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Table 2 Comparison of the weighted pandemic influenza survey sample to the Australian population for key demographics

From: Pandemic influenza in Australia: Using telephone surveys to measure perceptions of threat and willingness to comply

  Weighted pandemic influenza survey sample % 2006 Australian Population % P values+
Gender   Based on = > 16 years  
Male 50.8 48.8 p = 0.069
Female 49.2 51.2  
Age   Based on = > 16 years  
16–24 15.1 15.5 p = 0.01
25–34 17.1 17.1  
35–44 19.7 18.8  
45–54 18.8 17.7  
55–64 14.3 14.0  
65–74 9.5 8.8  
75+ 5.4 8.1  
Highest formal qualification   Based on = > 15 years  
None 6.1 7.9 p < 0.0001
School certificate 22.1 17.3  
High school certificate 17.2 22.3  
TAFE certificate/diploma 22.6 31.7  
University degree/equivalent 32.0 20.8  
Born in Australia **   Based on = > 15 years p = 0.065
Yes 73.5 71.7  
No 26.5 28.3  
Speak language other than English #   Based on all years  
Yes 16.8 16.8 p = 0.982
No 83.2 83.2  
Employed ^^   Based on = > 15  
Yes 64.1 61.2 p = 0.007
No 35.9 38.8  
Children in household *** ##   Based on occupied dwellings  
Yes 41.5 43.3 p = 0.101
No 58.5 56.7  
Living alone   Based on = > 15 years  
Yes 11.1 12.5 p = 0.054
No 88.9 87.5  
Location ^^^   Based on all years  
Urban 70.1 68.4 p = 0.093
Rural 29.9 31.6  
  1. Notes: ABS figures obtained from the ABS website at http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Symbols refer to ABS data: * Excludes Australian External Territories; ** Excludes country of birth not stated; # language spoken at home. Excludes language spoken at home not stated;
  2. ## Count of persons in occupied private dwellings; *** children defined as being < 15 yrs old; ^based on 52 weeks in the year.
  3. ^^ Employed is defined as any paid work full-time or part time ^^^ urban/rural is defined by area health service for NSW population survey and is equal to the major cities category for the Australian census. +chi squared
  4. Source: New South Wales Health Survey Program. Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health, 2008.