Trust in institutions

Mar 16, 2021

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.

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

Mar 2, 2021

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.

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

Mar 2, 2021

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).

Trust in institutions

Aug 11, 2020

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.

Trust in Institutions

Apr 21, 2020

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.

Trust in Institutions

Jun 16, 2015

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 Jan 15

Federal police

68%

27%

41%

19%

7%

6%

na

State police

66%

27%

39%

22%

6%

6%

na

The High Court

61%

23%

38%

23%

9%

7%

+8

60%

74%

57%

53%

The ABC

56%

18%

38%

23%

12%

9%

+3

54%

70%

54%

53%

The Reserve Bank

56%

16%

40%

25%

10%

9%

+7

49%

64%

52%

49%

Charitable organisations

46%

9%

37%

36%

10%

7%

+2

50%

52%

45%

44%

Environment groups

40%

9%

31%

35%

17%

8%

+7

32%

41%

31%

33%

Your local council

39%

6%

33%

34%

21%

6%

+7

na

34%

33%

32%

The Commonwealth Public Service

35%

5%

30%

39%

13%

12%

+3

30%

36%

31%

32%

State Parliament

32%

5%

27%

32%

28%

7%

+8

na

30%

24%

24%

Federal Parliament

31%

6%

25%

33%

30%

7%

+6

22%

34%

25%

25%

Business groups

28%

2%

26%

42%

19%

10%

+5

22%

26%

22%

23%

Trade unions

26%

3%

23%

32%

32%

11%

+3

22%

25%

22%

23%

Religious organisations

25%

6%

19%

27%

40%

8%

+3

27%

27%

26%

22%

Political parties

16%

1%

15%

37%

40%

7%

+2

12%

12%

13%

14%

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

Trust in Institutions

Jan 20, 2015

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

The ABC

53%

20%

33%

28%

12%

8%

-1

54%

70%

54%

The High Court

53%

17%

36%

27%

12%

8%

-4

60%

74%

57%

The Reserve Bank

49%

14%

35%

30%

12%

9%

-3

49%

64%

52%

Charitable organisations

44%

7%

37%

36%

13%

7%

-1

50%

52%

45%

Environment groups

33%

5%

28%

39%

20%

8%

+2

32%

41%

31%

Your local council

32%

4%

28%

41%

21%

6%

-1

na

34%

33%

The Commonwealth Public Service

32%

4%

28%

39%

17%

11%

+1

30%

36%

31%

Newspapers

30%

3%

27%

43%

20%

6%

26%

30%

30%

Online news media

27%

3%

24%

43%

22%

8%

+2

23%

27%

25%

Federal Parliament

25%

3%

22%

36%

32%

7%

22%

34%

25%

TV news media

25%

2%

23%

44%

24%

6%

-7

21%

30%

32%

State Parliament

24%

3%

21%

37%

32%

7%

na

30%

24%

Trade unions

23%

4%

19%

34%

35%

9%

+1

22%

25%

22%

Business groups

23%

2%

21%

43%

23%

10%

+1

22%

26%

22%

Religious organisations

22%

4%

18%

30%

40%

7%

-4

27%

27%

26%

Political parties

14%

1%

13%

35%

45%

6%

+1

12%

12%

13%

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

There have been few significant changes since this question was asked in July last year.

Respondents had most trust in the ABC (53%), the High Court (53%), the Reserve Bank (49%) and charitable organisations (44%). They had least trust in political parties (14%) and religious organisations (22%).

The main changes since the last poll were for TV news media (down 7% to 25%) and religious organisations (down 4% to 22%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (61%), environment groups (42%) and trade unions (33%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in the Reserve Bank (59%), religious organisations (29%), newspapers (38%), TV news (33%), Federal Parliament (39%), State Parliament (35%) and business groups (33%).

Trust in Institutions

Jul 1, 2014

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

12 Jun 12

Total trust

18 Mar 13

The High Court

57%

20%

37%

27%

12%

4%

-17

60%

74%

The ABC

54%

18%

36%

29%

13%

5%

-16

54%

70%

The Reserve Bank

52%

17%

35%

30%

13%

5%

-12

49%

64%

Charitable organisations

45%

6%

39%

36%

14%

4%

-7

50%

52%

Your local council

33%

5%

28%

38%

24%

4%

-1

na

34%

TV news media

32%

2%

26%

47%

23%

3%

+2

21%

30%

Environment groups

31%

5%

26%

38%

25%

5%

-10

32%

41%

The Commonwealth Public Service

31%

5%

26%

40%

19%

10%

-5

30%

36%

Newspapers

30%

3%

27%

46%

21%

3%

26%

30%

Religious organisations

26%

5%

21%

28%

41%

4%

-1

27%

27%

Federal Parliament

25%

4%

21%

33%

39%

3%

-9

22%

34%

Online news media

25%

2%

23%

49%

21%

4%

-2

23%

27%

State Parliament

24%

3%

21%

35%

37%

4%

-6

na

30%

Trade unions

22%

4%

18%

33%

39%

7%

-3

22%

25%

Business groups

22%

1%

21%

44%

27%

6%

-4

22%

26%

Political parties

13%

2%

11%

33%

50%

3%

+1

12%

12%

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

Since this question was last asked in March last year, there has been a significant decline in trust in the High Court (-17%), the ABC (-16%), the Reserve Bank (-12%), environment groups (-10) and the Federal Parliament (-9). Trust in the High Court, ABC and Reserve Bank is back to similar levels to that recorded in 2012.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (57%), the ABC (54%), the Reserve Bank (52%) and charitable organisations (45%). They had least trust in political parties (13%), trade unions (22%) and business groups (22%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (62%), environment groups (41%) and trade unions (34%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in the Reserve Bank (62%), Federal Parliament (43%), State Parliament (36%) and business groups (32%).

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