Tuesday 24 June 2008

We're happy with sex

One in ten Australians want more sex and nudity in magazines and films, and big business is now seen to be more dangerous than unions, according to new data.

The latest Trends in Australian Public Opinion report, records the opinions over the last 20 years. It shows Australians have also become more supportive of increased social spending and trade unions.

The majority of voters in last year’s election believed...
  • big businesses had too much power,
  • 37 per cent thought the same about trade unions. The proportion of Australians who thought unions wielded too much power had fallen by 25 per cent since 1996.
  • In the last 14 years, the proportion of voters who believed that there was too much raunchiness in films and magazines has fallen from 59 per cent to 48 per cent in 2007.
  • The proportion of people wanting more sex and nudity has remained at 10 per cent since 2004.
  • Just under 50 per cent of voters wanted more spending on social services.
  • 34 per cent wanted tax cuts.
  • In 2004, about 35 per cent of Australians wanted less immigration. In 2007, that proportion had grown to 46 per cent. Just 15 per cent said they wanted higher levels of immigration in 2007.

The report was based on a survey of 2000 people, following the 2007 Federal Election.

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