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Results

More than 860 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in December 2018.  Just under 75 per cent of survey respondents (73%) identified as female, with more females than males responding in every age group (figure 1).  Eighty-seven per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, and more than 50 per cent of respondents comprised women aged between 30-49 years (inclusive).

As for previous surveys, the demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the groups of people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

There were no significant differences in the reports of men and women when they were asked about their experience of social isolation over the Christmas period.

Twenty-four per cent of survey respondents reported they often lacked companionship, while a further 32 per cent reported they sometimes lacked companionship over the Christmas period.

More than one-quarter of survey respondents reported they often felt left out or isolated over the Christmas period, while a further 34 per cent reported they sometimes felt left out or isolated.  One-fifth of survey respondents often felt unable to reach out to people around them (19%) or had no one to talk to (15%), while a further one-third (34%) of respondents sometimes had no one to reach out or talk to over the Christmas period.

Sixteen per cent of survey respondents reported they often spent time waiting for people to call, write or visit, while a further 28 per cent reported they sometimes waited for people to call, write or visit over the Christmas period (figure 2).

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