Trust in Institutions

Oct 20, 2015

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

Total trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

Total

trust Jun 12

Total

trust Mar 13

Total trust Jul 14

Total

trust Jun 15

State police

68%

26%

42%

21%

6%

5%

+2

66%

Federal police

67%

26%

41%

20%

6%

6%

-1

68%

The High Court

60%

24%

36%

24%

9%

7%

-1

60%

74%

57%

61%

The ABC

55%

16%

39%

26%

11%

7%

-1

54%

70%

54%

56%

The Reserve Bank

51%

17%

34%

30%

10%

8%

-5

49%

64%

52%

56%

Charitable organisations

49%

8%

41%

37%

10%

5%

+3

50%

52%

45%

46%

Environment groups

42%

9%

33%

33%

18%

7%

+2

32%

41%

31%

40%

Your local council

40%

5%

35%

36%

19%

6%

+1

34%

33%

39%

The Commonwealth Public Service

38%

6%

32%

38%

14%

10%

+3

30%

36%

31%

35%

State Parliament

32%

5%

27%

36%

24%

7%

30%

24%

32%

Federal Parliament

32%

5%

27%

35%

27%

6%

+1

22%

34%

25%

31%

Religious organisations

30%

7%

23%

30%

33%

7%

+5

27%

27%

26%

25%

Business groups

30%

3%

27%

39%

20%

11%

+2

22%

26%

22%

28%

Trade unions

27%

5%

22%

33%

31%

9%

+1

22%

25%

22%

26%

Political parties

19%

3%

16%

36%

39%

7%

+3

12%

12%

13%

16%

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

Overall trust in institutions has changed little since this question was asked in June.

Respondents had most trust in the State police (68%), Federal police (67%), the High Court (60%), the ABC (55%) and the Reserve Bank (51%). They had least trust in political parties (19%), trade unions (27%), business groups (30%) and religious organisations (30%).

The main changes since the last poll were for the Reserve Bank (down 5% to 51%) and religious organisations (up 5% to 30%). Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (64%) and trade unions (39%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in the High Court (67%), the Reserve Bank (62%), religious organisations (39%), Federal Parliament (42%), State Parliament (39%), business groups (40%), State police (77%) and Federal police (75%).

 

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