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%

 

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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.

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