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Survey Results Analysis

More than 2,160 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in March.  Around four in five survey respondents (78%) identified as female, with more females than males responding in every age group (see figure below).  Eighty five per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, and almost 40 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 significant differences in the participation levels reported by men and women for the six activities identified by the survey questions (see figure below).

For example, almost seventy per cent of women (68%) and half of men (53%) reported that they often or very often had contact with relatives not living with them.  Almost double the amount of men (15%) reported that they never or rarely had contact with relatives not living with them when compared to the reports of women survey respondents.

One-fifth of women and men reported they chatted with neighbours often or very often; however, forty per cent of women and thirty-five per cent of men reported that they never or rarely chatted with their neighbours.  When asked whether they attend events that bring their community together like fetes, shows, festivals and community events, one-quarter of women (25%) and one-fifth (20%) of men reported they often or very often attended these events.  However, around half of survey participants reported that they only occasionally attended these events.

Just over three-quarters (76%) of women and men reported that they never of rarely attended places of worship.  In contrast, both women and men reported high levels of participation when asked about their discussions of current affairs.  Just over 50 per cent of women (52%) and 40 per cent of men (44%) reported that they often or very often chatted with friends, family or neighbours about current affairs.

Similarly, survey respondents reported high levels of engagement with their friends.  Almost sixty per cent (59%) of women and forty-five per cent of men (44%) reported that they often or very often made time to keep in touch with friends.  However, just under one-fifth of male survey respondents indicated that they never or rarely made time to keep in touch with friends, similar to low levels of participation men reported for contact with relatives (15%).

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