Protectionists enjoy imports, too

The “Australian Survey of Social Attitudes”:http://assda224-100.anu.edu.au/nesstarlight/index.jsp has published a database of frequency tables for answers to their 2003 attitude survey on a variety of topics. The survey shows Australians to be (along with other tendencies) xenophobic about investment, apprehensive about foreign competiton for jobs and more than a little protectionist. But they are equally avid import consumers. I’m tempted to say: ‘no news there…’. WTO is influential, according to the survey. But not in a positive way, it seems. The rest of this post contains some pictures of the frequency tabulations (for which I did not find a copyright at the ASSDA site). I am endebted to “Andrew Norton”:http://www.badanalysis.com/catallaxy/archives/000165.html’s story on attitudes to same-sex parenting for the link to this intriguing resource.






The [effect on your daily life of the] World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Value  Categories  N
  Great effect  235
 11.8%
  Some effect  955
 47.9%
  No effect  599
 30.1%
  Can’t choose  204
 10.2%
  Not asked  2183
  Skip  0
  Missing  94










Large international companies are doing more and more damage to local businesses in Australia
Value  Categories  N
  Strongly agree  700
 32.4%
  Agree  917
 42.4%
  Neither agree nor disagree  351
 16.2%
  Disagree  118
 5.5%
  Strongly disagree  10
 0.5%
  Can’t choose  66
 3.1%
  Not asked  2087
  Missing  21








Opening up Australia’s economy to foreign competition has a bad effect on job security in this country
Value  Categories  N
  Strongly agree  524
 12.5%
  Agree  1530
 36.6%
  Neither agree nor disagree  980
 23.4%
  Disagree  808
 19.3%
  Strongly disagree  109
 2.6%
  Can’t choose  234
 5.6%
  Not asked  0
  Skip  0
  Missing  85










Australia should limit the import of foreign products in order to protect its national economy
Value  Categories  N
  Strongly agree  525
 24.5%
  Agree  862
 40.2%
  Neither agree nor disagree  407
 19.0%
  Disagree  267
 12.5%
  Strongly disagree  37
 1.7%
  Can’t choose  44
 2.1%
  Not asked  2087
  Missing  41









Free trade leads to better products becoming available in Australia
Value  Categories  N
  Strongly agree  147
 6.8%
  Agree  896
 41.7%
  Neither agree nor disagree  607
 28.3%
  Disagree  322
 15.0%
  Strongly disagree  65
 3.0%
  Can’t choose  111
 5.2%
  Not asked  2087
  Missing  35


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