Sexism and Discrimination against Women

Dec 5, 2017

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   A lot/ some Oct 12 A lot/ some Jun 13 A lot/ some Jan 16
In workplaces 22% 35% 28% 7% 8%   57% 46% 67%   55% 60% 61%
In the media 28% 36% 23% 7% 7%   64% 55% 73%   56% 59% 58%
In politics 25% 35% 24% 8% 8%   60% 49% 70%   61% 61% 62%
In advertising 28% 32% 22% 9% 10%   60% 50% 69%   59% 60% 61%
In sport 22% 34% 25% 10% 8%   56% 47% 66%   58% 57% 60%
In schools 15% 33% 28% 13% 11%   48% 43% 54%   43% 40% 40%

 

A majority of respondents think there is a lot or some sexism in the media (64%), politics (60%), advertising (60%), workplaces (57%) and sport (56%).

Women were more likely than men to think there is a lot or some sexism in all areas – but especially in workplaces (women 67%, men 46%) and politics (70%/49%).

There has been some small changes in these figures since this question was asked in January last year – sexism in workplaces has dropped 4%, in the media up 6%, in sport down 4% and in schools up 8%. However, there has been more significant change in the differences between men and women on some issues. On sexism in the workplace the gap between perceptions of men and women has increased from 12% to 21%.

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