Study: Cricket, Footy & Horse Racing Named As Australia’s Least Trusted Sports

Study: Cricket, Footy & Horse Racing Named As Australia’s Least Trusted Sports

Australian distrust in cricket is higher than any other sport a year after the ball-tampering scandal engulfed the Australian men’s cricket team and led to the suspensions of senior players a new study has found. 

According to research firm Roy Morgan, joining Cricket with high levels of distrust are the NRL, Aussie rules, horse racing, rugby union, soccer, boxing, tennis, cycling and greyhound racing from research conducted in June 2019.

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Distrust in Cricket soared in the wake of ‘sandpaper gate’ and Cricket remains one of the leading sports with a negative Net Trust Score according to the latest Roy Morgan Sports Net Trust Score survey.

Although Cricket continues to have high distrust there is some good news. Women’s cricket continues to provide a boost to the overall image of the sport with higher trust than distrust.

In addition the overall Net Trust Score for cricket as well as for NRL, Aussie Rules, soccer and boxing have all improved compared to a year ago.

Sport improves overall Net Trust Score in 2019 compared to a year ago

Although the aforementioned sports do have high distrust there is more positive news for sports in general with the overall Sport Net Trust Score improving from a negative to a positive overall position.

Several high-scoring sports managed to improve their Net Trust Scores during the last 12 months. Tennis, golf, hockey, lawn bowls/bowling, surfing and car racing all improved their already trusted positions from 2018 to 2019.

Although not appearing in the top 10 two of the major football codes also have positive Net Trust Scores in mid-2019 with both Aussie Rules soccer performing well with higher trust than distrust.


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