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Overview

Victorians surveyed in 2011 were asked to respond to a range of statements, which were then used to assess their attitudes towards science and technology.

This section allows the user to further explore the data obtained from these statements using two different types of chart:


  • Bubble Charts – explores the associations between agreement with any two of the survey’s attitudinal statements across a particular demographic group
  • Correspondence Analysis – explores the differences in attitudinal alignment between the segments
Bubble Charts

Victorians surveyed in 2011 were asked to respond to a range of statements, which were then used to assess their attitudes towards science and technology.

The Bubble Charts enable the viewer to explore the associations between agreement with any two of these attitudinal statements across a particular demographic group, using the filters provided.

For example, in the chart shown below agreement of each segment with the statement ‘I was interested in science as a teenager’ (x-axis) is plotted against their agreement with ‘Science prepares the younger generation to act as well-informed citizens’ (y-axis). The bubble sizes represent the relative size of each segment in the Victorian population. The chart shows the positive association between the two statements relating to segment, in that those segments agreeing with one are also likely to agree with the other. In this example Segments 2 and 3 demonstrate the greatest agreement with both statements.

Correspondence Analysis

Victorians surveyed in 2011 were asked to respond to a range of statements, which were then used to assess their attitudes towards science and technology.

The Correspondence Analysis chart allows the viewer to see the differences in attitudinal alignment between the six population segment based on their positioning around a central axis.

In the Correspondence Analysis chart available through the 'Quantitative Results' tab, the horizontal axis can be thought of as indicating positivity towards science and technology, with left being more positive and right being less positive. The vertical axis can be thought of as representing desire for control of science and technology, with up being desire for more control and down being desire for less control. We can see that Segments 2 and 3, despite their different understandings of science and technology, feely similarly positive about science. Segment 5, on the other hand, has a very different attitude towards science and technology, tending more towards a distrustful view.