5 Apr 2016

Politicians, media least trusted - study

11:25 am on 5 April 2016

A new study has found low levels of trust by New Zealanders for politicians and the media.

The study was commissioned by Victoria University's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and conducted by research firm Colmar Brunton.

Institute director associate professor Michael Macaulay said the survey covered 1000 people and gauged their trust for several key groups.

He says 56 percent of people had complete trust for the medical profession.

Police were at 53 percent and schools and colleges 36 percent. Judges and courts had 34 percent trust rating.

Politicians generally had 8 percent trust but government ministers edged upwards to 9 percent.

Print and broadcast media also had 9 percent trust but bloggers were trusted by only 5 percent.