42 %

42% of respondents believed ‘a few’ federal politicians were involved in corruption.

The Federal Government has low standing among most Australians, but individual politicians are not considered to be overly corrupt. One in three Australians see the Government as being corrupt, but very few could point to elected officials as examples of politicians participating in corrupt activities, with 15% seeing ‘almost none’, and 42% only considering ‘a few’ as corrupt. This perception matches general global democratic trends, but is complicated by views on whether the Government is genuinely interested in taking care of citizen’s interests. An overwhelming 62% see elected officials as looking after themselves sometimes (22%) or usually (41%), while only 21% said they could be trusted to do the right thing nearly all of the time.