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Saulwick Age Poll, 16, March 1992

1. I want to ask you some questions about Aborigines. Would you say
   that Aboriginal people in Australia today: Have or Do not have
   SOCIAL equality with the rest of the country

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

HAVE SOCIAL EQUALITY                         1        281     28.1
DONT HAVE SOCIAL EQUALITY                    2        655     65.5
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         64      6.4
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


2. And would you say that Aboriginal people in Australia today:
   have or do not have ECONOMIC equality with the rest of the
   country.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

HAVE ECONOMIC EQUALITY                       1        330     33.0
DONT HAVE ECONOMIC EQUALITY                  2        591     59.1
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         79      7.9
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


3a. It has been suggested in recent years that the Australian
    Government should come to a compact or treaty of understanding
    with the Aborigines. If there were to be such a compact or
    treaty, do you think: it should or should not state that the
    land was originally owned by the Aborigines and was taken
    from them.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

SHOULD                                       1        463     46.3
SHOULD NOT                                   2        451     45.1
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         86      8.6
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


3b. And do you think it should or should not provide for cash
    compensation or reparation for losses suffered by the Aborigines.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

SHOULD                                       1        268     26.8
SHOULD NOT                                   2        643     64.3
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         88      8.8
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


3c. And do you think it should or should not offer further land
    ownership and control to Aboriginal communities.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

SHOULD                                       1        426     42.6
SHOULD NOT                                   2        491     49.1
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         84      8.4
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


3d. And do you think it should or should not provide money for
    Aborigines to spend as they decide on education, health and
    welfare.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

SHOULD                                       1        507     50.7
SHOULD NOT                                   2        439     43.9
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         54      5.4
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


3e. Finally, in principle, would you support or oppose the idea
    of a compact or treaty between the Government and the 
    Aborigines?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

SUPPORT                                      1        647     64.7
OPPOSE                                       2        275     27.5
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         78      7.8
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


4. Which of these statements comes closest to your view:
   Aborigines don't do anything to help themselves and expect to
   be looked after by the Government, or The Government should
   provide Aborigines with money and other resources because they
   have been so badly treated up till now.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

EXPECT TO BE LOOKED AFTER                    1        475     47.5
GOVT SHOULD PROVIDE MONEY                    2        345     34.5
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3        180     18.0
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


5. Thinking for a moment about Aborigines and the police: Which
   of these statements comes closest to your view: In general,
   police do as good a job as they can when dealing with
   Aboriginal people, or many police seem to be prejudiced in their
   dealings with Aboriginal people.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

DO A GOOD JOB                                1        526     52.6
SEEM TO BE PREJUDICED                        2        377     37.7
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         97      9.7
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


6. Would you say that the police are MORE sympathetic to Aborigines,
   LESS sympathetic to Aborigines, or take the SAME attitude to
   Aborigines as the community as a whole?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

MORE SYMPATHETIC                             1         63      6.3
LESS SYMPATHETIC                             2        410     41.0
TAKE SAME ATTITUDE                           3        447     44.7
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         4         81      8.1
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


7. And would you say that, in general, Australians: Do care or
   do not care about how Aborigines are treated in this country?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

DO CARE                                      1        571     57.1
DO NOT CARE                                  2        384     38.4
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         45      4.5
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


8. Thinking more generally, would you say that Australians ARE
   tolerant of people who are different from them or are NOT
   tolerant of people who are different from them.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

ARE TOLERANT                                 1        515     51.5
ARE NOT TOLERANT                             2        444     44.4
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         41      4.1
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


9a. I am now going to read some statements to you. I want you to
    tell me whether you agree or disagree with each of them. The
    first statement is: the reason Aborigines behave in a way that
    brings them into conflict with the law is that they feel they
    have been badly treated for so long. Do you: agree or disagree
    with that statement?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

AGREE                                        1        653     65.3
DISAGREE                                     2        298     29.8
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         49      4.9
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


9b. Second, the Australian legal system treats Aborigines more
    harshly than non-Aboriginal Australians. Do you: agree or
    disagree with that statement?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

AGREE                                        1        250     25.0
DISAGREE                                     2        638     63.8
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3        112     11.2
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


9c. Third, if an Aborigine breaks the law, he or she should accept
    the consequences and should not expect special treatment.
    Do you: agree or disagree with that statement?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

AGREE                                        1        920     92.0
DISAGREE                                     2         52      5.2
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         28      2.8
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


10. Which of these statements best describes you:
    I have many close Aboriginal friends
    I have quite a few Aboriginal friends
    I have very few Aboriginal friends
    I do not have any Aboriginal friends

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

MANY CLOSE ABORIGINAL FRIENDS                1         23      2.3
QUITE A FEW                                  2         92      9.2
VERY FEW                                     3        395     39.5
NO ABORIGINAL FRIENDS                        4        480     48.1
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         5          9       .9
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0


11. Finally are you yourself Aboriginal? yes, no.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

YES                                          1         26      2.6
NO                                           2        959     96.0
DONT KNOW, NO ANSWER                         3         14      1.4
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                                 Total responses     1000    100.0