Racism statements

Sep 3, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about racism in Australia? NET: Agree (Strongly/Somewhat Agree)

  Total I am a migrant to Australia My parents migrated to Australia My grandparents migrated to Australia My family has been in Australian more than three generations I am an Indigenous Australian
People are scared to say what they really think because they don’t want to be labelled as racist 62% 58% 63% 59% 64% 70%
I think Australia is less racist than it has been in the past 50% 48% 48% 43% 54% 41%
Australia is a racist country 36% 33% 40% 38% 35% 43%
A member of my family has experience racism or racial discrimination 29% 37% 42% 28% 20% 37%
I have personally experienced racism or racial discrimination 27% 36% 38% 23% 19% 44%
I feel torn between my identity with Australia and another culture 18% 30% 19% 15% 11% 30%
Base (n) 1,075 260 155 120 499 41
  • Over a third of Australians who are first or second generation immigrants agree that they have personally experienced racism or racial discrimination in Australia (36% and 38%).
  • Almost two-thirds of Australians (62%) agree with the statement ‘ People are scared to say what they really think because they don’t want to be labelled as racist’.

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