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Mar 16, 2021
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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).
Aug 11, 2020
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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.
Apr 21, 2020
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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.
Mar 13, 2019
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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%).

Sep 25, 2018
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Trust in Institutions

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

  Total

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Don’t know % change   Total trust Oct 15 Total trust Sep 16 Total trust Oct 17
Federal police 70% 31% 39% 18% 7% 5% -1 67% 63% 71%
State police 67% 30% 37% 22% 8% 3% 68% 63% 67%
The High Court 61%   24% 37% 22% 11% 6%   60% 57% 61%
The ABC 54%   16% 38% 26% 12% 8% +2   55% 53% 52%
The Reserve Bank 50%   15% 35% 28% 125% 8% +1   51% 47% 49%
Charitable organisations 47%   12% 35% 36% 12% 4% +1   49% 43% 46%
Environment groups 42%   10% 32% 33% 18% 6%   42% 39% 42%
Your local council 42%   9% 33% 37% 18% 4% +4   40% 36% 38%
The Commonwealth Public Service 39%   7% 32% 36% 16% 9% +1   38% 36% 38%
State Parliament 31%   7% 24% 33% 31% 6%   32% 26% 31%
Business groups 29%   3% 26% 43% 19% 9% +1   30% 27% 28%
Federal Parliament 28%   6% 22% 32% 35% 6% -2   32% 26% 30%
Religious organisations 28%   6% 22% 26% 39% 7% +2   30% 26% 26%
Trade unions 25%   5% 20% 35% 31% 9%   27% 25% 25%
Political parties 15% 2% 13% 35% 44% 6% -3 16% 14% 18%

 

Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’

 

Overall, trust in institutions has changed little since this question was asked in October, 2017.

 

Respondents had most trust in the Federal police (70%), State police (67%), the High Court (61%), the ABC (54%) and the Reserve Bank (50%). They had least trust in political parties (15%), trade unions (25%), religious organisations (28%), Federal Parliament (28%) and business groups (29%).

 

The main change since the last poll were for local council (up 4%) and political parties (down 3%).

Oct 4, 2017
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Trust in Institutions

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

  Total

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Don’t know % change   Total trust Oct 15 Total trust Sep 16 Total trust Jan 17
Federal police 71%   27% 44% 19% 7% 3% +2   67% 63% 69%
State police 67%   24% 43% 21% 9% 2%   68% 63% 67%
The High Court 61%   22% 39% 25% 10% 4% -1   60% 57% 62%
The ABC 52%   17% 35% 29% 12% 7% -1   55% 53% 53%
The Reserve Bank 49%   13% 36% 32% 13% 7% -2   51% 47% 51%
Charitable organisations 46%   8% 38% 38% 12% 4% +1   49% 43% 45%
Environment groups 42%   9% 33% 35% 19% 5% +3   42% 39% 39%
Your local council 38%   7% 31% 38% 21% 4%   40% 36% 38%
The Commonwealth Public Service 38%   6% 32% 38% 16% 9% +2   38% 36% 36%
State Parliament 31%   4% 27% 35% 29% 4%   32% 26% 31%
Federal Parliament 30%   5% 25% 35% 32% 4%   32% 26% 30%
Business groups 28%   4% 24% 46% 20% 6% +1   30% 27% 27%
Religious organisations 26%   6% 20% 31% 39% 4% -2   30% 26% 28%
Trade unions 25%   4% 21% 34% 33% 7% -2   27% 25% 27%
Political parties 18%   3% 15% 34% 45% 3% +1   16% 14% 17%

 

Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’

 

Overall, trust in institutions j=has changed little since this question was asked in January.

Respondents had most trust in the Federal police (71%), State police (67%), the High Court (61%), the ABC (52%) and the Reserve Bank (49%). They had least trust in political parties (17%), business groups (27%), trade unions (27%) and religious organisations (28%).

The main change since the last poll were for environment groups (up 3%).

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