Forms of intolerance

Aug 11, 2015

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   Large prob. Mod. prob. Small prob. Not a prob.   Don’t know   Sep 12  Total large/ mod. Jun 13  Total large/ mod. Feb 14  Total large/ mod. Jun 15  Total large/ mod.
Racism against people from other countries 60% 22% 38% 28% 9% 4% 71% 69% 64% 58%
Racism against indigenous Australians 54% 19% 35% 29% 12% 4% 51%
Sexism 47% 14% 33% 38% 10% 6% 45% 52% 51% 44%
Homophobia 47% 13% 34% 32% 13% 7% 50% 51% 47% 42%
Religious intolerance 53% 18% 35% 30% 11% 5% 65% 54% 51% 56%
Ageism 48% 17% 31% 33% 12% 8% 44% 46% 49% 49%

47% think homophobia is a major/moderate problem in Australia – up 5% since June.

60% think that racism against people from other countries is a major/moderate problem in Australia – and 54% think racism against indigenous Australians is a major/moderate problem. These figures have not changed substantially since June.

Forms of intolerance

Mar 3, 2015

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia. 

 

Total large/ mod

 

A large problem

Mod problem

Small

problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

 

Sept 12

Total large/ mod

Jun 13

Total large/ mod

Feb 14

Total large/ mod

Racism

67%

30%

37%

23%

6%

4%

71%

69%

64%

Religious intolerance

61%

28%

33%

25%

9%

5%

65%

54%

51%

Sexism

47%

16%

31%

36%

12%

5%

45%

52%

51%

Ageism

45%

17%

28%

33%

13%

9%

44%

46%

49%

Homo-phobia

45%

15%

30%

32%

15%

8%

50%

51%

47%

67% think that racism is a major/moderate problem in Australia – up 3% compared to when this question was previously asked in February last year. 61% think that religious intolerance is a major/moderate problem – up 10% since last February.

Those most likely to think racism a major/moderate problem were women (73%) and Greens voters (80%).

Those most likely to think religious intolerance a major/moderate problem were women (73%) and incomes under $600pw (69%).

Those most likely to think sexism a major/moderate problem were women (68%) and Greens voters (67%).

Those most likely to think homophobia a major/moderate problem were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (53%) and aged 18-24 (57%).

58% of those aged 55+ think ageism is a major/moderate problem.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

 

Total Jun 13

Total Feb 14

Racism

33%

35%

32%

45%

32%

21%

39%

36%

Sexism

26%

21%

32%

32%

25%

20%

29%

29%

Religious intolerance

26%

25%

27%

36%

24%

17%

29%

28%

Ageism

22%

21%

24%

20%

18%

32%

24%

26%

Homophobia

19%

18%

20%

27%

17%

12%

26%

24%

 

33% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed sexism and religious intolerance. These figures have dropped a little since this question was last asked in February last year.

Younger people (aged 18-34) were more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism (45%), homophobia (27%), sexism (32%) and religious intolerance (36%). 32% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism. 32% of women say they have experienced/witnessed sexism.

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.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Feb 4, 2014

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

 

Total Jun 13

Racism

36%

37%

35%

47%

33%

26%

39%

Sexism

29%

25%

33%

41%

26%

19%

29%

Religious intolerance

28%

27%

28%

35%

27%

19%

29%

Ageism

26%

23%

28%

22%

25%

30%

24%

Homophobia

24%

25%

22%

36%

19%

15%

26%

36% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed each of the other forms of intolerance. These figures have changed little since this question was last asked in June last year.

Younger people were much more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance. 30% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism. 33% of women say they have experienced/witnessed sexism.

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.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Jun 11, 2013

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Racism

39%

37%

41%

51%

38%

26%

Religious intolerance

29%

28%

29%

37%

29%

18%

Sexism

29%

26%

32%

38%

28%

21%

Homophobia

26%

24%

28%

40%

24%

14%

Ageism

24%

23%

24%

19%

24%

30%

39% say they have experienced or witnessed racism in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have experienced or witnessed each of the other forms of intolerance. Younger people were much more likely to have experienced/witnessed racism, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance. 30% of those aged 55+ say they have experienced/witnessed ageism.

Experience of intolerance in Australia

Sep 24, 2012

Q. Do you personally experience one or more of the following forms of intolerance?

%[1]

Racism

12%

Ageism

12%

Sexism

11%

Religious intolerance

6%

Homophobia

4%

None of the above

67%

The vast majority of respondents do not experience intolerance (67%).

Of the forms of intolerance listed, 12% of respondents experience racism, 12% experience ageism and 11% experience sexism.

Smaller portions of respondents experience religious intolerance (6%) and homophobia (4%).


[1]Total will exceed 100% as respondents were able to select one or more of the forms of intolerance.

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