The PM Glynn Survey asks about people’s sense of hope in the future, their levels of trust in institutions and people around them, and their sense of belonging to the community and a broader life in common. It examines how these underlying attitudes influence attitudes to a range of important questions for public policy and democratic life in Australia.
In June 2022 the PM Glynn Institute commissioned its second survey on hope, trust and belonging. Apart from new questions on the impact of COVID-19 and Human Flourishing, the 2022 survey questions substantially overlapped with those of the Institute’s first survey, conducted in 2018, allowing for changes in attitudes to be noted. The 2018 and 2022 surveys were commissioned by the PM Glynn Institute to an independent research company, SMR Global Pty Ltd, and its affiliate Action Market Research Pty Ltd. The sample for both surveys was 3,000 people, randomly selected and nationally representative on age, gender and location.
The 2022 survey focussed on seven key topics:
The impact of COVID-19
Applying the 10 point scale of the Harvard Flourishing Measure, the survey showed:
The values of caring and equality were seen by respondents as the values that carried Australians through the pandemic. Among the value sets rated as extremely or very important by the highest percentages were:
Aspirations and current circumstances
The direction in which Australia is heading
A series of short papers on the on some of the key findings from the 2018 survey was published in June 2020.
Human rights: an uncertain commitment [PDF, 824KB]
Trading off human rights [PDF, 906KB]
Trust and confidence in institutions: Australia's system of democracy [PDF, 793KB]
Trust and confidence in institutions: Police, justice and courts systems [PDF, 684KB]
Three papers were published in October 2021 to discuss some select findings from the first wave of the PM Glynn Survey on Hope, Trust and Belonging.
Key Findings from the 2018 Baseline Survey sets out a selection of findings from the initial survey data, which serves as the baseline for tracking changes in what Australians think about a range of important issues. The next PM Glynn Survey will be conducted in early 2022
Download Key Findings from the 2018 Baseline Survey (PDF, 1.2MB)
The Reframing of Hope in Palliative Care looks at the importance of hope in patient care and how it leads to better quality of life for people with life-limiting illness. The paper highlights the need to re-frame hope as an essential component of quality palliative care.
Download The Reframing of Hope in Palliative Care (PDF, 1.4MB)
Friend or foe: Understanding the impact of the Australian Media looks at the impact of the media on Australians as reported in the survey, and how we consume news and current affairs. The paper suggests that boosting trust in media as an authorative source of information requires a refocus on substantive journalism.
Download Friend or foe: Understanding the impact of the Australian Media (PDF, 1.2MB)
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