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Increasing majority of Australians say "no" to the burka – up from August 2010

Finding No. 5825 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,328 Australians today, Tuesday September 23, 2014. They were asked “Should women be allowed to wear a burka in public places?” Respondents who answered ‘Yes’ were then asked: “Should women be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court?”

A special snap SMS Morgan Poll today shows an increasing majority of Australians (55.5%, up 3.5% from August 2010) say that women should not be allowed to wear the burka in public places while 44.5% say they should be allowed. Today’s special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a cross-section of 1,328 Australians.

In addition, respondents who said women should be allowed to wear burkas in public places were then asked whether women should be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court: Now 79.5% of Australians (down 1.5% since August 2010) say women should not be allowed to wear a burka while giving evidence in court whereas only 20.5% (up 1.5%) say they should be allowed.

Analysis by Voting Preference

Analysing the results by voting preference shows Liberal voters strongly against women having the right to wear the burka in public places (70.5% against cf. 29.5% allowed) as are National voters (63.5% cf. 36.5%), however both ALP voters (44% cf. 56%) and Greens voters (20.5% cf. 79.5%) are in favour of allowing women to wear burkas in public.

Analysis by Gender

Analysis by gender shows both men and women are opposed to women being allowed to wear the burka in public places:

  • Men: Against wearing the burka in public places (57.5%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (42.5%);

  • Women: Against wearing the burka in public places (53%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (47%).

Analysis by Age

Analysing by age shows a majority of younger Australians (under 35) are in favour of allowing women to wear the burka in public places whereas a majority of older Australians (35+) are opposed:

  • 18-24yr olds: Against wearing burka in public places (32.5%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (67.5%);
  • 25-34yr olds: Against wearing burka in public places (38%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (62%);
  • 35-49yr olds: Against wearing burka in public places (51%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (49%);
  • 50-64yr olds: Against wearing burka in public places (65.5%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (34.5%);
  • 65+yr olds: Against wearing burka in public places (72%) cf. allowed to wear the burka in public places (28%).

Analysis by State

Analysing by State shows a majority of respondents in all six States believe women should not be allowed to wear the burka in public places: NSW (54% against cf. 46% allowed), Victoria (55% cf. 45%), Queensland (57.5% cf. 42.5%), Western Australia (60.5% cf. 39.5%), South Australia (57% cf. 43%) and Tasmania (54% cf. 46%).

Gary Morgan says:

“An increasing majority of Australians (55.5%, up 3.5% since August 2010) are against women being allowed to wear the burka in public places while 44.5% (down 3.5%) say women should be allowed to wear the burka according to a special snap SMS Morgan Poll of 1,328 Australians today.

“Large majorities of L-NP voters (70.5%) and National voters (63.5%) say women should not be allowed to wear the burka in public places whereas majorities of both ALP voters (56%) and Greens voters (79.5%) say women should be allowed to wear the burka in public places.

“A majority of both men (57.5%) and women (53%) say women should not be allowed to wear the burka in public places, although there is a definite split by age group. Older Australians (aged 35+) are against women being allowed to wear the burka in public places whereas a majority of younger Australians (18-34) say women should be allowed to wear the burka.

“A large majority of Australians (79.5%) said women should not be allowed to wear the burka while giving evidence in court. A majority of Australians of both genders and all ages, States and political support were against women being allowed to wear the burka while giving evidence in court.”

Finding No. 5825 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,328 Australians today, Tuesday September 23, 2014. They were asked Should women be allowed to wear a burka in public places?Respondents who answered ‘Yes’ were then asked: “Should women be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court?” 

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See 2013 Accuracy Results here.

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. The following table gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4

Questions: Australians were asked: Should women be allowed to wear a burka in public places?

Voting Preference

 

Aug 6, 2010

Sept 23, 2014

Electors

Liberal

National

ALP

Greens

Other

Can’t say

Non-Electors

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No

52

55.5

55

70.5

63.5

44

20.5

62

55.5

58

Yes

48

44.5

45

29.5

36.5

56

79.5

38

44.5

42

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Age & Gender 

 

Sept 23, 2014

Gender

Age

Men

Women

18-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No

55.5

57.5

53

32.5

38

51

65.5

72

Yes

44.5

42.5

47

67.5

62

49

34.5

28

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

State & City/ Country 

 

 

State

Region

 

Sept 23, 2014

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

City

Country

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No

55.5

54

55

57.5

60.5

57

54

51

62

Yes

44.5

46

45

42.5

39.5

43

46

49

38

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Australians who answered yes were then asked:“Should women be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court?”

Voting Preference 

 

Aug 6, 2010

Sept 23, 2014

Electors

Liberal

National

ALP

Greens

Other

Can’t say

Non-Electors

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No (Q1)

52

55.5

55

70.5

63.5

44

20.5

62

55.5

58

No (Q2)

29

24

23.5

16.5

24.5

28.5

30.5

23

35.5

24.5

No (Total)

81

79.5

78.5

87

88

72.5

51

85

91

82.5

Yes (Q2)

19

20.5

21.5

13

12

27.5

49

15

9

17.5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Age & Gender 

 

Sept 23 2014

Gender

Age

Men

Women

18-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No (Q1)

55.5

57.5

53

32.5

38

51

65.5

72

No (Q2)

24

24

24

25

22.5

30

19

18.5

No (Total)

79.5

81.5

77

57.5

60.5

81

84.5

90.5

Yes (Q2)

20.5

18.5

23

42.5

39.5

19

15.5

9.5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

State & City/Country 

 

 

State

Region

 

Sept 23 2014

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

City

Country

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

No (Q1)

55.5

54

55

57.5

60.5

57

54

51

62

No (Q2)

24

28.5

20.5

24

24

20

10.5

24.5

23

No (Total)

79.5

82.5

75.5

81.5

84.5

77

64.5

75.5

85

Yes (Q2)

20.5

17.5

24.5

18.5

15.5

23

35.5

24.5

15

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100