More than 60 per cent of people less likely to donate to Oxfam, Third Sector poll finds

Donations to other charities look less likely to be affected, with many saying the Haiti scandal would not affect their giving

More than 60 per cent of people are less likely to donate to Oxfam as a result of the crisis over sexual misconduct at the charity, research for Third Sector has revealed.

A survey of 1,031 members of the public by Harris Interactive, commissioned by Third Sector, found that 73 per cent of people had heard about the scandal, in which several Oxfam employees were dismissed or resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct involving beneficiaries and Oxfam failed to alert the Charity Commission or the government to the nature of the allegations.

Q1: Recently, Oxfam was accused of concealing the findings into claims that staff members used sex workers while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011 after the Haiti earthquake. Before today, were you aware of this news story? (hold mouse over charts to see figures)

Forty-one per cent of respondents said they were much less likely to donate to Oxfam after the scandal, and 20 per cent said they were slightly less likely to donate.

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But the scandal has had less of an impact on other charities, with 65 per cent saying it had not influenced their perception of other aid organisations and 67 per cent saying it would not change how likely they were to donate to them.

Sixty-one per cent of respondents said the scandal had not changed their perception of charities in general and 70 per cent said it would not affect their donations to them.

Q2: Has this news story changed your perception of any of the following charities?

Twenty-nine per cent of respondents said they were less likely to donate to other aid organisations and a quarter of respondents said they were less likely to donate to charities in general.

Only 11 per cent of respondents, however, said they had a much more negative opinion of charities in general or of other aid and development charities.

Almost a quarter, 24 per cent, said they had a slightly more negative opinion of charities in general and 20 per cent said they had a slightly more negative opinion of other aid charities.

Q3: Has this news story made you more or less likely to donate to the following charities?

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