Trust in information

Feb 25, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following for information on major public issues like immigration, climate change or the economy?

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

What I see on TV news and current affairs

5%

50%

30%

11%

3%

1%

What I hear on radio news and current affairs

5%

51%

30%

8%

3%

4%

What I hear on radio talkback

5%

35%

31%

17%

3%

9%

What I read in newspapers or online news sites

5%

51%

32%

8%

2%

2%

What politicians say

1%

12%

39%

43%

3%

2%

What I see online on blogs and social media

2%

20%

39%

22%

5%

11%

What I hear from friends and family

10%

53%

26%

6%

5%

1%

What I hear in my workplace

3%

37%

34%

10%

4%

11%

What I learn from my own research

35%

50%

6%

2%

2%

4%

 

 

Total

lot/some of trust

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

What I see on TV news and current affairs

55%

54%

59%

40%

What I hear on radio news and current affairs

56%

53%

61%

34%

What I hear on radio talkback

40%

34%

46%

26%

What I read in newspapers or online news sites

56%

59%

58%

48%

What politicians say

13%

21%

8%

14%

What I see online on blogs and social media

22%

23%

23%

24%

What I hear from friends and family

63%

58%

66%

63%

What I hear in my workplace

40%

39%

43%

42%

What I learn from my own research

85%

86%

86%

83%

85% have a lot or some trust in what they learn from their own research, 63% in what they hear from friends and family, 56% in newspapers and radio and 55% in TV news and current affairs. Only 13% have a lot or some trust in what they hear from politicians and 22% have a lot/some trust in blogs and social media.

Labor voters tend to have a little more trust in newspapers while Liberal/National voters have a little more trust in radio and TV news and current affairs. Liberal/National voters also have above-average trust in radio talkback.

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