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.

Awareness of NDIS

Aug 6, 2012

Q. Have you heard or read a lot, a fair amount, just a little or almost nothing about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

5%

7%

4%

A fair amount

17%

20%

17%

25%

A little

33%

30%

34%

39%

Almost nothing

40%

38%

41%

30%

Can’t say

6%

4%

4%

6%

22% have heard a lot or a fair amount about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, 33% have heard a little and 40% have heard almost nothing.

Those more likely to have heard a lot or a fair amount were aged 55+ (31%), Labor voters (27%) and men (25%).

Handling of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. How would you rate the way each of the following have handled this issue concerning Craig Thomson?

 

Total good

Total poor

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Julia Gillard and the Labor Party

15%

49%

5%

10%

20%

18%

31%

16%

Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party

19%

40%

5%

14%

24%

16%

24%

17%

Craig Thomson

6%

56%

1%

5%

21%

19%

37%

16%

The media

20%

37%

3%

17%

29%

16%

21%

14%

Overall, respondents believed that all parties have handled the Craig Thomson issue poorly.

37% thought the media has handled it poorly, 40% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 49% Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 56% Craig Thomson himself. Only 6% thought Craig Thomson’s handling of the issue was good.

42% of Labor voters thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling of the issue was good compared to 37% of Coalition voters who thought Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party’s handling was good.

In terms of the media, 52% of Labor voters, 57% of Greens voters and 49% of those aged 55+ thought their handling was poor.

For union members, 29% thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling was good, 21% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 14% Craig Thomson himself and 28% the media.

Performance during Leadership Challenge

Mar 5, 2012

Q. How would you rate the performance of the following during the Labor leadership challenge?

 

Total good

Total poor

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Julia Gillard

23%

49%

10%

13%

24%

17%

32%

4%

Kevin Rudd

33%

35%

12%

21%

27%

16%

19%

4%

Labor Party Ministers

10%

52%

2%

8%

30%

25%

27%

8%

Tony Abbott

25%

40%

9%

16%

27%

18%

22%

8%

The media

14%

43%

3%

11%

35%

20%

23%

6%

Apart from Kevin Rudd, the performance of all parties to the leadership challenge were rated poorly.

33% thought the performance of Kevin Rudd was good and 35% poor. For Julia Gillard the rating was 23% good and 49% poor. Labor Party Ministers were rated most negatively – 10% good and 52% poor.

However, Julia Gillard was rated a little better than Kevin Rudd by Labor voters – their rating of Julia Gillard was 50% good/15% poor compared to 49% good/22% poor for Kevin Rudd.

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Trust in Media

May 2, 2011

Q. How much would you say you trust each of the following media sources to provide you with the news and information you want about Australian politics?

A lot/some trust
Total a lot/some trust Total not much/no trust A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
ABC TV 76% 15% 29% 47% 9% 6% 9% 73% 77% 79%
SBS 70% 15% 24% 46% 10% 5% 15% 69% 72% 67%
ABC radio 69% 17% 25% 44% 11% 6% 14% 66% 71% 71%
Daily newspapers 53% 40% 6% 47% 31% 9% 7% 52% 53% 52%
Commercial TV 45% 48% 4% 41% 35% 13% 7% 42% 48% 44%
Sky News 41% 25% 7% 34% 17% 8% 34% 46% 42% 34%
Commercial radio 40% 48% 4% 36% 34% 14% 12% 34% 44% 41%

The most trusted media for news and information about politics were ABC TV (76%), SBS (70%) and ABC radio (69%). The least trusted were commercial radio and commercial TV (both 48% not much or no trust).

Those aged 18-34 tended to have more trust in Sky News (46%) but less trust in commercial radio (34%).

The major differences by voting intention were that Liberal/National voters have more trust in commercial TV (52%), Sky News (48%) and commercial radio (49%).

