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.

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