Trust in professions

Jun 16, 2015

Q. In general, how much trust do you have in the following professions?

Total a lot /some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Doctors

81%

39%

42%

14%

2%

4%

Engineers

68%

23%

45%

20%

3%

10%

Accountants

49%

8%

41%

34%

9%

8%

Lawyers

34%

5%

29%

37%

21%

8%

Bankers

29%

2%

27%

41%

25%

6%

Journalists

27%

2%

25%

41%

26%

6%

Real estate agents

12%

1%

11%

38%

44%

7%

Politicians

11%

1%

10%

33%

49%

6%

From a list of eight professions, a majority of respondents had trust in doctors (81%) and engineers (68%). About half (49%) had trust in accountants – who were considered more trustworthy that lawyers (34%) or bankers (29%).

Politicians (11%) and real estate agents (12%) were the least trusted.

Trust in financial planners

Jul 15, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in financial planners to give you independent and appropriate advice?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Received financial advice

Total lot/some trust

37%

38%

41%

34%

25%

63%

Total little/no trust

49%

44%

50%

51%

67%

35%

A lot of trust

8%

6%

14%

1%

3%

19%

Some trust

29%

32%

27%

33%

22%

44%

Little trust

29%

24%

31%

38%

34%

24%

No trust at all

20%

20%

19%

13%

33%

11%

Don’t know

15%

18%

10%

15%

8%

2%

37% say they have a lot or some trust in financial planners to give independent and appropriate advice and 49% have little or no trust.

Of those who have received financial advice or used a planner, 63% have a lot/some trust and 35% have little/no trust in financial planners.

For those on higher incomes (over $1,600pw), 40% have a lot/some trust and 51% little/no trust.

Trust in use of personal information

Jul 1, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to responsibly use any personal information they may have about you?

 

Total trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Not applic-able

to me

% change

 

Total trust 24 Sep 13

The medical profession

67%

32%

35%

22%

8%

2%

*

-6

73%

Law enforcement agencies

54%

19%

35%

28%

14%

3%

1%

-2

56%

Your employer

44%

18%

26%

21%

9%

3%

22%

-2

46%

Banks

44%

11%

33%

31%

21%

3%

*

-1

45%

Companies you buy things from in person

38%

4%

34%

40%

16%

5%

*

-6

44%

The Government

31%

5%

26%

32%

31%

5%

1%

31%

Companies you buy things from online

30%

4%

26%

39%

25%

4%

2%

+3

27%

Insurance companies

27%

4%

23%

37%

31%

4%

1%

+1

26%

Mobile phone and internet providers

23%

3%

20%

41%

31%

4%

1%

-6

29%

TV networks

19%

2%

17%

38%

34%

6%

2%

-1

20%

Social media sites

12%

1%

11%

29%

50%

5%

3%

12%

The most trusted people/organisations to use personal information were the medical profession (67% trust), law enforcement agencies (54%), employers (44%) and banks (44%). The least trusted were social media sites (12%) and TV networks (19%).

Since this question was asked in September last year, the main changes have been declines of 6% for the medical profession, companies you buy things from in person and mobile phone and internet providers.

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 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%).

Party trust to handle important election issues

Jun 18, 2012

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Difference

18 Jun 12

Difference

5 Dec 11

Management of the economy

26%

44%

3%

27%

-18

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

33%

35%

5%

26%

-2

-2

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

30%

36%

7%

27%

-6

-3

Protecting the environment

17%

21%

38%

24%

+17

+14

A fair industrial relations system

36%

30%

6%

28%

+6

+4

Political leadership

21%

37%

7%

36%

-16

-17

Addressing climate change

18%

24%

31%

27%

+7

+6

Controlling interest rates

22%

40%

3%

35%

-18

-18

Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries

29%

35%

6%

31%

-6

-3

Ensuring a quality water supply

16%

28%

23%

33%

-12

-12

Housing affordability

22%

33%

5%

39%

-11

-10

Ensuring a fair taxation system

26%

36%

5%

32%

-10

-9

Security and the war on terrorism

18%

40%

4%

38%

-22

-19

Treatment of asylum seekers

16%

36%

13%

36%

-20

-19

Managing population growth

17%

36%

7%

40%

-19

-17

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

Labor does not have a substantial lead over the Liberal Party on any item measured. The Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, political leadership and security and the war on terrorism.

There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals for ensuring a quality education for all children, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health systerm and protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries. Overall, there has been very little change in these results since December.

Trust in Institutions

Feb 6, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have in the following national institutions:

A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Don’t know
The Australian Defence Force 41% 37% 13% 4% 5%
The Federal Police 27% 41% 21% 6% 5%
The Federal and High Courts 24% 36% 26% 9% 5%
Our intelligence agencies like ASIO 20% 39% 23% 9% 10%
The Reserve Bank 19% 37% 27% 12% 5%
The Family Court 15% 35% 28% 15% 7%
The Commonwealth Public Service 10% 39% 30% 15% 6%
Business and banking regulators 6% 27% 34% 27% 6%

Respondents were most likely to say they had a lot of trust in the Australian Defence Force (41%), Federal Police (27%) and Federal and High Courts (24%).

The least trusted institutions were business band banking regulators (61% little/no trust), the Commonwealth Public Service (45%) and the Family Court (43%).

Labor voters were more likely to have a lot or some trust in the Commonwealth Public Service (59%), the Federal and High Courts (66%) and the Family Court (56%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to have a lot or some trust in the Australian Defence Force (86%) and intelligence agencies like ASIO (66%). Comments »

Trust in organisations to handle personal information

Aug 1, 2011

Q. Thinking about your personal information that you sometimes have to give to organisations and companies, how much trust do you have in following organisations to handle your personal information appropriately?

A lot of trust Some trust Little trust No trust Don’t know
The medical profession 39% 40% 12% 7% 2%
Banks 19% 40% 27% 13% 2%
Governments 12% 38% 28% 20% 2%
Australian companies 6% 43% 35% 13% 2%
On-line companies 2% 25% 41% 29% 3%
Political parties 2% 20% 34% 40% 4%
Foreign companies 1% 18% 36% 41% 4%
The media 2% 14% 35% 47% 2%

Of the organisations measured, the medical profession is the most trusted to handle personal information (79% a lot/some trust). Banks (59%) are trusted more that Governments (50%) or Australian companies (49%).

The media are the least trusted with 82% saying they have little or no trust in them.

People aged under 35 tend to be more trustful with their personal information – especially with Governments (58% a lot/some trust), banks (69%) and on-line companies (35%).

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