Australian Bureau of Statistics
4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2012
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FEELINGS OF TRUST
Responses were reported on a five-point scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.
Focusing on the level of generalised trust, participants in sport and physical recreation reported greater levels of trust in people than did non-participants. The participation rate in sport and physical recreation decreased slightly as feelings of trust diminished. The participation rate amongst those who strongly agreed that most people could be trusted was 74%, compared with 66% for those who strongly disagreed. Over half of participants in sport and physical recreation (56%) reported that they either strongly or somewhat agreed that most people could be trusted compared with just under half (48%) of non-participants.
An indirect measure of trust is people's feelings of safety while at home or walking alone. Over half (53%) of people who participated in sport and physical recreation felt very safe or safe walking alone in their local area after dark compared with 33% of non-participants. Only 15% of participants in sport and physical recreation never walked alone after dark, compared with 33% of non-participants. Similar rates of participation in sport and physical recreation were seen amongst people who felt very safe or safe walking alone in their local area after dark (both 82%) which is significantly higher than the rates of participation amongst people who reported feeling unsafe (69%) or very unsafe (65%). People who never walked alone after dark had the highest non-participation rate (43%).
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