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Table 1 Demographic profile of respondents by survey mode

From: Non-response to a life course socioeconomic position indicator in surveillance: comparison of telephone and face-to-face modes

  Telephone (n = 2999) Face-to-face (n = 2893) Face-to-face EWP (n = 2206)
  % (95% CI) % (95% CI) % (95% CI)
Sex    
   Male 49.0 (47.2–50.8) 49.0 (47.2–50.8) 48.3 (46.2–50.4)
   Female 51.0 (49.2–52.8) 51.0 (49.2–52.8) 51.7 (49.6–53.8)
Age group (years)    
   18 to 24 12.1 (11.0–13.3) 12.0 (10.9–13.3) 10.2 (9.0–11.5)
   25 to 34 17.2 (15.9–18.6) 17.2 (15.9–18.7) 15.4 (13.9–16.9)
   35 to 44 19.3 (17.9–20.8) 19.3 (17.9–20.8) 18.7 (17.1–20.4)
   45 to 54 18.2 (16.8–19.6) 18.2 (16.8–19.6) 17.9 (16.4–19.6)
   55 to 64 13.9 (12.7–15.2) 13.9 (12.7–15.2) 14.9 (13.5–16.5)
   65 to 74 9.8 (8.8–10.9) 9.8 (8.8–10.9) 11.7 (10.4–13.1)
   75+ 9.5 (8.5–10.6) 9.5 (8.5–10.6) 11.2 (10.0–12.6)
Country of birth    
   Australia 77.9 (76.4–79.3) 74.8 (73.2–76.3)* 75.7 (73.9–77.4)
   UK/Ireland 11.1 (10.1–12.3) 11.5 (10.4–12.7) 11.6 (10.3–13.0)
   Other 11.0 (9.9–12.1) 13.7 (12.5–15.0)* 12.7 (11.4–14.1)
Marital status    
   Married/de facto 67.7 (66.0–69.3) 66.1 (64.4–67.8) 69.4 (67.4–71.3)
   Separated/divorced/widowed 13.4 (12.2–14.7) 15.3 (14.0–16.7) 14.5 (13.1–16.1)
   Never married 18.9 (17.5–20.3) 18.5 (17.2–20.0) 16.0 (14.6–17.6)*
Area of residence    
   Metropolitan 74.0 (72.4–75.6) 72.8 (71.2–74.4) 72.0 (70.1–73.8)
   Country 26.0 (24.4–27.6) 27.2 (25.6–28.8) 28.0 (26.2–29.9)
Highest education level    
   Still at school 1.6 (1.2–2.1) 0.9 (0.6–1.3) 0.9 (0.6–1.4)
   Left school at age 15 or younger 16.1 (14.9–17.5) 12.2 (11.1–13.5)** 12.9 (11.6–14.4)*
   Left school after age 15 34.0 (32.3–35.7) 32.0 (30.3–33.7) 31.3 (29.4–33.3)
   Trade/Apprenticeship 12.2 (11.0–13.4) 14.6 (13.3–15.9)* 14.5 (13.1–16.0)
   Certificate/Diploma 18.3 (16.9–19.7) 23.9 (22.4–25.5)** 24.5 (22.7–26.3)**
   Bachelor degree or higher 17.8 (16.5–19.2) 16.4 (15.1–17.8) 15.9 (14.4–17.5)
Gross annual household income    
   Up to $20,000 15.1 (13.9–16.5) 17.8 (16.4–19.2)* 17.3 (15.8–18.9)
   $20,001 to $40,000 18.4 (17.0–19.8) 18.0 (16.7–19.5) 17.2 (15.6–18.8)
   $40,001 to $60,000 18.3 (16.9–19.7) 17.8 (16.5–19.3) 17.6 (16.1–19.3)
   More than $60,000 37.5 (35.7–39.2) 34.7 (33.0–36.5) 35.6 (33.6–37.6)
   Not stated 10.8 (9.7–11.9) 11.6 (10.5–12.8) 12.4 (11.1–13.8)
Employment status    
   Full time employed 41.8 (40.1–43.6) 40.1 (38.3–41.9) 39.2 (37.1–41.2)
   Part time/casual employed 18.6 (17.3–20.1) 17.5 (16.1–18.9) 17.3 (15.7–18.9)
   Unemployed/unable to work 5.6 (4.8–6.4) 3.4 (2.8–4.2)** 2.2 (1.7–2.9)**
   Home duties 9.1 (8.1–10.2) 11.5 (10.4–12.7)* 11.5 (10.3–12.9)*
   Retired 19.4 (18.0–20.9) 20.5 (19.1–22.0) 24.0 (22.2–25.8)**
   Student 4.5 (3.8–5.3) 5.1 (4.3–5.9) 4.6 (3.8–5.6)
   Not stated 1.0 (0.7–1.4) 1.9 (1.5–2.5)* 1.2 (0.8–1.8)
Occupation    
   Manager/Administrator/Professional 22.6 (21.1–24.1) 19.6 (18.2–21.1)* 20.6 (19.0–22.4)
   Associate professional 8.7 (7.7–9.7) 7.2 (6.3–8.2) 7.1 (6.1–8.2)
   Tradesperson/Advanced clerical or service 16.1 (14.8–17.4) 21.2 (19.8–22.7)** 21.6 (19.9–23.3)**
   Intermediate clerical/service/sales/production/transport 23.9 (22.4–25.5) 23.9 (22.4–25.5) 23.9 (22.1–25.7)
   Elementary clerical, sales, service/labourer 20.2 (18.8–21.7) 19.5 (18.1–20.9) 18.2 (16.7–19.9)
   Not stated/Home duties/Student/Never worked 8.5 (7.6–9.6) 8.6 (7.6–9.7) 8.7 (7.6–9.9)
  1. * p < 0.01 ** p < 0.001 Statistically significantly different from telephone survey