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Today’s special Morgan Poll finds: 81% of Australian electors do not believe women should be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court

This special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted today (August 6, 2010) with an Australia-wide cross section of 434 electors.

Australians are divided on whether women should be allowed to wear the burka in public places, but a solid majority (81%) say ‘no burka in court’ according to a special Australia-wide Roy Morgan sms survey of 434 electors conducted today.

People surveyed were asked “Should women be allowed to wear a burka in public places?” A small majority 52% said ‘No’ and 48% said ‘Yes’.

The 48% who said ‘Yes’ were then asked: “Should women be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court?” Of the 48% - 29% said ‘No’; 19% said ‘Yes’.

Overall, 81% of Australian electors believe women should not be allowed to wear a burka when giving evidence in court. Analysis by men and women shows virtually no gender difference.

This special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted today (August 6, 2010) with an Australia-wide cross section of 434 electors.

 

For further information:

Gary Morgan:    Office +61 3 9224 5213   Mobile +61 411 129 094

Michele Levine:  Office +61 3 9224 5215   Mobile +61 411 129 093

 

 

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.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

 

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

500

±4.5

±3.9

±2.7

±1.9

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4

 

 

The Morgan Poll is conducted by the ONLY Australian and New Zealand member of the Gallup International Association.

 

No other public opinion poll taken in Australia has this qualification.