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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