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Apr 21, 2020
Essential Research

Trust in Institutions

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

  NET: Total Trust A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Unsure Mar

2019

Sep 2018 Oct 2017 Sep 2016
Federal police 68% 24% 45% 18% 9% 5% 66% 70% 71% 63%
State police 68% 23% 45% 20% 8% 4% 66% 67% 67% 63%
The High Court 61% 21% 40% 23% 10% 6% 58% 61% 61% 57%
The Reserve Bank 60% 16% 44% 23% 10% 7% 49% 50% 49% 47%
The ABC 58% 19% 39% 22% 12% 8% 51% 54% 52% 53%
Courts and the legal system 57% 16% 41% 27% 12% 4%
Charitable organisations 54% 12% 42% 27% 13% 6% 50% 47% 46% 43%
Federal Parliament 53% 13% 40% 29% 13% 5% 35% 28% 30% 26%
Your local council 53% 10% 43% 29% 14% 5% 43% 42% 38% 36%
The Commonwealth public service 52% 11% 40% 31% 10% 8% 42% 39% 38% 36%
State Parliament 51% 12% 40% 29% 14% 6% 36% 31% 31% 26%
Environment groups 46% 12% 33% 30% 18% 7% 43% 42% 42% 39%
Trade unions 42% 8% 34% 29% 21% 9% 31% 25% 25% 25%
Business groups 40% 6% 34% 37% 15% 9% 31% 29% 28% 27%
Religious organisations 35% 8% 27% 28% 31% 6% 27% 28% 26% 26%
Political parties 33% 5% 28% 38% 22% 7% 22% 15% 18% 14%
  • There have been large increases in the trust in institutions and organisations from last year.
  • Trust in the following all significantly increased from last year: federal parliament (35% to 53%), state parliament (36% to 51%), local councils (43% to 53%), the Commonwealth public service (42% to 52%), the Reserve bank (49% to 60%), business groups (31% to 40%), trade unions (31% to 42%), religious organisations (27% to 35%) and political parties (22% to 33%).
  • Federal and state police (68% trust) remain the most trusted institutions in the list.
Oct 29, 2019
Essential Research

Party trust to handle issues

Q. Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference Difference Mar’19
Border Protection 52% 31% 17% +21 +19
Management of the economy 49% 34% 17% +15 +15
Security and the war on terrorism 48% 31% 21% +17 +16
Political leadership 42% 38% 20% +4 +5
Controlling interest rates 41% 32% 27% +9 +12
Managing population growth 40% 34% 26% +6 +10
Ensuring a fair taxation system 39% 43% 18% -4 -1
Treatment of asylum seekers 39% 38% 23% +1 -1
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 37% 46% 17% -9 -3
Ensuring a quality education for all children 37% 44% 19% -7 -8
Standing up to big business 36% 43% 21% -7 -5
Ensuring a quality water supply 36% 38% 26% -2 -2
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 36% 45% 19% -9 -6
Housing affordability 35% 42% 23% -7 -7
Fair wages and workplace conditions 33% 52% 15% -19 -18
Protecting the environment 30% 44% 26% -14 -8
Addressing climate change 29% 44% 27% -15 -10
Base (n) 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,089
  • The Liberal party is most trusted to handle border protection (52%, 21pt higher than Labor), manage the economy (49%, 15pt higher than Labor) and manage security and the war on terrorism (48%, 17pt ahead of Labor).
  • Labor are most trusted to handle fair wages and workplace conditions (52%, 19pt ahead of Liberal), protect Australian jobs and protection of local industries (46%, 9pt over Liberal) and ensure the quality of Australia’s health system (45%, 9pt over Liberal).
  • Labor have increased the trust gap between themselves and the Liberals in addressing climate change since March of this year – Labour now has a 15pt lead over Liberal on this issue up from 10pt earlier this year.
  • Labour have also closed the gap in managing population growth, with a 6pt lag behind Liberals compared to 10pt in Mar’19.
Jun 27, 2019
Essential Research

Trust in Media Outlets

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media? NET: A lot of trust/Some trust

June 2019 Oct’18
SBS TV news and current affairs 60% 61%
ABC radio news and current affairs 58% 57%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 47% 48%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 46% 44%
News and opinion in local newspapers 46% 47%
ABC radio talkback programs 45% 44%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 44% 44%
News and opinion websites 37% 39%
Commercial radio talkback programs 34% 35%
Internet blogs 19% 17%
  • A majority of people had at least some trust in SBS TV news (60%) and ABC radio news (57%), while none of the other sources gained above 50%.
  • There was little change from last year in the levels of trust recorded for each media source.
  • There were few significant differences by age, gender, income or highest level of education attained.
Mar 13, 2019
Essential Research

Trust

Q. Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Liberal Party Labor Party Unsure Difference between Liberal and Labor
Border Protection 45% 26% 29% +19
Security and the war on terrorism 42% 26% 32% +16
Management of the economy 44% 29% 27% +15
Controlling interest rates 39% 27% 34% +12
Managing population growth 37% 27% 35% +10
Political leadership 37% 32% 32% +5
Ensuring a fair taxation system 35% 36% 29% -1
Treatment of asylum seekers 33% 34% 33% -1
Ensuring a quality water supply 32% 33% 35% -2
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 36% 39% 25% -3
Standing up to big business 33% 37% 30% -5
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 32% 39% 29% -6
Housing affordability 30% 38% 32% -7
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 39% 29% -8
Protecting the environment 28% 36% 36% -8
Addressing climate change 27% 36% 37% -10
Fair wages and workplace conditions 28% 46% 26% -18

More people trust the Liberal party than Labor on Border Protection, Security and the war on terrorism, Management of the economy, Controlling interest rates, Managing population growth and Political leadership.

