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Nov 9, 2021
Daena Teng

Party trust to handle issues

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

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference   Difference Sep’21
National Security 38% 32% 29% +6 +13
Management of the economy 41% 33% 26% +8 +10
Maintaining international relations 33% 36% 30% -3 +5
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 33% 40% 27% -7 -3
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 40% 27% -8 -4
Housing affordability 27% 39% 34% -12 -9
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 41% 26% -9 -9
Addressing climate change 26% 39% 35% -13 -13
Fair wages and workplace conditions 29% 45% 26% -16 -18
Base (n) 1,089 1,089 1,089   1,094
  • In the time since the fall-out from the government’s AUKUS submarine announcement and Scott Morrison’s COP26 performance, fewer people trust the Liberal party to maintain international relations and handle national security.
  • In September, more people trusted the Liberal government to maintain international relations than the Labor party (37% trusted the Liberals, 32% Labor). Now 36% trust Labor and 33% trust the Liberals.
  • 38% of people now trust the Liberals to handle national security (41% in September) while trust in the Labor party has increased from 28% to 32%.
Oct 12, 2021
Essential Research

Trust in institutions

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

TOTAL: Trust Oct’21 Change since Mar’21 Mar’21   Aug’20
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68%   n/a   n/a
State & federal health authorities 64% -4% 70%   69%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% -3% 64%   64%
Universities 59%   n/a   n/a
State or territory government 55% -11% 66%   60%
The Commonwealth public service 52% -5% 57%   56%
Federal government 48% -6% 54%   55%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68% 25% 30% 38% 18% 7% 7%
State & federal health authorities 64% 31% 21% 43% 21% 11% 5%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% 35% 18% 43% 23% 12% 4%
Universities 59% 34% 19% 41% 26% 9% 7%
State or territory government 55% 41% 16% 39% 25% 16% 4%
The Commonwealth public service 52% 41% 12% 40% 29% 12% 7%
Federal government 48% 47% 13% 35% 29% 18% 5%
  • Trust in the state/territory government and federal government has decreased since Mar’21. Trust in state/territory government has dropped from 66% to 55%, and trust in the federal government from 54% to 48%.
  • People have the most trust in scientific bodies (68%) and health authorities (64%).
Sep 28, 2021
Essential Research

Party trust to handle issues

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

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference   Difference Oct’19
National Security 41% 28% 32% +13 +17
Management of the economy 41% 31% 29% +10 +15
Maintaining international relations 37% 32% 31% +5 N/A
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 35% 38% 27% -3 -9
Ensuring a quality education for all children 34% 38% 28% -4 -7
Housing affordability 29% 38% 33% -9 -7
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 41% 26% -9 -9
Addressing climate change 26% 39% 35% -13 -15
Fair wages and workplace conditions 28% 46% 27% -18 -19
Base (n) 1,094 1,094 1,094   1,033
  • The Liberal party is most trusted to handle national security (41%, 13pts higher than Labor), manage the economy (41%, 10pts higher than Labor) and maintain international relations (37%, 5pts ahead of Labor).
  • Labor are most trusted to handle fair wages and workplace conditions (46%, 18pt ahead of Liberals), address climate change (39%, 13pts ahead of Liberals), protect Australian jobs and local industries (41%, 9pts over Liberals) and increase housing affordability (38%, 9pts over Liberals).
  • There is little difference in trust between the two major parties to ensure the quality of healthcare or education systems.
  • The difference in trust between the parties is mostly similar to last time this was tested in October 2019.
Mar 16, 2021
Essential Research

