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PERCEPTONS OF PARLIAMENT THE CIVIC EDUCATION FACTOR The 2010 Western Australian Findings. Dr Harry Phillips Parliamentary Fellow, Parliament of Western.

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1 PERCEPTONS OF PARLIAMENT THE CIVIC EDUCATION FACTOR The 2010 Western Australian Findings. Dr Harry Phillips Parliamentary Fellow, Parliament of Western Australia 1

2 Preamble National Commitment to reduce the Civics deficit National Statements and National Testing Western Australian Poll(s) Civic education does count. 2

3 TOTAL AGE GENDERLOCATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus MaleFemaleMetro Country <$60K $61- $100K $101K + N=401 % N=109 % N=292 % N=198 % N=204 % N=313 % N=89 % N=177 % N=98 % N=102 % Yes 343135 333725273646 No 666965 676374736454 Dont know 0-100010-- TOTALS 100 DETAILED FINDINGS Of 2010 POLL 1. 1 Visited Western Australian Parliament The respondents were asked to indicate whether they had ever visited the Western Australian Parliament. 3 One third of electorate have visited Parliament. Age, gender not a factor. Less likelihood of visit by country residents and lower income groups.

4 TOTAL AGEGENDERLOCATIONHOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Fem ale Metro Countr y <$60 K $61- $100 K $101K + N=136 % N=3 4 % N=10 2 % N=6 9 % N=6 7 % N=114 % N=22 % N=47 % N=35 % N=47 % Educational Tour 53804465415162494067 Sightseeing 1421711171221 810 Work Related 921191091241410 Lunch / morning tea 831088941364 To view a debate 7-105 9-6163 Participate in protest 496265-732 Visit an MP 1-2122--5- Other 7965984664 Dont know 1-1-11--2- TOTALS 104100106105104105103107100102 1.2 Purpose of most recent visit The respondents who had visited the Western Australian Parliament before (34%) were asked about the purpose of their (most recent) visit. 4 Over 50% for educational visit. (Higher country rates). 14% for sight seeing. 9% for work related. 7% to view debate. 4% to participate in protest.

5 TOT AL AGE GENDERLOCATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Fem ale Metro Coun try <$6 0K $61- $100 K $10 1K+ N=4 01 % N=1 09 % N=2 92 % N=1 98 % N=2 04 % N=31 3 % N=8 9 % N=1 77 % N=98 % N=1 02 % Very High 1-2021-2-- Quite High 131811151213 111218 Satisfact ory 48 50464752474850 Quite Low 211723202221 232115 Very Low 86988968126 Dont know 9127710988711 TOTAL S 100 NET HIGH 14181315141513 1218 NET LOW 2923322830 28323321 1.3 The Perceived Work Standards of the WA Parliament The respondents were asked to indicate what their perceptions about the standard of workings of the WA Parliament are, based on what they knew or had heard. The following scale was used: Very High standard; Quite a High standard; Satisfactory standard; A Quite Low standard; A Very Low standard. 5 61% - net satisfactory and above. No marked demographic difference Except above 35years and low income group more likely to be net low.

6 TOTAL AGE GENDERLOCATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Countr y <$60 K $61- $100K $101 K+ N=40 1 % N=10 9 % N=29 2 % N=198 % N=204 % N=31 3 % N=89 % N=17 7 % N=98 % N=10 2 % Yes 39324238413845334445 No 61685862596254675655 Dont know 0-0-0-1--- TOTALS 100 1.4 Personal Contact with Member(s) of the Western Australian Parliament The respondents were asked whether they had ever met or had any direct communication with Members of the Western Australian Parliament. 6 40% - some contact with MPs. 60% - no contact with MPs.

7 TOTAL AGEGENDERLOCATIONHOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Country <$60 K $61- $100 K $101K + N=15 8 % N=3 5 % N=12 2 % N=7 5 % N=83 % N=11 8 % N=40 % N=59 % N=43 % N=45 % At a social gathering or street greeting 404737 423843374042 Meeting MP at other location (not just street greeting) 2252718262221173417 Letter/Email 15 19121711151915 Through work 849116810987 Other community meeting (e.g. school visit, union meeting, party event, poll day) 811797867413 Visit to Electorate Office 5-76549752 Friends with them or through friends / family 5268349827 Telephone 5252746313- Visit to Members Parliament House office 5936354554 Visiting Parliament 2-3133-32- Other 2312114222 Dont know 0-11-1-1-- TOTALS 117100122120115 125115133109 1.5 Form of Contact with Western Australian Members of Parliament The respondents who had previously experienced personal contact with one or more members of the Western Australian Parliament (117 or 39%) were asked how this contact took place from a pre-determined list of categories. 7 40% Social/Street gathering with Members of Parliament 22% Meeting Members of Parliament at location 8% Letter/Email

