22 November 2016 – Media Release: Aussies say yes to immigration, multiculturalism, marriage equality and coal reduction
Australians have a low level of trust in government and are increasingly politically disengaged, but our nation remains highly cohesive, shows the Scanlon Foundation report released today.
The 2016 Mapping Social Cohesion report is the annual study tracking Australian attitudes on issues including immigration, multiculturalism, discrimination, and political trust. It is the largest study of its kind with a collective sample of more than 35,000 people since 2007.
Report author, Professor Andrew Markus said while Australia is overall a stable and cohesive society, some indicators show a negative trend.
“There was an expectation that following the victory of the Coalition government in 2013, there would be a significant increase in trust. However, in 2016 only 29 per cent of respondents have a high level of trust in the government, which is19per cent lower than in 2009,” said Professor Markus.