Essential Report

Trust in information about asylum seekers

Feb 23, 2016

How much trust do you have in the following for information about asylum seekers?

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know
Politicians 2% 15% 31% 42% 10%
Government officials 3% 20% 38% 30% 10%
The media 2% 19% 37% 33% 9%
Churches 8% 27% 30% 23% 11%
Doctors 22% 43% 17% 7% 11%
Human rights campaigners 12% 30% 26% 21% 11%
Welfare agencies 9% 37% 26% 16% 11%
International organisations 8% 33% 30% 17% 12%

For information about asylum seekers the most trusted sources were doctors (65% a lot/some trust), welfare agencies (46%), human rights campaigners (42%) and international organisations (41%).

Only 17% trust politicians and 21% trust the media.

Politicians are trusted by 28% of Liberal/National voters and 13% of Labor voters. Government officials are trusted by 36% of Liberal/National voters and 19% of Labor voters. Human are trusted by 35% of Liberal/National voters, 49% of Labor voters and 77% of Greens voters.

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