Trust in Federal Government

Nov 17, 2020

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%).

Information about Covid-19

Mar 31, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 63% 17% 6% 11% 20% 44% 19%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 22% 8% 14% 23% 37% 19%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 47% 30% 10% 20% 23% 32% 15%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 42% 33% 14% 19% 26% 32% 10%

Trust in State Governments

Jul 1, 2014

Q. From what you have read or heard about them, how trustworthy are the following state governments? 

 

Total very/

quite /somewhat trust-worthy

Total not very/not at all trust-worthy

 

Very trust- worthy

Quite trust- worthy

Some-what trust- worthy

Not very trust-

worthy

Not at all trust-

worthy

Don’t know

New South Wales

43%

34%

4%

13%

26%

23%

11%

24%

New South Wales (NSW only)

54%

34%

7%

17%

30%

25%

9%

11%

Victoria

43%

31%

4%

13%

26%

20%

11%

26%

Victoria (Victoria only)

55%

35%

4%

19%

32%

19%

16%

11%

Queensland

39%

37%

3%

11%

25%

20%

17%

24%

Queensland (Queensland only)

44%

51%

3%

11%

30%

18%

33%

4%

South Australia

40%

26%

3%

10%

27%

18%

8%

33%

Western Australia

40%

27%

3%

10%

27%

17%

10%

32%

Tasmania

41%

24%

4%

10%

27%

15%

9%

35%

Overall, at least 40% of respondents thought that each state Government was trustworthy.

However, for their own state, 54% of New South Wales residents and 55% of Victorian residents thought their state government was trustworthy but only 44% of Queensland residents thought their state government was trustworthy with 51% saying they were not trustworthy.

Better or worse under Liberal/National Government

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Under the new Liberal/National Government, do you expect the following will get better or worse?

Total
better

Total worse

Net

A
lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little wor-
se

A
lot wor-
se

Don’t know

Better
Sept 13

Wor
-se
Sept 13

Political leadership

33%

38%

-5

15%

18%

25%

12%

26%

3%

42%

31%

Trust in Government

30%

43%

-13

12%

18%

26%

13%

30%

3%

36%

36%

Unemployment

22%

45%

-23

6%

16%

30%

21%

24%

3%

27%

37%

The economy overall

30%

38%

-8

10%

20%

29%

21%

17%

3%

38%

30%

The cost of living

17%

52%

-35

5%

12%

29%

25%

27%

3%

27%

40%

Interest rates

16%

33%

-17

5%

11%

47%

18%

15%

4%

17%

31%

Health services

18%

45%

-27

5%

13%

35%

18%

27%

3%

23%

42%

Job security

17%

49%

-32

5%

12%

32%

21%

28%

3%

22%

43%

Workers rights and conditions

14%

45%

-31

5%

9%

36%

14%

31%

4%

18%

47%

Company profits

40%

18%

+22

13%

27%

38%

8%

10%

4%

47%

14%

The environment

16%

41%

-25

5%

11%

39%

14%

27%

4%

18%

39%

Education and schools

20%

43%

-23

6%

14%

33%

19%

24%

3%

25%

41%

Public services

17%

46%

-29

6%

11%

35%

20%

26%

3%

20%

45%

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

13%

49%

-36

4%

9%

35%

21%

28%

3%

19%

44%

Your personal financial situation

18%

37%

-19

5%

13%

42%

20%

17%

2%

22%

35%

Except for company profits, respondents believed all issues measured would get worse under the new Liberal/National Government. Expectations on each issue have declined since this question was asked immediately after the election. The largest declines have been for cost of living (net score down 22), the economy overall (-16), political leadership (-16), unemployment (-13) and trust in Government (-13).

Expectations of a Liberal/National Government

Feb 25, 2013

Q. If the Labor Party lost the next election, do you think the following would be better or worse under a Liberal/National Government led by Tony Abbott?

 

A lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little worse

A lot worse

Don’t use

NET (Better-Worse)

Political leadership

16%

19%

27%

10%

24%

4%

+1

Trust in Government

13%

19%

29%

12%

22%

4%

-2

Unemployment

7%

18%

39%

13%

19%

5%

-7

The economy overall

16%

22%

31%

12%

16%

4%

+10

The cost of living

6%

19%

36%

14%

21%

4%

-10

Interest rates

5%

13%

48%

14%

16%

5%

-12

Health services

6%

19%

36%

16%

20%

4%

-11

Job security

7%

17%

36%

14%

22%

4%

-12

Workers rights and conditions

5%

13%

37%

15%

25%

5%

-22

Company profits

13%

28%

37%

6%

10%

6%

+25

The environment

5%

13%

47%

11%

21%

4%

-14

Job creation

8%

20%

39%

13%

16%

4%

-1

Public services

6%

15%

42%

13%

20%

4%

-12

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

5%

13%

39%

16%

23%

5%

-21

Your personal financial situation

6%

16%

42%

15%

16%

4%

-9

Under a Liberal Government, respondents though that the economy overall (+10) and company profits (+25) would be better.

However they were more likely to think that workers rights and conditions (-22), benefits for people on Government support  (-21), the environment (-14), interest rates (-12), job security (-12), public services, health services (-11) and the cost of living (-10) would all be worse. 22% think their own financial situation will be better, 31% think it will be worse and 42% much the same.

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