Trust in institutions

Mar 13, 2019

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

  NET: Total Trust A lot of trust Some trust A little trust No trust Unsure Sep 2018 Oct 2017 Sep 2016
Federal police 66% 28% 37% 21% 9% 4% 70% 71% 63%
State police 66% 28% 38% 20% 10% 4% 67% 67% 63%
The High Court 58% 23% 35% 23% 13% 6% 61% 61% 57%
The ABC 51% 19% 32% 27% 14% 8% 54% 52% 53%
Charitable organisations 50% 13% 37% 30% 14% 6% 47% 46% 43%
The Reserve Bank 49% 18% 31% 26% 17% 9% 50% 49% 47%
Your local council 43% 10% 33% 33% 18% 6% 42% 38% 36%
Environment groups 43% 14% 29% 28% 21% 7% 42% 42% 39%
The Commonwealth public service 42% 10% 32% 35% 14% 9% 39% 38% 36%
State Parliament 36% 9% 27% 31% 27% 6% 31% 31% 26%
Federal Parliament 35% 10% 25% 29% 29% 8% 28% 30% 26%
Business groups 31% 5% 26% 37% 23% 9% 29% 28% 27%
Trade unions 31% 7% 23% 26% 33% 10% 25% 25% 25%
Religious organisations 27% 7% 20% 24% 42% 7% 28% 26% 26%
Political parties 22% 4% 17% 34% 37% 7% 15% 18% 14%

Trust is highest for the Federal and State police (66%), the High Court (58%). More than half of Australians have trust in the ABC (51%) and half trust charitable organisations (50%).

Trust is lowest for political parties (22%) and religious organisations (27%), Trade Unions (31%) and Business groups (31%).