Women’s sport

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Total agree

Total disagree

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Total agree men

Total agree women

In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s

61%

28%

17%

44%

21%

7%

10%

55%

68%

The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports

68%

20%

27%

41%

16%

4%

12%

62%

75%

In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports

42%

43%

7%

35%

30%

13%

15%

40%

43%

Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports

27%

60%

4%

23%

40%

20%

13%

30%

24%

Women athletes are great role models for girls

84%

7%

36%

48%

4%

3%

9%

78%

90%

In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate

72%

13%

34%

38%

9%

4%

16%

65%

78%

A substantial proportion of respondents agreed that “Women athletes are great role models for girls” (84%), “In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate” (72%) and “The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports” (68%). A majority also agreed “In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s” (61%). They were divided 42% agree/43% disagree over whether “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” but 60% disagreed that “Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports”.

Overall, women had a more positive opinion than men on most issues except “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” where men were 40% agree/44% disagree and women 43% agree/42% disagree.

Interest in major sporting events

Jan 20, 2015

Q. How much interest do you have in the following sporting events taking place in Australia over the next couple of months?

 

Total a lot/ some

A lot

Some

Not much

None

Don’t know

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

The Australian Open (tennis)

45%

17%

28%

20%

33%

3%

46%

43%

47%

43%

45%

The World Cup (cricket)

42%

19%

23%

17%

38%

3%

51%

33%

34%

41%

52%

The Asian Cup (soccer)

29%

9%

20%

22%

46%

3%

36%

23%

30%

27%

31%

The Australian Grand Prix (motor racing)

23%

8%

15%

26%

49%

3%

32%

13%

20%

24%

23%

The Tour Down Under (cycling)

19%

5%

14%

26%

52%

3%

23%

15%

15%

18%

23%

The sporting events of most interest were the Australian Open (45% a lot/some interest) and the cricket World Cup (42%).

The World Cup was the event of most interest to men (51%) and the Australian Open of most interest to women (43%).

While the Australian Open had similar levels of interest across age and gender, all other events had more interest for men and the World Cup had more interest for older respondents (52% of those aged 55+).

Sexism and discrimination against women

Oct 22, 2012

Q. How much sexism and discrimination against women do you think currently occurs in the following?

 

A lot

Some

A little

None at all

Don’t know

A lot/some TOTAL

A lot/some MEN

A lot/some WOMEN

In workplaces

17%

38%

32%

6%

7%

55%

49%

62%

In the media

19%

37%

29%

9%

7%

56%

49%

62%

In politics

25%

36%

25%

8%

7%

61%

55%

67%

In advertising

31%

28%

26%

8%

7%

59%

50%

67%

In sport

24%

34%

25%

10%

7%

58%

50%

66%

In schools

12%

31%

33%

14%

10%

43%

39%

48%

A majority of respondents think there is a lot or some sexism in politics (61%), advertising (59%), sport (58%), the media (56%) and workplaces (55%).

Women were more likely to think there is a lot or some sexism in all areas – but especially advertising (men 50%/women 67%) and sport (50%/66%).

37% of women think there is a lot of sexism/discrimination in advertising, 31% in sport and 29% in politics.

Interest in upcoming Grand Finals

Sep 26, 2011

Q. Which of the following upcoming sporting events are you most interested in?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The AFL Grand Final 32% 35% 33% 28%
The NRL Grand Final 20% 19% 22% 17%
The Rugby World Cup 10% 9% 12% 10%
None of the above 38% 37% 34% 44%

Whilst 38% of respondents had no interest in any of the upcoming football finals, 32% were most interested in the AFL, 20% in the NRL and only 10% in the Rugby World Cup.

Female respondents are far more likely to state that they were not interested in any of the upcoming sport events (47%), as were respondents aged 18-24 yeas old (46%).

Respondents from NSW are far more likely to have an interest in the Rugby World Cup (15%) and the NRL Grand Final (35%).

Respondents from QLD are also far more likely to have an interest in the NRL Grand Final (32%).

Victorian respondents are the most likely to be most interested in the AFL Grand Final (67%).

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Nothing to Barack about

Nov 16, 2010

First Published on The Drum 16/11/2010

If the mid-term drubbings and G20 currency fisticuffs with China are not enough, Barack Obama will return home with more bad news: Australians think his nation has lost its mojo.

While Julia Gillard and entourage were all smiles at the official photo call, they politely chose not to disclose they were representing a nation that thinks the USA is in decline.

In fact, 60 per cent of all surveyed in this week’s Essential Report see the American Empire’s influence becoming weaker, with just 20 per cent believing the USA’s influence on the world is on the rise.

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Raging Bulls Return to the Small Screen

Oct 21, 2010
Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou will be fired up for a rematch with his nemesis, Craig Foster.

At last, Australian sport’s Great Rematch is upon us.

Is it the Collingwood vs St Kilda Grand Final Replay replay?  No.

Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine vs Danny Green?  No.

Michelle Ford vs Tracy Wickham?  No.

I’m talking about Craig Foster vs Ange Postecoglou.

For readers who may not be familiar with Round 1 of this epic contest, let me paint you a picture …

It is Remembrance Day, 11 November 2006.  The Young Socceroos have just crashed out of the Asian Football Confederation Championships in the quarter finals, losing 2-1 to South Korea.  By failing to make it through to the semi-finals, they have also failed to qualify for the Under 20 World Cup – to be played in Canada the following year.

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Aussie Larrikins Strike Gold In Petulant Behaviour

Oct 11, 2010
Hassene Fkiri of Australia refuses to shake hands with Anil Kumar of India.

Hassene Fkiri blows up and becomes an instant household name.

The Australian media has been quick to condemn Commonwealth Games athletes Hassene Fkiri and Shane Perkins for their televised displays of sporting petulance.  They apparently let us all down, giving people the impression that Australians are actually bad losers.

C’mon!  Why pick on these athletes, when they are simply upholding a great Aussie tradition?

Indeed, the evidence shows that we’re actually a bunch of world-class, Gold Medal-winning tantrum throwers, who love nothing more than gobbing off and flipping the bird – to officials, fellow competitors and even our team-mates.

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John Howard as Head of ICC

Jun 5, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the former Prime Minister John Howard becoming head of the International Cricket Council?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat
Total approve 32% 18% 56%
Total disapprove 18% 31% 6%
Strongly approve 8% 4% 15%
Approve 24% 14% 41%
Disapprove 10% 19% 4%
Strongly disapprove 8% 12% 2%
No opinion 50% 51% 38%

 Exactly half the respondents have no opinion about John Howard becoming head of the International Cricket Council – 32% approve and 18% disapprove.

56% of Liberal/National voters approve but 31% of Labor voters disapprove and 18% approve.

 57% of women and 60% of people aged under 35 have no opinion. Men approve 35% to 22%.

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