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Oct 4, 2017
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

Jun 15

Total a lot /some

Feb 16

Total a lot /some

Mar 17

ABC TV news and current affairs 63% 16% 47% 18% 10% 3% 7% +4 63% 66% 59%
SBS TV news and current affairs 61% 13% 48% 17% 8% 4% 10% +2 61% 63% 59%
ABC radio news and current affairs 58%   14% 44% 20% 9% 3% 9% +2 58% 62% 56%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 45%   5% 40% 32% 15% 3% 5% +3 46% 48% 42%
ABC radio talkback programs 44%   8% 36% 26% 12% 5% 14% -1 46% 49% 45%
News and opinion in local newspapers 44%   4% 40% 32% 12% 3% 8% -1 50% 49% 45%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 42%   4% 38% 31% 15% 4% 9% 45% 49% 42%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 41%   4% 37% 32% 14% 4% 8% +1 44% 46% 40%
News and opinion websites 40%   3% 37% 34% 15% 4% 8% +4 39% 44% 36%
Commercial radio talkback programs 35%   4% 31% 30% 19% 4% 11% +1 34% 34% 34%
Internet blogs 20% 3% 17% 35% 27% 5% 13% +1   20% 23% 19%

 

Overall, trust in media has increased slightly since this question was asked in March – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (63% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (61%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (58%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (20%) and commercial radio talkback programs (35%).

The main changes since February last year have been for news and opinion websites (up 4%) and ABC TV news and current affairs (up 4%).

Aug 8, 2017
Essential Research

Family trusts

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Labor Party’s proposal to tax the distributions of family trusts at 30%, the same level of tax paid by companies?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 41%   58% 37% 37% 34%
Total disapprove 30%   19% 41% 18% 44%
Strongly approve 15%   24% 10% 19% 12%
Approve 26%   34% 27% 18% 22%
Disapprove 19%   14% 25% 12% 26%
Strongly disapprove 11%   5% 16% 6% 18%
Don’t know 29%   23% 22% 45% 21%

41% approved of the Labor Party’s proposal to tax the distributions of family trusts at 30% and 30% disapproved. 29% did not have an opinion. A majority (58%) of Labor voters approved but Liberal/National voters were split (37% approve/41% disapprove).

Of those on higher incomes ($104,000+) 47% approved and 30% disapproved.

Jul 11, 2017
Essential Research

Trust in organisation to store data

Q. Under national security laws, phone and internet records of all Australians are held for two years. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to store your personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

 

Total lot/some trust Total little/no trust   A lot of trust Some trust Little trust No trust Don’t know A lot/some trust (Oct 2015) A lot/some trust (Nov 2014)
Security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, local police and ASIO 64% 32%   21% 43% 20% 12% 5% 49% 53%
The Government 43% 52%   9% 34% 31% 21% 5% 40% 42%
Telecommunications companies and internet service providers 29% 67%   4% 25% 36% 31% 4% 31% 32%
Other private companies 24% 69%   2% 22% 35% 34% 7% 20% 20%

 

64% have a lot or some trust in security agencies to store personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse – a 15% increase from when this question was last asked in October 2015. For each other organisations, a majority had little or no trust.

Overall, trust has increased for most organisations since this question was asked in 2015, with the exception of telecommunication companies and ISPs, for whom trust fell 2% to 29%.

Note: When these questions were asked in 2015 and 2014, they referred to ‘new national security laws’, rather than ‘national security laws’, and said that data “will be held for two years”, rather than “are held for two years”. This wording has been changed to reflect that the laws have now come into effect.

Jun 27, 2017
Essential Research

Party trust to handle issues

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

  Liberal Labor Don’t know   Differe-nce Difference

Dec 2016

Security and the war on terrorism 41% 21% 38% +20 +17
Management of the economy 40% 25% 34% +15 +14
Controlling interest rates 34% 24% 42% +10 +7
Political leadership 35% 27% 38% +8 +6
Managing population growth 30% 24% 46% +6 +7
Treatment of asylum seekers 31% 30% 39% +1 +6
Ensuring a quality water supply 27% 32% 41% -5 -3
Ensuring a fair taxation system 27% 37% 36% -10 -1
Ensuring a quality education for all children 29% 40% 31% -11 -11
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 28% 39% 33% -11 -12
Housing affordability 24% 36% 40% -12 -9
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 26% 39% 34% -13 -9
A fair industrial relations system 27% 41% 32% -14 -7
Protecting the environment 23% 37% 40% -14 -14
Addressing climate change 23% 39% 39% -16 -14

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+20, up 3 from December) and management of the economy (+15, up 1).

The Labor Party is trusted more to handle addressing climate change (+16, up 2), protecting the environment (+14, no change), and a fair industrial relations system (+14, up 7).

Since this question was asked in December, the Liberal party has improved its position against the Labor party on security and the war on terrorism (up 3) and controlling interest rates (up 3). The Labor Party has improved its position against the Liberal Party on ensuring a fair taxation system (up 9), a fair industrial relations system (up 7), treatment of asylum seekers (up 5) and protecting Australian jobs and local industries (up 4).

