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New Poll Shows Major Distrust In Entertainment Industry's Ability To Keep Women Safe

30 June 2023 | 1:03 pm | Mary Varvaris

The entertainment industry is still the least trusted institution to ensure workplaces are safe for women.

WAAX @ Oxford Art Factory

WAAX @ Oxford Art Factory (Credit: Peter Dovgan)

The latest Guardian Essential poll has shown that the entertainment industry remains the least trusted institution to ensure workplaces are safe for women. As the survey proves, 58% of 1,148 participants have little or no trust that the industry is a safe space.

40% of participants said they have little trust in the entertainment industry keeping women safe, 18% have no faith, and 6% are unsure. Only 6% of participants have a high level of trust in the entertainment industry to ensure women’s safety, and 30% have some confidence.

The entertainment industry is the least trusted institution found in the survey, with 34% of participants noting little trust in Federal Parliament, sporting clubs and public services, and 35% for private companies.

36% of participants hold some trust in sporting clubs to ensure women’s safety, 39% for public service, and 40% for private companies. You can view the poll results here.

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