Trust in Institutions

Oct 4, 2017

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

  Total

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  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 Jan 17
Federal police 71%   27% 44% 19% 7% 3% +2   67% 63% 69%
State police 67%   24% 43% 21% 9% 2%   68% 63% 67%
The High Court 61%   22% 39% 25% 10% 4% -1   60% 57% 62%
The ABC 52%   17% 35% 29% 12% 7% -1   55% 53% 53%
The Reserve Bank 49%   13% 36% 32% 13% 7% -2   51% 47% 51%
Charitable organisations 46%   8% 38% 38% 12% 4% +1   49% 43% 45%
Environment groups 42%   9% 33% 35% 19% 5% +3   42% 39% 39%
Your local council 38%   7% 31% 38% 21% 4%   40% 36% 38%
The Commonwealth Public Service 38%   6% 32% 38% 16% 9% +2   38% 36% 36%
State Parliament 31%   4% 27% 35% 29% 4%   32% 26% 31%
Federal Parliament 30%   5% 25% 35% 32% 4%   32% 26% 30%
Business groups 28%   4% 24% 46% 20% 6% +1   30% 27% 27%
Religious organisations 26%   6% 20% 31% 39% 4% -2   30% 26% 28%
Trade unions 25%   4% 21% 34% 33% 7% -2   27% 25% 27%
Political parties 18%   3% 15% 34% 45% 3% +1   16% 14% 17%

 

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

 

Overall, trust in institutions j=has changed little since this question was asked in January.

Respondents had most trust in the Federal police (71%), State police (67%), the High Court (61%), the ABC (52%) and the Reserve Bank (49%). They had least trust in political parties (17%), business groups (27%), trade unions (27%) and religious organisations (28%).

The main change since the last poll were for environment groups (up 3%).