Trust in institutions

Mar 18, 2013

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

 

Total
trust
26
Sep
11

Total
trust
12
Jun
12

Total trust
22
Oct
12

Total trust
18
Mar
13

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

The High Court

72%

60%

63%

74%

34%

40%

13%

6%

8%

+11

The ABC

46%

54%

59%

70%

22%

48%

17%

6%

7%

+11

The Reserve Bank

67%

49%

53%

64%

21%

43%

21%

8%

7%

+11

Charitable organisations

61%

50%

53%

52%

9%

43%

33%

9%

6%

-1

Environment groups

45%

32%

36%

41%

6%

35%

33%

20%

7%

+5

The Commonwealth Public Service

  49%*

30%

33%

36%

4%

32%

37%

17%

9%

+3

Federal Parliament

55%

22%

26%

34%

4%

30%

31%

29%

6%

+8

Your local council

na

na

32%

34%

3%

31%

39%

22%

6%

+2

TV news media

na

21%

26%

30%

4%

26%

46%

20%

4%

+4

State Parliament

na

na

25%

30%

4%

26%

32%

31%

6%

+5

Newspapers

na

26%

31%

30%

3%

27%

43%

22%

5%

-1

Religious organisations

29%

27%

31%

27%

5%

22%

29%

37%

7%

-4

Online news media

na

23%

28%

27%

3%

24%

48%

20%

6%

-1

Business groups

38%

22%

25%

26%

3%

23%

42%

23%

9%

+1

Trade unions

39%

22%

23%

25%

4%

21%

31%

36%

7%

+2

Political parties

na

12%

16%

12%

1%

11%

36%

45%

6%

-4

 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.

Since this question was last asked in October, there has been a significant increase in trust in the High Court (+11%), the ABC (+11%), the Reserve Bank (+11%) and the Federal Parliament (+8). Trust in the High Court and Reserve Bank is back to similar levels to that recorded in 2011.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (74%), the ABC (70%), the Reserve Bank (64%) and charitable organisations (52%). They had least trust in political parties (12%), trade unions (25%), business groups (26%), online news media (27%) and religious organisations (27%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (77%), environment groups (50%), the Commonwealth Public Service (44%), local councils (42%), Federal Parliament (43%) and trade unions (41%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in religious organisations (31%) and TV news media (35%).

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.

Trust in organisations and institutions

Oct 22, 2012

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

 

Total

trust

26 Sep 11

Total

trust

12 Jun 12

Total trust

22 Oct 12

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

The High Court

72%

60%

63%

26%

37%

21%

10%

6%

+3

The ABC

46%

54%

59%

20%

39%

26%

8%

6%

+5

The Reserve Bank

67%

49%

53%

16%

37%

28%

12%

8%

+4

Charitable organisations

61%

50%

53%

9%

44%

33%

10%

5%

+3

Environment groups

45%

32%

36%

8%

28%

35%

24%

6%

+4

The Commonwealth Public Service

  49%*

30%

33%

6%

27%

41%

16%

10%

+3

Your local council

na

na

32%

4%

28%

39%

22%

6%

na

Religious organisations

29%

27%

31%

7%

24%

28%

35%

6%

+4

Newspapers

na

26%

31%

4%

27%

45%

20%

4%

+5

Online news media

na

23%

28%

4%

24%

45%

20%

6%

+5

TV news media

na

21%

26%

5%

21%

44%

26%

4%

+5

Federal Parliament

55%

22%

26%

4%

22%

37%

32%

5%

+4

State Parliament

na

na

25%

4%

21%

37%

33%

5%

na

Business groups

38%

22%

25%

3%

22%

45%

21%

9%

+3

Trade unions

39%

22%

23%

5%

18%

32%

36%

9%

+1

Political parties

na

12%

16%

2%

14%

36%

42%

6%

+4

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.

Overall, there have been small increases in trust across all organisations since this question was last asked in June. However, there has been no significant change in the rankings.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (63%), the ABC (59%), charitable organisations (53%) and the Reserve Bank (53%). They had least trust in political parties (16%), trade unions (23%), business groups (25%) State Parliaments (25%), Federal Parliament (26%) and TV news media (26%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in Federal Parliament (40%), the High Court (67%), the ABC (68%), the Reserve Bank (61%), the Commonwealth Public Service (42%), trade unions (41%), environment groups (48%) and local councils (39%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had more trust in religious organisations (37%) and business groups (32%) but less trust in Federal Parliament (21%), Commonwealth Public Service (28%), trade unions (14%) and environment groups (27%).

