Trust in Institutions

Jun 12, 2012

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

 

Total

trust

26 Sep 11

Total

trust

12 Jun 12

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

The High Court

72%

60%

20%

40%

24%

9%

7%

-12

The ABC

46%

54%

15%

39%

31%

10%

6%

+8

Charitable organisations

61%

50%

8%

42%

35%

10%

5%

-9

The Reserve Bank

67%

49%

13%

36%

30%

14%

7%

-18

Environment groups

45%

32%

6%

26%

35%

25%

7%

-13

The Commonwealth Public Service

  49%*

30%

4%

26%

42%

18%

9%

-19

Religious organisations

29%

27%

5%

22%

30%

37%

6%

-2

Newspapers

na

26%

3%

23%

46%

23%

5%

na

Online news media

na

23%

2%

21%

45%

25%

6%

na

Federal Parliament

55%

22%

3%

19%

37%

36%

6%

-33

Trade unions

39%

22%

3%

19%

32%

37%

9%

-17

Business groups

38%

22%

2%

20%

46%

24%

8%

-16

TV news media

na

21%

3%

18%

43%

30%

5%

na

Political parties

na

12%

2%

10%

31%

52%

5%

na

Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’.

* This Commonwealth Public Service figure is from a question asked in 6 Feb 12.

 

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (60%), the ABC (54%), charitable organisations (50%) and the Reserve bank (49%). They had least trust in political parties (12%), TV news media (21%) Federal Parliament, trade unions and business groups (all 22%).

Trust in all institutions (except the ABC) declined since this question was asked last year. The major changes were a collapse in trust in Federal Parliament (-33%) and substantial declines in trust in the Commonwealth Public Service (-19%), the Reserve Bank (-18%), trade unions (-17%) and business groups (-16%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in political parties (19%), Federal Parliament (34%), the High Court (67%),  the Reserve Bank (57%), the Commonwealth Public Service (42%), trade unions (36%) and  environment groups (43%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had more trust in religious organisations (33%) and business groups (27%) but less trust in Federal parliament (17%), the ABC (46%), trade unions (14%) and environment groups (21%).

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