While we wait for politics to crank up other matters are more interesting.
I’m sure the pollies are waiting for Newspoll.
Essential Report takes a look at Sexism and Discrimination against Women. It’s all bad, really, around 60% in politics, advertising, workplaces, sport and the media. It’s less bad in schools at 44%.
- There has been little change in these figures since this question was asked in June 2013.
Then they look at Respect for men and women in professions:
- A majority think that men are more respected than women in the professions of building and construction (74%), the military (70%), politics (63%), sport (61%), finance/banking (53%) and the law (53%).
A majority think both are respected equally in TV presenting (52%) and teaching (50%).
58% think women are more respected in nursing.
Apart from nursing, teaching and sport, women are considerably more likely to think men are more respected in each profession.
On Islamaphobia, according to The Oz (paywalled):
- One in 10 Australians are “highly Islamophobic” and have a fear or dread of Muslims, a University of South Australia study has found.
- The findings indicated most Australians were not Islamophobic, with 70 per cent surveyed comfortable having a Muslim as a family member or close friend, although more felt social distance from Muslims than from other religious groups, Professor Hassan said. A further 20 per cent were undecided on the issue.
- Professor Hassan said Australians’ tolerance towards immigrants strongly influenced their Islamophobia score while higher proportions of older Australians, aged 65 to 74, people who had not completed Year 12, and those not in the labour force showed higher rates of negative views.
I’m not sure why they were surprised that political affiliations had a strong correlation with Islamophobia:
- Australians aligned with the Liberal and Nationals parties have significantly higher levels of Islamophobia than those aligned with the Labor Party while Greens voters tended to have the lowest Islamophobia score, the report said.
Back in 2014, Monash University and the Scanlon Foundation found that one in four Australians held a negative attitude towards Muslims.
I would doubt that the surveys are comparable in questions asked and methodology, so on this evidence I don’t think we can claim that attitudes have changed.
By the way, 40% of us think Hillary Clinton should be President, with 32% don’t know, followed by Donald Trump at 12%.
I heard an American remind us the other day that probably only about 15% of them want Trump. His support amounts to about 30% of rusted on Republican voters.