What next for public broadcasters in the digital age?

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TRENDS: with Peter Lewis

Jul 9, 2012

An overabundance of free online content means we value it less than ever before, polling shows.



The ructions within newspaper empires Fairfax and News Limited centre on our move to online media. But while the opinion makers have written acres on the subject, it seems the general public is less concerned. Essential Media polling shows that only 25 per cent of us are concerned about the potential death of newspapers.

And our online reading habits show why. Sixty per cent of the population do not take in any daily news. Peter Lewis and the 3Q panel discuss this celebration of ignorance and its future implications.

Read more on the polling here.

Reading Newspapers

Jul 2, 2012

Q. How often do you read newspapers (in print, not online)?

 

Total

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Visit news websites daily

Visit news websites a few times a week

Visit news websites about once a week

Visit news websites less often

Never visit news websites

Daily

24%

15%

25%

34%

34%

20%

19%

14%

19%

A few times a week

23%

24%

25%

18%

22%

31%

14%

24%

14%

About once a week

22%

20%

22%

24%

19%

28%

37%

15%

14%

Less often

22%

30%

19%

16%

19%

15%

24%

39%

17%

Never

9%

11%

9%

8%

6%

6%

6%

7%

35%

24% said they read newspapers daily and 69% read at least once a week.

Older respondents read newspapers more frequently – 34% of those aged 55+ read daily. 28% of those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw) read daily compared to 18% of those earning under $600 pw.

Those who visit news websites frequently also read newspapers more frequently – 34% of those visiting news websites daily also read newspapers daily.

Visiting News Websites

Jul 2, 2012

Q. And how often do you visit news websites?

 

Total

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Read news
papers daily

Read news
papers a few times a week

Read news
papers about once a week

Read news
papers less often

Never read news
papers

Daily

39%

39%

39%

38%

54%

38%

34%

33%

26%

A few times a week

23%

25%

25%

18%

19%

31%

29%

16%

15%

About once a week

11%

10%

10%

12%

8%

6%

18%

12%

7%

Less often

18%

18%

17%

20%

11%

19%

13%

32%

15%

Never

10%

8%

9%

12%

8%

6%

6%

8%

37%

39% said they visited news websites daily and 73% visit at least once a week.

Visiting news websites was similar across age groups but a little higher for those on higher incomes – 44% of those earning $1,600+ pw compared to 33% of those earning under $600 pw.

Those who read newspapers frequently also visit news websites more frequently – 54% of those reading newspapers daily also visit news websites daily.

Note that as this is an online survey, all respondents have access to the Internet.

Trust in Newspapers

Jun 25, 2012

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

Total a lot/some

25 Jul 11

Total a lot/some

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

The Australian

69%

60%

15%

45%

23%

12%

6%

The Telegraph (NSW only)

52%

49%

10%

39%

30%

19%

3%

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW only)

74%

69%

19%

50%

22%

6%

4%

The Age (Victoria only)

79%

76%

20%

56%

18%

5%

1%

Herald Sun (Victoria only)

54%

51%

8%

43%

32%

15%

1%

Courier Mail (Queensland only)

65%

51%

6%

45%

28%

13%

7%

* Note : Percentages based only on respondents who had read each newspaper.

Among those who have read the newspaper, 20% have a lot of trust in The Age and 19% have a lot of trust in the SMH. 15% of readers of The Australian have a lot of trust in the newspaper but only 10% have a lot of trust in The Telegraph and 8% in The Herald Sun.  49% have not much or no trust in The Telegraph and 47% have not much or no trust in The Herald Sun.

Overall, the most trusted newspapers were The Age (76% a lot/some trust) and the SMH (69%). The least trusted were The Telegraph (49% a lot/some trust), the HeraldSun (51%) and the Courier Mail (51%).

Since this question was asked last year, there have been significant declines in trust in the Courier Mail (down 14%) and The Australian (down 9%).

Liberal/National voters (70%) were more likely than Labor voters (48%) to have a lot or some trust in The Australian.

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