Trust in media

Mar 14, 2017

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

  Total a lot /some

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  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know Don’t use   Total a lot /someNov 14 Total a lot /some

Jun 15

Total a lot /some

Feb 16

ABC TV news and current affairs 59%   17% 42% 17% 10% 4% 11%   69% 63% 66%
SBS TV news and current affairs 59%   15% 44% 17% 8% 4% 14%   66% 61% 63%
ABC radio news and current affairs 56%   15% 41% 17% 9% 3% 15%   62% 58% 62%
ABC radio talkback programs 45%   9% 36% 22% 12% 5% 18%   48% 46% 49%
News and opinion in local newspapers 45%   3% 42% 31% 12% 4% 9%   53% 50% 49%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 42%   4% 38% 31% 14% 5% 9%   50% 45% 49%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 42%   5% 37% 31% 17% 4% 5%   48% 46% 48%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 40%   4% 36% 30% 15% 4% 10%   45% 44% 46%
News and opinion websites 36%   4% 32% 34% 15% 4% 11%   42% 39% 44%
Commercial radio talkback programs 34%   4% 30% 26% 20% 4% 15%   33% 34% 34%
Internet blogs 19%   3% 16% 34% 27% 5% 16%   22% 20% 23%

Overall, trust in media has declined since this question was asked last year – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (59% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (59%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (56%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (19%) and commercial radio talkback programs (34%).

 

The main changes since February last year have been for news and opinion websites (down 8%), ABC TV news and current affairs (down 7%) and news and opinion in daily newspapers (down 7%).