Trust in News Sources

Dec 13, 2010

Q. Please rate your level of trust in the news and information from each source.

 

Total always/usually trustworthy

Always trustworthy

Usually trustworthy

Seldom trustworthy

I do not trust it at all

Don’t know

ABC TV news 82% 21% 61% 7% 3% 8%
SBS TV news 78% 19% 59% 8% 2% 12%
ABC radio news 78% 18% 60% 8% 3% 12%
Commercial (free-to-air) TV news 69% 5% 64% 20% 6% 5%
Internet news sites – e.g. newspaper sites, ABC, etc 66% 5% 61% 18% 4% 12%
Newspapers 65% 3% 62% 22% 7% 6%
Commercial radio news 62% 4% 58% 19% 8% 11%
Pay TV news 48% 4% 44% 14% 6% 32%
Internet blogs 17% 1% 16% 31% 26% 26%

 The most trusted news sources were ABC TV news (82%), ABC radio news (78%) and SBS TV news (78%).

The least trustworthy were internet blogs (57% seldom/no trust), newspapers (29%), commercial radio news (27%) and commercial TV news (26%).

Women were more likely than men to trust commercial TV news (75%/62%), newspapers (68%/63%) and commercial radio news (68%/55%). Comments »

Government Support for Industries

Nov 8, 2010

Q. Thinking about Australian industries and the ways in which the Government can give them assistance and support – which forms of assistance and support do you think the Government should give to the following industries? (multi-response)

  Lower tax rates Direct subsidies and grants Protection from overseas competition Total should give assistance Should not give any assistance Don’t know
Agriculture 34% 44% 45% 79% 7% 14%
Renewable energy e.g. solar panels, wind farms 34% 56% 19% 79% 7% 14%
Other manufacturing e.g. clothing, whitegoods 24% 16% 43% 69% 14% 17%
Car manufacturing 22% 18% 39% 66% 16% 18%
Mining 13% 9% 19% 37% 42% 21%
Banking and finance 13% 3% 12% 25% 57% 18%
Media e.g. newspapers, TV stations 5% 5% 12% 21% 58% 21%

More than three-quarters of respondents are in favour of Government assistance and support for agriculture and renewable energy industries. 45% believe that agriculture should receive protection from overseas competition and 56% support direct grants and subsidies for renewable energy.

About two-thirds are in favour of Government support for car and other manufacturing industries – especially protection from overseas competition.

Media (21%) and banking and finance (25%) are thought to be least deserving of Government support.

By voting intention Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour Government support for agriculture (87%) and mining (44%). Comments »

Media Ownership – James Packer

Nov 1, 2010

Q. James Packer recently bought a major shareholding in Channel 10. Should James Packer be allowed to become a major shareholder in Channel 10 while he is also a major shareholder in Foxtel?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should be allowed 28% 27% 36% 18%
Should not be allowed 24% 27% 21% 29%
Don’t care 38% 36% 36% 46%
Don’t know 10% 10% 7% 7%

 Nearly half either don’t care or don’t know whether James Packer should be allowed to become a majority shareholder in Channel 10. Of those with an opinion, views are split 28% should be allowed and 24% should not. 36% of those on low incomes (under $600pw) think he should not be allowed. Comments »

Media Ownership – Rupert Murdoch

Nov 1, 2010

Q. Rupert Murdoch owns most of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers including the Australian, Herald Sun, the Telegraph and the Courier Mail. Should the Government allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should allow 15% 13% 20% 12%
Should not allow 50% 56% 47% 56%
Don’t care 26% 24% 25% 26%
Don’t know 9% 8% 8% 6%

 50% think Rupert Murdoch should not be allowed to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers and only 15% think he should be allowed. Those most strongly opposed were aged 55+ (61%) and people earning over $1,600pw (55%). Comments »

Trust in TV News and Current Affairs

Nov 1, 2010

Q. How much trust do you have in the news and current affairs on the following TV channels?

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust Don’t know
ABC 42% 42% 9% 6%
Channel 7 8% 53% 33% 6%
Channel 9 8% 54% 31% 6%
Channel 10 7% 55% 31% 6%
Sky News 12% 40% 17% 31%

42% say they have a lot of trust in the ABC news and current affairs and 42% have some trust. Only 9% have not much trust.

Levels of trust in the free-to-air commercial channels are similar – less than 10% have a lot of trust and over 30% say they have not much trust in them.

Sky News is trusted more than the other commercial channels – 12% say they have a lot of trust and only 17% have not much trust.

Highest levels of trust in the ABC are shown by men (47% a lot of trust), Greens voters (62%) and Labor voters (48%) and those on income over $1,600pw (49%). Comments »

The Punch: Stop the presses: the media aren’t that crap

Sep 20, 2010

First Published on The Punch 21/09/2010

Sometimes a response to a polling question comes along that makes you re-evaluate your preconceived ideas, where the public’s refusal to confirm your gut instincts forces you to have a fresh look at the evidence before you.

Spot the popular people.

Spot the popular people in this photo. Pic: Gary Ramage

Asking people to cast stones at the media’s reporting of the federal election seemed like a simple enough exercise, the public would confirm the media did a poor job and we could all wring our hands about democracy once again denied.

But hold the presses. Something is amiss. Fewer than a quarter of respondents to the Essential Report join the party.  One third rate the coverage at election time ‘good’, a further 40 per cent ‘average’. And far more say the media ‘gave fair coverage of all parties’ than thought they favoured a particular side.

Comments »

Influence of Groups

Jun 15, 2010

Q. How much influence do you think the following groups have on the policies of Australian political parties?

Too much About the right amount Not enough Don’t know
The media 53% 27% 5% 15%
Banks 50% 28% 5% 18%
Business lobby groups 40% 33% 5% 21%
Mining companies 40% 33% 10% 17%
Unions 40% 33% 12% 14%
Religious groups 38% 29% 11% 21%
Environment groups 25% 31% 29% 15%

About half the respondents believed that the media (53%) and banks (50%) have too much influence on the policies of Australian political parties.

40% believed that business lobby groups, mining companies and unions have too much influence.

Only 25% thought environmental groups have too much influence and 29% think they have not enough influence.

There were substantial differences by party preference on the influence of business lobby groups (Labor 52% too much, Lib/Nat 28%), unions (26%/61%), and mining companies (57%/26%). However, there was little difference on the perceived influence of the media (Labor 57% too much, Lib/Nat 56%) and banks (53%/51%). Comments »

Media Coverage of Politicians’ Private Lives

May 31, 2010

Q. There have been some recent situations where a politician has resigned from their position or their party after some aspects of their sexual behaviour were made public by the media. Is it appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s private life?

Yes, in all circumstances 12%
Yes, in some circumstances 42%
No, not at all 38%
Don’t know 8%

A majority (54%) believe it is appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s personal life in some or all circumstances. 12% think details should be revealed in all circumstances and 42% in some circumstances. 38% say details of a political figure’s personal life should not be revealed at all. 64% of Liberal/National voters and 50% of Labor voters approved revealing details of political figure’s personal life in some or all circumstances.  Greens voters were split 50% some/all, 50% not at all. There were no substantial demographic differences. Comments »

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