Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report by Shaun Wilson

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A desirable perception into what Australians take into consideration modern political and social matters utilizing information accumulated from the inaugural Australian Survey of Social Attitudes at the expressed reviews of a few 4300 Australian adults. an outstanding source for college students, lecturers, researchers and coverage makers, and for an individual attracted to realizing the social dynamics of up to date Australia.

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Almost two-thirds of single-parent families reported an annual income below $31 199 in 2003 (compared to just 8 per cent and 7 per cent of two full-time earner and neo-traditional families respectively). Single parents are also most likely to report below-average incomes in their own estimation (54 per cent) and a high number indicate financial stress – AusSocAtts03 26/7/05 8:55 AM Page 39 MAKING FAMILIES WORK • 39 fully 43 per cent of this group find it difficult or very difficult to get by, compared to 17 per cent in families with two earners.

1). Consistent with the patterns found so far in this chapter, women, younger respondents and more educated respondents are significantly more likely to see single-parent households as families. Those who agree that a single parent can bring up children as well as a couple are also significantly more likely to see single parents with children as a family (88 per cent), regardless of their age or sex. Interestingly, and perhaps surprisingly, religious attendance by itself does not shift attitudes about single-parent families (81 per cent of those who never attend religious services see single-parent households as families, compared to 79 per cent of those who attend often).

On balance, respondents think that their children will have a better standard of living than they have. Finally, a majority of respondents from all family types are coping or comfortable on their current income. However, there is a clear divide between one-earner and two-earner families. Families in which both parents work full-time are the most optimistic, and coping best. Respondents from these families are more likely than those from other family types to say that their living standard is better compared to their parents (78 per cent), to expect that their children will have a higher standard of living than they have (45 per cent), to believe themselves to have a good chance of improving their own standard of living (56 per cent), and to be managing comfortably on their current income (33 per cent).

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