May 23, 2017
Essential Research

Trust in Parties

Q. Which party do you most trust to properly fund the following:

  Labor Coalition Don’t know
Medicare 44% 26% 29%
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 36% 28% 36%
Universities 41% 25% 34%
The age pension 45% 22% 33%
Public schools 45% 25% 30%
Independent/private schools 20% 44% 36%

Labor was more trusted to fund Medicare (44% trust), the NDIS (36%), universities (41%), the age pension (45%) and public schools (45%). The Coalition was more trusted to fund independent/private schools (44%).

36% did not know who they would trust more to properly fund the NDIS.

Mar 14, 2017
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   Total a lot /someNov 14 Total a lot /some

Jun 15

Total a lot /some

Feb 16

ABC TV news and current affairs 59%   17% 42% 17% 10% 4% 11%   69% 63% 66%
SBS TV news and current affairs 59%   15% 44% 17% 8% 4% 14%   66% 61% 63%
ABC radio news and current affairs 56%   15% 41% 17% 9% 3% 15%   62% 58% 62%
ABC radio talkback programs 45%   9% 36% 22% 12% 5% 18%   48% 46% 49%
News and opinion in local newspapers 45%   3% 42% 31% 12% 4% 9%   53% 50% 49%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 42%   4% 38% 31% 14% 5% 9%   50% 45% 49%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 42%   5% 37% 31% 17% 4% 5%   48% 46% 48%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 40%   4% 36% 30% 15% 4% 10%   45% 44% 46%
News and opinion websites 36%   4% 32% 34% 15% 4% 11%   42% 39% 44%
Commercial radio talkback programs 34%   4% 30% 26% 20% 4% 15%   33% 34% 34%
Internet blogs 19%   3% 16% 34% 27% 5% 16%   22% 20% 23%

Overall, trust in media has declined since this question was asked last year – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (59% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (59%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (56%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (19%) and commercial radio talkback programs (34%).

 

The main changes since February last year have been for news and opinion websites (down 8%), ABC TV news and current affairs (down 7%) and news and opinion in daily newspapers (down 7%).

Mar 7, 2017
Essential Research

Trust in industries

Q. How much trust do you have in the following industries to act in the public interest? 

  Total a lot/some trust   A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know   Jan 2013

A lot/ some trust

Tourism 70% 18% 52% 16% 5% 9% 68%
Agriculture 68% 18% 50% 15% 6% 11% 72%
Manufacturing 55% 8% 47% 27% 9% 10% 56%
Retail 53% 8% 45% 29% 10% 9% 47%
Construction and development 46% 8% 38% 31% 14% 9% 48%
Telecommunications 36% 7% 29% 35% 20% 9% 37%
Mining 36%   6% 30% 30% 245 11% 32%
Banking 33%   8% 25% 30% 30% 7% 33%
Media 29%   3% 26% 31% 31% 8% 30%
Power companies 24% 3% 21% 35% 32% 8% 18%

The industries most trusted to act in the public interest were tourism (70% some/a lot of trust), agriculture (68%) and manufacturing (55%).

The industries least trusted to act in the public interest were power companies (24%), the media (29%), banking (33%) and mining (36%).

Since this question was asked in 2013, trust in power companies has increased 6 points – although remains the least trusted industry.

The only industry on which there were major differences was mining where 50% of Liberal/National voters had a lot/some trust compared to only 30% of Labor voters and 18% of Greens voters.

Jan 24, 2017
Essential Research

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 Jun 12 Total trust Mar 13 Total trust Jul 14 Total trust Oct 15 Total trust Sep 16
Federal police 69% 29% 40% 19% 7% 5% +6 67% 63%
State police 67% 25% 42% 23% 6% 4% +4 68% 63%
The High Court 62%   23% 39% 23% 8% 6% +5   60% 74% 57% 60% 57%
The ABC 53%   15% 38% 26% 12% 9%   54% 70% 54% 55% 53%
The Reserve Bank 51%   15% 36% 31% 10% 8% +4   49% 64% 52% 51% 47%
Charitable organisations 45%   8% 37% 36% 14% 5% +2   50% 52% 45% 49% 43%
Environment groups 39%   8% 31% 34% 21% 7%   32% 41% 31% 42% 39%
Your local council 38%   5% 33% 37% 19% 5% +2   34% 33% 40% 36%
The Commonwealth Public Service 36%   5% 31% 37% 16% 10%   30% 36% 31% 38% 36%
State Parliament 31%   5% 26% 32% 31% 6% +5   30% 24% 32% 26%
Federal Parliament 30%   5% 25% 32% 33% 6% +4   22% 34% 25% 32% 26%
Religious organisations 28%   5% 23% 27% 38% 6% +2   27% 27% 26% 30% 26%
Trade unions 27%   5% 22% 30% 34% 9% +2   22% 25% 22% 27% 25%
Business groups 27%   3% 24% 44% 23% 7%   22% 26% 22% 30% 27%
Political parties 17% 3% 14% 34% 44% 6% +3 12% 12% 13% 16% 14%

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

 

Overall, trust in institutions has increased a little since this question was asked last September.

Respondents had most trust in the Federal police (69%), State police (67%), the High Court (62%), the ABC (53%) and the Reserve Bank (51%). They had least trust in political parties (17%), business groups (27%), trade unions (27%) and religious organisations (28%).

The main changes since the last poll were for Federal Police (up 6%), the High Courts (up 5%) and State Parliament (up 5%).

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