Trust in Newspapers

Jul 25, 2011

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

A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know
The Australian 16% 53% 19% 8% 5%
The Telegraph (NSW only) 7% 45% 25% 21% 2%
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW only) 20% 54% 19% 6% 1%
The Age (Victoria only) 23% 56% 15% 3% 3%
Herald Sun (Victoria only) 7% 47% 32% 12% 2%
Courier Mail (Queensland only) 9% 56% 22% 12% 1%

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

Among those who have read each newspaper, 23% have a lot of trust in The Age and 20% have a lot of trust in the SMH. 16% of readers of The Australian have a lot of trust in the newspaper but only 7% have a lot of trust in The Telegraph and The Herald Sun.  46% have not much or no trust in The Telegraph and 44% have not much or no trust in The Herald Sun.

Liberal/National voters (21% and 57%) are more likely than Labor voters (17% and 50%) to have a lot or some trust in the Australian.