Trust in media

Oct 9, 2018

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

  Total a lot /some

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know Don’t use % change   Total a lot /some

Oct 17

ABC TV news and current affairs 62%   19% 43% 14% 9% 5% 10% -1   63%
SBS TV news and current affairs 61%   18% 43% 14% 6% 5% 15%   61%
ABC radio news and current affairs 57%   17% 40% 17% 8% 4% 14% -1   58%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 48%   8% 40% 29% 12% 5% 7% +3   45%
News and opinion in local newspapers 47%   6% 41% 27% 9% 4% 13% +3   44%
ABC radio talkback programs 44%   8% 36% 22% 10% 5% 20%   44%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 44%   6% 38% 28% 10% 5% 12% +2   42%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 44%   5% 39% 28% 11% 5% 13% +3   41%
News and opinion websites 39%   4% 35% 32% 11% 5% 13% -1   40%
Commercial radio talkback programs 35%   4% 31% 29% 14% 5% 18%   35%
Internet blogs 17%   2% 15% 34% 22% 6% 20% -3   20%

Overall, there has been little change in trust in media since this question was asked 12 months ago.

 

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (62% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (61%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (57%).

 

The least trusted were internet blogs (17%) and commercial radio talkback programs (35%).

Trust in news sources

Oct 9, 2018

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read in the following newspapers and news websites?

  Total a lot /some

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know
ABC news websites 69%   21% 48% 16% 9% 6%
The Australian 59%   12% 47% 22% 11% 9%
The Guardian Australia website 55%   10% 45% 23% 11% 12%
News.com.au 55%   10% 45% 27% 12% 7%
Sydney Morning Herald 54%   13% 41% 25% 11% 10%
The Age 53%   9% 44% 24% 13% 11%
Nine.com.au 53%   8% 45% 27% 13% 6%
The Telegraph 49%   10% 39% 26% 14% 11%
Herald Sun 46%   8% 38% 27% 15% 11%
Yahoo 7 News website 45%   6% 39% 29% 16% 9%
Courier Mail 44%   6% 38% 30% 15% 13%
Daily Mail website 39%   6% 33% 31% 21% 10%

* Note : Percentages based only on respondents who had read/used each newspaper/website

Overall, among those who have read or used them, the most trusted news sources were the ABC news websites (69%), The Australian (59%), The Guardian Australia (55%) and news.com.au (55%).

The least trusted were The Daily Mail (39%) and The Courier Mail (44%).

Government influence over ABC

Oct 9, 2018

Q. Thinking about recent events concerning the ABC CEO and board, do you think that the Government has too much or not enough influence over the ABC?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Government has too much influence 36%   54% 19% 47% 40%
Government has not enough influence 16%   7% 24% 16% 22%
Level of Government influence about right 17%   13% 29% 13% 12%
Don’t know 31%   26% 28% 25% 27%

36% think that the Government has too much influence over the ABC and 16% think they have not enough influence. 17% think they have about the right level of influence.

 

54% of Labor voters and 47% of Greens voters think the Government has too much influence compared to only 19% of LNP voters.

Independence of ABC

Oct 9, 2018

Q. Overall, do you think the news reporting and comment on the ABC is independent and unbiased?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Yes 40%   50% 40% 52% 28%
No 34%   24% 43% 23% 50%
Don’t know 26%   25% 17% 25% 22%

40% think that the news reporting and comment on the ABC is independent and unbiased and 34% think it isn’t.

 

Those most likely to think the ABC is not independent and unbiased were LNP voters (43%), other party voters (50%) and aged 55+ (40%).

Asylum seekers

Oct 9, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose the following actions regarding the refugees being held on Nauru?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Close the detention centre on Nauru and transfer all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia 37% 42%   14% 23% 17% 25% 22%
Transfer the families and children from Nauru to Australia 40% 39%   15% 25% 17% 22% 21%
Keep all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely 35% 43%   15% 20% 22% 21% 23%

 

 

  Total support   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Close the detention centre on Nauru and transfer all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia 37%   51% 32% 68% 18%
Transfer the families and children from Nauru to Australia 40%   53% 36% 65% 21%
Keep all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely 35%   26% 42% 17% 58%

 

37% support and 42% oppose closing the detention centre on Nauru and transferring all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia. Those most likely to support were aged under 34 (48%), university educated (48%), Labor voters (51%) and Greens voters (68%).

40% support and 39% oppose transferring the families and children from Nauru to Australia. Those most likely to support were aged under 34 (51%), university educated (52%), Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (65%).

35% support and 43% oppose keeping all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely. Those most likely to support were other party voters (58%).

Federal voting intention

Sep 25, 2018

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward? If don’t know – Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   2 weeks ago

11/9/18

4 weeks ago 28/8/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   32% 32%    
National 3%   3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   36% 35%   42.0%
Labor 36%   37% 39%   34.7%
Greens 12%   10% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 1%   2% 2%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 5%   8% 7%    
Other/Independent 9%   7% 7%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 47%   46% 45%   50.4%
Labor 53%   54% 55%   49.6%

 

  1. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2016 election.

Trust in Institutions

Sep 25, 2018

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 Oct 15 Total trust Sep 16 Total trust Oct 17
Federal police 70% 31% 39% 18% 7% 5% -1 67% 63% 71%
State police 67% 30% 37% 22% 8% 3% 68% 63% 67%
The High Court 61%   24% 37% 22% 11% 6%   60% 57% 61%
The ABC 54%   16% 38% 26% 12% 8% +2   55% 53% 52%
The Reserve Bank 50%   15% 35% 28% 125% 8% +1   51% 47% 49%
Charitable organisations 47%   12% 35% 36% 12% 4% +1   49% 43% 46%
Environment groups 42%   10% 32% 33% 18% 6%   42% 39% 42%
Your local council 42%   9% 33% 37% 18% 4% +4   40% 36% 38%
The Commonwealth Public Service 39%   7% 32% 36% 16% 9% +1   38% 36% 38%
State Parliament 31%   7% 24% 33% 31% 6%   32% 26% 31%
Business groups 29%   3% 26% 43% 19% 9% +1   30% 27% 28%
Federal Parliament 28%   6% 22% 32% 35% 6% -2   32% 26% 30%
Religious organisations 28%   6% 22% 26% 39% 7% +2   30% 26% 26%
Trade unions 25%   5% 20% 35% 31% 9%   27% 25% 25%
Political parties 15% 2% 13% 35% 44% 6% -3 16% 14% 18%

 

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 October, 2017.

 

Respondents had most trust in the Federal police (70%), State police (67%), the High Court (61%), the ABC (54%) and the Reserve Bank (50%). They had least trust in political parties (15%), trade unions (25%), religious organisations (28%), Federal Parliament (28%) and business groups (29%).

 

The main change since the last poll were for local council (up 4%) and political parties (down 3%).

Quotas for women

Sep 25, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose the Liberal Party adopting quotas to increase number of Liberal women in the parliament?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total support 61%   63% 68% 68% 50%
Total oppose 21%   18% 27% 14% 35%
Strongly support 19%   17% 21% 32% 18%
Support 42%   46% 47% 36% 32%
Oppose 14%   12% 16% 13% 23%
Strongly oppose 7%   6% 11% 1% 12%
Don’t know 18%   19% 5% 18% 15%

 

61% support the Liberal Party adopting quotas to increase number of Liberal women in the parliament and 21% oppose.

68% of Liberal National voters support quotas for women and 27% oppose.

56% of men support quotas for women compared to 65% of women.

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