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Just over half of Australian adults (54%) felt that they could trust 'most people', according to a new report on social wellbeing from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
People were most likely to trust their doctor (89%) and local police (76%). Older people (75+) were even more likely to trust their doctor (95%).
Most people felt that they had a network of people to contact if they needed advice or information, with 72% saying they knew someone in an organisation that they felt comfortable contacting.
Nearly all people (96%) had at least weekly contact with family or friends that they didn't live with. People's friends were generally a similar age (66%), similar education (57%), and similar ethnic background (73%).
Most people (93%) felt that in a time of crisis they could get support from people living outside their household, including family (80%) and friends (67%).
Some other findings from the General Social Survey include:
Other topics covered include crime and safety, transport, financial stress, housing, and culture and leisure, and can be found in General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4159.0). A set of tables for each state and territory will be available on the ABS website in June 2007.
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