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

Jun 10, 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

A large problem

Moderate problem

Small problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

 

Jun 13 Total large/ moder ate

 

Mar 15 Total large/ moder ate

Racism against people from other countries

58%

22%

36%

28%

8%

5%

 

69%

 

67%

Racism against indigenous Australians

51%

20%

31%

32%

12%

5%

Sexism

44%

13%

31%

38%

11%

6%

 

52%

 

47%

Homophobia

42%

14%

28%

35%

15%

8%

 

51%

 

45%

Religious intolerance

56%

20%

36%

28%

10%

6%

 

54%

 

61%

Ageism

49%

17%

32%

31%

12%

8%

 

46%

 

45%

56% think that religious intolerance is a major/moderate problem in Australia – down 5% since March.

58% think that racism against people from other countries is a major/moderate problem in Australia – and 51% think racism against indigenous Australians is a major/moderate problem.

These figures have not changed substantially since March.

Note – “racism” has been split into racism against people from other countries and racism against indigenous Australians.

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.

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.

Party better at dealing with intolerance

Sep 24, 2012

Q.  In your view, which party is better at dealing with the various forms of intolerance?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Other

Don’t know

Racism

17%

23%

11%

2%

46%

Sexism

19%

19%

12%

2%

47%

Homophobia

13%

17%

21%

3%

45%

Religious intolerance

16%

22%

9%

3%

50%

Ageism

16%

20%

8%

3%

52%

With the exception of sexism, when compared to Labor, the Liberals are consistently regarded by respondents as being the party that is better at dealing with racism (23% Liberal, 17% Labor), homophobia (13% Labor, 17% Liberal), religious intolerance (16% Labor, 22% Liberal) and ageism (16% Labor, 20% Liberal).

On sexism, both the major parties are equally regarded as the party that is better at dealing with it (19% each).

The Greens are regarded as the best party to deal with homophobia (21%).

There were a high portion of don’t knows in this question, with either a majority or close to a majority of respondents selecting this option for each form of intolerance.