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Perceptions of Media

May 2, 2011

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

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The media usually reports the news accurately 35% 54% 2% 33% 41% 13% 12%
The media usually reports all sides of a story 21% 69% 1% 20% 46% 23% 10%
The media is too critical of government and politicians in Australia 29% 57% 4% 25% 46% 11% 14%
These days I rely more on the internet than newspapers and TV for my news and information about politics. 44% 46% 12% 32% 37% 9% 10%
I trust the media more than I trust politicians 37% 43% 4% 33% 33% 10% 20%
I trust politicians more than I trust the media 16% 65% 1% 15% 44% 21% 18%
The media does a good job of scrutinizing politics and holding politicians accountable 45% 43% 3% 42% 31% 12% 12%
Overall, the media are politically biased in favour of the Liberal Party 19% 55% 4% 15% 44% 11% 26%
Overall, the media are politically biased in favour of the Labor Party 23% 50% 5% 18% 41% 9% 25%
The media are too focused on personalities and not enough on policies 70% 18% 21% 49% 15% 3% 12%
There is too much coverage of politics in the media 34% 52% 7% 27% 45% 7% 14%
The media does a good job of helping people to understand political and social issues 40% 48% 2% 38% 36% 12% 12%
I follow the news closely every day 57% 38% 10% 47% 32% 6% 6%

The majority of respondents disagree that the media usually reports all sides of a story (69%) and that the media reports the news accurately (54%).

However, they tend to trust the media a little more than they trust politicians – 37% agree they trust the media more and 16% agree they trust politicians more.

The results also indicate that respondents want more rather than less coverage of politics – only 34% agree that there is too much coverage of politics and 57% disagree that the media is too critical of government and politicians.

Respondents were divided over whether the media does a good job of scrutinizing politics and holding politicians accountable (45% agree/43% disagree) and tended to disagree that the media does a good job of helping people to understand political and social issues (40% agree/48% disagree).

70% agree that the media are too focused on personalities and not enough on policies.

A minority of respondents think the media are biased – 23% think they are biased in favour of the Labor Party and 19% in favour of the Liberal Party.

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The Past Year – The Economy and Industries

Dec 13, 2010

  Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
The banks 69% 13% 42% 27% 14% 9% 4% 4%
The mining industry 57% 14% 27% 30% 24% 11% 3% 6%
Large companies and corporations 44% 15% 10% 34% 35% 13% 2% 7%
The Australian economy 41% 20% 5% 36% 36% 17% 3% 4%
The media 30% 14% 8% 22% 45% 10% 4% 10%
The environment 14% 37% 2% 12% 43% 28% 9% 5%
Small business 14% 45% 2% 12% 35% 34% 11% 6%
Farming and agriculture 14% 50% 2% 12% 31% 35% 15% 5%

 A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (69%) and the mining industry (57%). They are also more likely to think it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (44% good/15% bad), the economy (41%/20%), and the media (30%/14%).

 However, they are more likely to think the year has been bad for farming and agriculture (50%), small business (45%) and the environment (37%).

In terms of the economy, all voter groups were more likely to think it has been a good year – Labor 55% good/11% bad, Liberal/National 33%/29% and Greens 53%/12%. Comments »

News Sources – Weekdays

Dec 13, 2010

Q. Thinking about where you get your news, on an average weekday which of the following media would you use?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Daily newspaper 42% 42% 47% 38%
Commercial (free-to-air) TV news 64% 68% 67% 57%
ABC TV news 32% 34% 34% 32%
SBS TV news 12% 10% 11% 19%
Pay TV news 10% 11% 11% 6%
Commercial radio news 27% 23% 34% 20%
ABC radio news 17% 17% 17% 22%
Internet news sites – e.g. newspaper sites, ABC, etc 55% 54% 59% 56%
Internet blogs 6% 4% 7% 10%
None of them 5% 2% 3% 10%

The most commonly used news sources on weekdays are commercial TV news (64%), internet news sites (55%) and newspapers (42%).

Respondents aged 45+ were more likely to use commercial TV news (70%), newspapers (48%), and ABC TV news (43%). Those aged under 35 were more likely to access internet news sites (60%) and less likely to read newspapers (36%). Comments »

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