Australian Bureau of Statistics
4524.0 - In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics, December 2011
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2011
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Over half of all Australians aged 18 years and over believe there is at least one social disorder issue in their local area.
Over 10 million Australians aged 18 years and over (60.8%) believed there was at least one social disorder issue in their local area in the 12 months preceding the survey. The survey found that noisy driving and dangerous driving were the two most commonly perceived social disorder issues in Australia, with just over a third of all Australians believing that these two issues were present in their local area (36.2% and 34.7% respectively).
PROPORTION OF RESPONDENTS IDENTIFYING EACH SOCIAL DISORDER ISSUE(a)
Nearly all respondents that perceived a moderate or large social disorder issue in their local area had personally seen or experienced it (98.2%). Just under a quarter of respondents (23.1%) reported being influenced by someone they know in their opinion of at least one moderate or large issue, whilst 14.5% reported being influenced by information from the media.
Relative to the other social disorder issues, persons identifying people using or dealing drugs as a moderate or large problem were significantly less likely to be influenced by personal experience or observation (77.0%). Conversely, they were significantly more likely to be influenced by the experiences of someone known to them (36.4%) and information from the media (27.0%), relative to the other social disorder issues. The often discreet and concealed nature of drug-related criminal activity may reduce the likelihood of individuals personally experiencing or coming into direct contact with this issue (Endnote 6).
PERCEIVED SOCIAL DISORDER ISSUES – HOW OPINION WAS INFLUENCED(a)(b)
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