Trust in institutions

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

TOTAL: Trust Mar’21 Change since Aug’20 Aug’20
Australia’s border security agencies 72% 5% 67%
State & federal health authorities 70% 1% 69%
State or territory government 66% 6% 60%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% No change 64%
The ABC 59% 1% 58%
The Commonwealth public service 57% 1% 56%
Federal parliament 54% -1% 55%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% No change 45%
Print media 35% -4% 39%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Australia’s border security agencies 72% 24% 28% 44% 18% 6% 3%
State & federal health authorities 70% 27% 25% 45% 20% 7% 3%
State or territory government 66% 31% 22% 45% 21% 10% 2%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% 34% 21% 43% 24% 10% 2%
The ABC 59% 36% 21% 38% 24% 13% 5%
The Commonwealth public service 57% 38% 12% 45% 29% 8% 5%
Federal parliament 54% 43% 15% 39% 28% 15% 3%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% 52% 8% 36% 36% 16% 3%
Print media 35% 60% 6% 30% 40% 19% 5%
  • People currently have the most trust in Australia’s border security agencies (72%) and state and federal health authorities (70%). Trust in border security agencies has seen a 5% point increase since August last year and trust in health authorities is unchanged.
  • Trust in state or territory governments comes in as the third most trusted institution (66%), having increased by 6% points since last August. Trust in police, courts and the justice system follows closely behind (64%).
  • 57% of people trust the Commonwealth public service, and just over half (54%) trust the federal parliament, both are consistent with levels seen last August.
  • 59% trust the ABC, more than the proportion who trust commercial TV and radio news (54%). Print media is the least trusted institution with only just over a third (35%) of people trusting it.
Mar 2, 2021
Essential Research

Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Q.  How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Public service 50% 42% 14% 37% 30% 11% 8%
Private companies 48% 42% 11% 37% 31% 12% 9%
Political offices 34% 59% 10% 24% 33% 26% 7%
Sporting clubs 40% 51% 10% 29% 35% 17% 9%
Entertainment industry 36% 55% 11% 25% 36% 20% 8%
  • Overall, trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women is lacking. However, there is the least trust in political offices – 59% don’t trust political offices to ensure this, and of this, nearly a third (26%) have no trust at all.
  • The entertainment industry tracks only slightly ahead of political offices with 55% not trusting it to ensure work is a safe place for women.
  • About half trust the public service and private companies (50% and 48% respectively) to ensure this, however of this the majority only have some trust – only 14% and 11% have a lot of trust in public service and private companies respectively.
Mar 2, 2021
Essential Research

Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Q. How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

TOTAL: Trust Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Public service 50% 56% 45% 52% 55% 44% 51% 57% 53% 40%
Private companies 48% 56% 41% 48% 48% 49% 46% 56% 49% 49%
Political offices 34% 41% 27% 34% 38% 30% 30% 45% 21% 31%
Sporting clubs 40% 49% 30% 39% 42% 37% 40% 44% 26% 45%
Entertainment industry 36% 42% 31% 32% 43% 33% 37% 41% 25% 41%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While trust in political offices is low overall, just 27% of women trust political offices to ensure work is a safe place for them.
  • Compared to other voters, Greens voters are the least likely to trust political offices to ensure a safe working environment for women (21% to 30% Labor voters, 45% Coalition and 31% minor and independent party voters).
Nov 17, 2020
Essential Research

Trust in Federal Government

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Federal Government?

[% of participants who answered the question]

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 34% 23% 43% 22% 12%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 16% 29% 55% 13% 3%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 9% 53% 38% 7% 2%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: Agree Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Regardless of who is in power, I trust the Federal Government to do what is right 66% 62% 70% 61% 71% 65% 60% 77% 56% 49%
As Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want 84% 83% 85% 77% 87% 86% 80% 89% 79% 76%
The government should do more to solve the problems facing our country 91% 90% 93% 86% 92% 94% 92% 90% 91% 88%
  • Almost unanimously, Australians agree that the government should do more to solve the problems facing our country (91%) however there is high levels of agreement that as Australians we can always find ways to solve our country’s problems and get what we want (84%).
  • Women are more likely than men to trust the Government to do what is right, regardless of who is in power (70% to 62%).
Aug 11, 2020
Essential Research

Trust in institutions

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

  TOTAL: Trust TOTAL: Low trust Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
State & federal health authorities 69% 25% 28% 41% 18% 7% 6%
Australia’s border security agencies 67% 26% 21% 46% 17% 8% 7%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% 30% 22% 42% 20% 9% 6%
State or territory government 60% 34% 23% 37% 23% 11% 6%
The ABC 58% 34% 24% 34% 23% 11% 8%
The Commonwealth public service 56% 36% 14% 41% 29% 7% 8%
Federal parliament 55% 37% 17% 38% 26% 11% 8%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% 49% 10% 35% 35% 14% 6%
Print media 39% 55% 7% 31% 36% 18% 7%

 

  • Participants have most trust in state & federal health authorities (69%) and Australia’s border security agencies (67%).
  • News on commercial TV & radio (45%) and print media (39%) are trusted by less than half of participants.
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