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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