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Survey results

Just under 1,700 people responded to Relationships Australia’s online survey in November, 2014.

Similar to October’s survey, almost 80 per cent of survey respondents identified as female, with women outnumbering men in every age group (see figure below).  Around 85 per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20-59 years, with the peak response category capturing the views of women aged from 30 to 39 years.  When compared to last month, a slightly higher proportion of people aged over 60 years answered the survey (9% compared with 6%), possibly relating to the greater appeal of the survey topic to older people.

The demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our expectations of the groups of people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

A significant minority of male and female survey respondents (men 15%, women 16%) indicated they were worried their family would fight over their aged care.  Men and women also reported similarly when asked if they were worried that their family would fight over their inheritance (men 16%, women 18%).

When asked about their concerns regarding family conflict around their parents’ ageing, women were more likely to report that they were worried their family would fight about their parents’ aged care, personal possessions and assets.  Almost one in three female and one in four male respondents voiced these concerns in Relationships Australia’s monthly survey (see figure above).

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