Essential Report

Trust in institutions

Oct 12, 2021

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

TOTAL: Trust Oct’21 Change since Mar’21 Mar’21   Aug’20
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68%   n/a   n/a
State & federal health authorities 64% -4% 70%   69%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% -3% 64%   64%
Universities 59%   n/a   n/a
State or territory government 55% -11% 66%   60%
The Commonwealth public service 52% -5% 57%   56%
Federal government 48% -6% 54%   55%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68% 25% 30% 38% 18% 7% 7%
State & federal health authorities 64% 31% 21% 43% 21% 11% 5%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% 35% 18% 43% 23% 12% 4%
Universities 59% 34% 19% 41% 26% 9% 7%
State or territory government 55% 41% 16% 39% 25% 16% 4%
The Commonwealth public service 52% 41% 12% 40% 29% 12% 7%
Federal government 48% 47% 13% 35% 29% 18% 5%
  • Trust in the state/territory government and federal government has decreased since Mar’21. Trust in state/territory government has dropped from 66% to 55%, and trust in the federal government from 54% to 48%.
  • People have the most trust in scientific bodies (68%) and health authorities (64%).

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