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Survey Results Analysis

More than 2,160 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in April.  Just under three-quarters of survey respondents (74%) identified as female, suggesting the survey topic was slightly less appealing to women (or more appealing to men) than the previous survey about community participation.

As was the case for last month’s survey, more females than males responded in every age group (see figure below).  Eighty-nine per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, with the highest number of responses collected for women aged between 30-39 years (inclusive).

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

 

 

Overall, between 74 and 97 per cent of survey respondents reported that they had never experienced any of the six gambling problems identified by the survey questions (see figure below).  Men were less likely than women to report that they had never experienced any of the six gambling problems in the 12 month period preceding the survey, and correspondingly were more likely to report they almost always experienced gambling problems.

Twelve per cent of women and twenty-one per cent of men reported that they sometimes to almost always bet more than they could afford to lose.  Six per cent of women and twenty-one per cent of men reported that they sometimes to almost always had gone back another day to try to win back the money they lost.

Few women and men reported that they had borrowed money, sold anything or had stolen to get money to gamble (3% and 10% respectively), while just over five per cent (7%) of women and almost twenty per cent (19%) of men felt that gambling had caused health problems, including stress and anxiety.

When asked about the effects of gambling on finances, six per cent of women and eighteen per cent of men reported that their gambling had caused financial problems for them or their household.  Ten per cent of women and one-quarter of men sometimes to always feel guilty about their gambling or what happens when they gamble.

As noted above, the April survey included six of the nine questions that form the Problem Gambling Index and therefore respondents had less opportunity to reach a total score of 3 to 7 (moderate level of problems leading to some negative consequences) or 8 or more (problem gambling with negative consequences and a possible loss of control) than if they had been asked to complete the full nine questions.  Despite this, in totalling the answers to the fewer number of questions included in the survey, around four per cent of women reported a moderate level of problems and three per cent a high level of problems, and eleven per cent of men reported a moderate level of problems and ten per cent a high level of problems.  These results indicate problem gambling rates for males responding to the monthly online survey in excess of five to ten times the rates estimated for adults who are considered to have moderate to serious gambling problems in the Australian population.

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