Policy areas in which there is more trust in Labor include Fair wages and workplace conditions, Addressing climate change, Protecting the environment and Ensuring a quality education for children.

Mar 13, 2019
Essential Research

Trust in institutions

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

  NET: Total Trust A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Unsure Sep 2018 Oct 2017 Sep 2016
Federal police 66% 28% 37% 21% 9% 4% 70% 71% 63%
State police 66% 28% 38% 20% 10% 4% 67% 67% 63%
The High Court 58% 23% 35% 23% 13% 6% 61% 61% 57%
The ABC 51% 19% 32% 27% 14% 8% 54% 52% 53%
Charitable organisations 50% 13% 37% 30% 14% 6% 47% 46% 43%
The Reserve Bank 49% 18% 31% 26% 17% 9% 50% 49% 47%
Your local council 43% 10% 33% 33% 18% 6% 42% 38% 36%
Environment groups 43% 14% 29% 28% 21% 7% 42% 42% 39%
The Commonwealth public service 42% 10% 32% 35% 14% 9% 39% 38% 36%
State Parliament 36% 9% 27% 31% 27% 6% 31% 31% 26%
Federal Parliament 35% 10% 25% 29% 29% 8% 28% 30% 26%
Business groups 31% 5% 26% 37% 23% 9% 29% 28% 27%
Trade unions 31% 7% 23% 26% 33% 10% 25% 25% 25%
Religious organisations 27% 7% 20% 24% 42% 7% 28% 26% 26%
Political parties 22% 4% 17% 34% 37% 7% 15% 18% 14%

Trust is highest for the Federal and State police (66%), the High Court (58%). More than half of Australians have trust in the ABC (51%) and half trust charitable organisations (50%).

Trust is lowest for political parties (22%) and religious organisations (27%), Trade Unions (31%) and Business groups (31%).

Feb 13, 2019
Essential Research

Trust to implement recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission

Q. Who do you trust to implement the recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission?   

Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party 23% 28% 18% 21% 18% 29%
Bill Shorten and the Labor Party 27% 30% 25% 27% 30% 25%
No difference 35% 34% 37% 33% 37% 36%
Don’t know 15% 9% 20% 19% 15% 10%

Over a third of people (35%) believe it will make no difference whether a Coalition or Labor Government implement the recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission.

Males (28%) and voters over the age of 55 (29%) are most likely to trust the Coalition to deliver the recommendations.

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party 23% 5% 56% 6% 17%
Bill Shorten and the Labor Party 27% 60% 5% 32% 8%
No difference 35% 26% 29% 45% 58%
Don’t know 15% 9% 9% 18% 16%

Trust to deliver the Banking Royal Commission recommendations generally follow party voting intention, with 60% of Labor voters, and 56% of Coalition voters trusting their own party.

Greens voters (45%) and minor party/independent voters (58%) are most likely to think it will no make a difference who implements the recommendations.

Oct 9, 2018
Essential Research

Trust in media

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

  Total a lot /some

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know Don’t use % change   Total a lot /some

Oct 17

ABC TV news and current affairs 62%   19% 43% 14% 9% 5% 10% -1   63%
SBS TV news and current affairs 61%   18% 43% 14% 6% 5% 15%   61%
ABC radio news and current affairs 57%   17% 40% 17% 8% 4% 14% -1   58%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 48%   8% 40% 29% 12% 5% 7% +3   45%
News and opinion in local newspapers 47%   6% 41% 27% 9% 4% 13% +3   44%
ABC radio talkback programs 44%   8% 36% 22% 10% 5% 20%   44%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 44%   6% 38% 28% 10% 5% 12% +2   42%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 44%   5% 39% 28% 11% 5% 13% +3   41%
News and opinion websites 39%   4% 35% 32% 11% 5% 13% -1   40%
Commercial radio talkback programs 35%   4% 31% 29% 14% 5% 18%   35%
Internet blogs 17%   2% 15% 34% 22% 6% 20% -3   20%

Overall, there has been little change in trust in media since this question was asked 12 months ago.

 

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (62% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (61%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (57%).

 

The least trusted were internet blogs (17%) and commercial radio talkback programs (35%).

Oct 9, 2018
Essential Research

Trust in news sources

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read in the following newspapers and news websites?

  Total a lot /some

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know
ABC news websites 69%   21% 48% 16% 9% 6%
The Australian 59%   12% 47% 22% 11% 9%
The Guardian Australia website 55%   10% 45% 23% 11% 12%
News.com.au 55%   10% 45% 27% 12% 7%
Sydney Morning Herald 54%   13% 41% 25% 11% 10%
The Age 53%   9% 44% 24% 13% 11%
Nine.com.au 53%   8% 45% 27% 13% 6%
The Telegraph 49%   10% 39% 26% 14% 11%
Herald Sun 46%   8% 38% 27% 15% 11%
Yahoo 7 News website 45%   6% 39% 29% 16% 9%
Courier Mail 44%   6% 38% 30% 15% 13%
Daily Mail website 39%   6% 33% 31% 21% 10%

* Note : Percentages based only on respondents who had read/used each newspaper/website

Overall, among those who have read or used them, the most trusted news sources were the ABC news websites (69%), The Australian (59%), The Guardian Australia (55%) and news.com.au (55%).

The least trusted were The Daily Mail (39%) and The Courier Mail (44%).

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