Forms of intolerance

Feb 4, 2014

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

 

A large problem

Moderate problem

Small

problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

 

Sept 12

Total large/ moderate

Jun 13

Total large/ moderate

Racism

64%

25%

39%

29%

6%

2%

71%

69%

Religious intolerance

51%

18%

33%

32%

14%

4%

65%

54%

Sexism

51%

15%

36%

37%

10%

3%

45%

52%

Ageism

49%

15%

34%

31%

13%

8%

44%

46%

Homophobia

47%

16%

31%

36%

13%

5%

50%

51%

64% think that racism is a major/moderate problem in Australia – down a little compared to when this question was previously asked in June last year. Just over half believe that religious intolerance and sexism are major/moderate problems.

Those most likely to think racism a major/moderate problem were women (68%), Greens voters (85%) and Labor voters (71%).

Those most likely to think sexism a major/moderate problem were women (58%) and Greens voters (70%).

Those most likely to think homophobia a major/moderate problem were women (54%), Greens voters (77%), Labor voters (54%) and aged 18-34 (56%).

54% of those aged 55+ think ageism is a major/moderate problem.

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