Journal article

Patterns of Welfare Attitudes in the Australian Population

Timothy P Schofield, Peter Butterworth

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015


The study of community attitudes toward welfare and welfare recipients is an area of increasing interest. This is not only because negative attitudes can lead to stigmatization and discrimination, but because of the relevance of social attitudes to policy decisions. We quantify the attitudes toward welfare in the Australian population using attitude data from a nationally representative survey (N = 3243). Although there was broad support for the social welfare system, negative attitudes are held toward those who receive welfare benefits. Using canonical correlation analysis we identify multivariate associations between welfare attitudes and respondent demographic characteristics. A primary a..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

PB received funding from the Australian Research Council (; DP120101887). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.