

58%

57%

54%

51%

Strongly approve

11%

10%

7%

6%

5%

6%

8%

6%

5%

7%

7%

9%

Approve

41%

33%

34%

28%

23%

28%

24%

26%

27%

24%

28%

32%

Disapprove

17%

24%

22%

29%

28%

25%

29%

22%

26%

25%

27%

24%

Strongly disapprove

13%

16%

24%

25%

36%

29%

32%

34%

32%

32%

27%

27%

Don’t know

18%

17%

13%

13%

8%

11%

7%

12%

10%

13%

11%

8%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has improved since last month. 41% (up 6%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 51% (down 3%) disapprove – a 9 point change in net rating from -19 to -10. This is Julia Gillard’s best approval rating since May 2011.

87% of Labor voters approve (up 6%) and 9% disapprove (down 2%).

By gender – men 40% approve/54% disapprove, women 43% approve/47% disapprove.  In net terms this represents an improvement with men from -29 to -14 and with women from -7 to -4.

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