8 TOTAL AGE GENDERLOCATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Countr y <$60 K $61- $100K $101 K+ N=40 1 % N=10 9 % N=29 2 % N=198 % N=204 % N=31 3 % N=89 % N=17 7 % N=98 % N=10 2 % Yes 39324238413845334445 No 61685862596254675655 Dont know 0-0-0-1--- TOTALS 100 1.6 Personal Contact with Member(s) of the Western Australian Parliament The respondents were asked whether they had ever met or had any direct communication with Members of the Western Australian Parliament. 8 29% - Submission to a Standing or Select Committee. 18% - Guidance from Parliamentary Officers. 13% - Sought assistance from Parliaments Education Officer. 5% - Provided oral evidence to a Standing /Select Committee.

9 TOTAL AGEGENDERLOCATIONHOUSEHOLD INCOME Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Countr y <$60 K $61- $100 K $101K + N=16 1 % N=3 8 % N=12 3 % N=7 7 % N=84 % N=12 1 % N=40 % N=61 % N=43 % N=46 % Greatly Improved 4934552633 Slightly Improved 16261320121422171513 No effect 53515453 5451435070 Slightly Reduced 129 1110161797 Greatly Reduced 1151361613711186 Dont know 4-5524265- TOTALS 100 NET Improved 20351624171924231816 NET Reduced 2314251827232228 13 1.7 Effect of personal contact on Opinions about the WA Parliament Respondents who indicated they had personal contact with one or more members of the Western Australian Parliament (39%) and respondents who indicated they have had personal contact with the Western Australian Parliament itself (5%) were asked whether their communication with the Parliament of Western Australia, or with its Members has improved or reduced their opinion about the workings of the Parliament. The following scale was used: 1) Greatly Improved; 2) Slightly Improved; 3) No Effect; 4) Slightly Reduced; 5) Greatly Reduced. 9 20% - Improved opinions of MPs. 53% - No effect. 23% - Reduced opinions of MPs.

10 TOTAL AGEGENDERLOCATIONEXPOSURE TO PARL. Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Countr y Visited Parliamen t Met MP No contac t N=40 1 % N=10 9 % N=29 2 % N=19 8 % N=20 4 % N=31 3 % N=89 % N=136 % N=15 8 % N=17 7 % Completely Accurate 1312011121 Generally Accurate 34313638313724342836 Neither one nor the other 36333733383250393833 Generally Inaccurate 19201819 2417 Completely Inaccurate 3333333342 Dont know 7115598344 TOTALS 100 NET Accurate 36333740313925353037 NET Inaccura te 222321 22 2819 1.8 Opinion on Accuracy Media Portrayal of WA Parliament All respondents were asked to indicate how accurate they believe the picture is that the media portrays of the workings of the Western Australian Parliament. Instead of income classes, a subgroup based on exposure to parliament is shown. The following scale was used: 1) Completely Accurate; 2) Generally Accurate; 3) Neither one nor the other; 4) Generally Inaccurate; 5) Completely Inaccurate. 10 35% - Generally accurate portrayal of workings of WA Parliament by media. 36% - Neither one nor the other. 22% - Inaccurate portrayal of workings of WA Parliament by media.

11 TOTA L AGEGENDERLOCATIONEXPOSURE TO PARL. Up to 35 yrs 36 yrs plus Male Femal e Metro Countr y Visited Parliame nt Met MP No contac t N=40 1 % N=10 9 % N=29 2 % N=19 8 % N=20 4 % N=31 3 % N=89 % N=136 % N=15 8 % N=17 7 % Very Great 7677675995 Quite Great 12 11 12 816 8 Only moder ate 43384543 444142 Slight 1924182217 27191720 None at all 17191615181716121420 Dont know 3232333224 TOTA LS 100 NET Great 18 191425 13 NET Slight /None 36423437353442313240 1.9 Influence of Education on Opinions about the WA Parliament The respondents were asked to indicate to what extent they expect that their political and civic education had an influence on their perceptions of the workings of the WA Parliament. Again, instead of income classes, a subgroup based on exposure to parliament is shown. The following scale was used: 1) Very Great; 2) Quite Great; 3) Only moderate; 4) Slight; 5) None at all. 11 19% - Very great/quite great influence. 43% - Moderate influence. 19% - Slight. 17% - No influence. Visiting Parliament or meeting an MP had an influence.

12 12 Key Observations A critical finding, though tentative, is that civic education, and contact with parliamentarians and the Parliament, makes a positive difference to the perceptions of Parliament and its workings. Civic education does count!


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