92% of Australians trust statistics from the ABS
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is trusted by 92 percent of Australians, a report released during World Statistics Day has revealed.
The ABS undertook the study to measure the publics’ trust of the statistics that the agency provides to provide a comparison with national and international benchmarks on trust in official statistics. In the study 92 percent of those surveyed were found to trust or greatly trust the ABS.
Mr Brian Pink, the Australian Statistician was extremely pleased with the results.
“The report shows that the majority of Australians believe the ABS to be a valid and reliable organisation and that the community understand the importance in what the ABS does for Australia.” Mr Pink said.
The survey, which was conducted in May and June this year, not only measured Australia’s trust in the ABS, but knowledge in what the ABS does and how the ABS compares to other organisations.
2,242 members of the general public and 137 academics, members of the media and economists around Australia participated in the survey. Results found that participants surveyed were most familiar with Census Australia.
The release of the Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey coincides with the first World Statistics Day.
World Statistics Day celebrates the service provided by national and international statistical organisations, and hopes to help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics.