Only 13% of Aussies Trust Political Parties

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By Vittorio Hernandez | July 3, 2014 9:24 AM EST

Similar to the situation in many countries, political parties and politicians are the least liked institutions in Australia. Only 13 per cent of Aussies trust the political parties, while the most trusted institution is the High Court,


Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) talks to a guest during a lunch meeting in Shanghai April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Actually, the 13 per cent response of 1,835 survey respondents in the poll made by Essential is a 1 per cent improvement for political parties compared to its previous survey in March 2013. It was the only growth, while other institutions logged declines, but they still enjoyed higher public trust compared to political parties.

The High Court, despite losing 1 per cent trust rating, still emerged as the most trusted institution in Australia with a 74 per cent support.

After the High Court came the ABC with 54 per cent, down 16 per cent; the Reserve Bank at 52 per cent, down 12 per cent; environmental groups at 31 per cent, down 10 per cent; religious organisations at 26 per cent, down 1 per cent; federal parliament at 25 per cent, down 9 per cent; business groups at 22 per cent, down 9 per cent; and unions at 22 per cent, down 3 per cent.

The report also asked the question which party would they vote if there is an election today, and the Liberals and National parties got 40 per cent support, still the highest but down from 45.6 per cent after the September 2013 federal election, while Labor's support rose to 38 per cent from 33.4 per cent. The Greens showed a slight improvement to 8 per cent from 8.6 per cent as well as the Palmer United Party at 6 per cent from 5.5 per cent.

The data indicated that with its gain of 4.6 per cent, Labor is regaining the trust of Australians slightly slower than the 5.6 per cent loss of trust by the Coalition.

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Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) talks to a guest during a lunch meeting in Shanghai April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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