Personally experienced/witness sexism/discrimination

Oct 22, 2012

Q. Over the last 12 months, have you been subjected to or witnessed sexism or discrimination against women in your workplace?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Yes – have been subjected to sexism/discrimination

7%

3%

11%

11%

7%

2%

Yes – have witnessed sexism/discrimination

13%

13%

13%

19%

14%

3%

Total subjected to or witnessed

17%

15%

18%

25%

18%

5%

No

61%

67%

55%

61%

68%

49%

Don’t work

19%

14%

25%

9%

11%

45%

Not sure

3%

4%

2%

5%

3%

1%

17% of respondents say they have been subjected to or witnessed sexism/discrimination in the workplace.

11% of women say they have personally been subjected to sexism/discrimination in the workplace. Excluding those who don’t work, 15% of female workers say they have been subjected to sexism/discrimination in their workplace.

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.

Intolerance as a problem in Australia

Sep 24, 2012

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

Total

small/not

A large problem

Moderate problem

Small problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

Racism

71%

27%

32%

39%

21%

6%

2%

Religious intolerance

65%

32%

31%

34%

23%

9%

2%

Homophobia

50%

45%

18%

32%

33%

12%

5%

Sexism

45%

53%

12%

33%

40%

13%

2%

Ageism

44%

49%

15%

29%

33%

16%

8%

The vast majority of respondents (71%) regard racism to be either a large or moderate problem in Australia, followed by 65% who believe religious intolerance to be a problem.

Fifty percent (50%) of respondents regard homophobia to be a large or moderate problem in Australia.

After racism, religious intolerance and homophobia, 45% of respondents view sexism as either a large or moderate problem in Australia.  The majority of respondents see it as either a small problem or not a problem at all (53%).

Intolerance as a problem in Australia (continued)

Sep 24, 2012

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

Total –

A large problem

Exp. Racism

(n=127)

Exp.
Sexism

(n=110)

Exp.
Religious Intolerance

(n=67)

Exp. Ageism

(n=123)

Do not exp.

(n=701)

Male

Female

Racism

32%

51%

42%

35%

34%

28%

29%

35%

Sexism

12%

18%

32%

21%

16%

9%

9%

15%

Homophobia

18%

20%

38%

21%

24%

15%

16%

20%

Religious intolerance

31%

32%

40%

48%

36%

28%

28%

34%

Ageism

15%

16%

20%

23%

34%

11%

15%

15%

The table above shows the results from the previous question (‘a large problem’ only) by sub-samples of those that experience one or more of the forms of intolerance and gender.  Only those sub-samples with a sample size of 50 respondents or greater are shown.

Respondents that experience racism were far more likely to regard racism as a large problem (51%).

Those that experience sexism were more likely to see all forms of intolerance as a large problem: racism (42%), sexism (32%), homophobia (38%), religious intolerance (40%) and ageism (20%).

Those that experience religious intolerance were more likely to regard sexism (21%), religious intolerance (48%) and ageism (23%) to be a large problem.

Those had do not experience any form of intolerance were consistently less likely to regard them to be a large problem.

Male respondents were also consistently less likely to regard each form of intolerance to be a large problem, compared with female respondents, save for ageism where an equal portion of male and female respondents (15%) see ageism as a large problem.

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.

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