Importance of international relationships

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

 

Very import-ant

Quite import-ant

Not very import-ant

Don’t know

Very import-
ant

28 Mar 11

Very import-
ant

29 Oct 12

Very import-ant

26 Nov 13

Change

New Zealand

61%

30%

6%

4%

69%

54%

54%

+7

United States

57%

33%

6%

4%

60%

55%

59%

-2

United Kingdom

48%

38%

10%

4%

56%

47%

48%

-

China

46%

41%

8%

4%

48%

45%

54%

-8

Indonesia

35%

43%

16%

6%

31%

33%

40%

-5

Japan

32%

51%

12%

5%

39%

31%

35%

-3

Canada

28%

40%

25%

7%

na

na

na

na

India

23%

42%

29%

7%

26%

26%

26%

-3

Germany

21%

41%

31%

7%

23%

20%

20%

+1

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with New Zealand (61%) and the United States (57%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 64% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in November, the largest increase in the rating of the importance of relations was with New Zealand (+7). Importance of relations with China (-8) and Indonesia (-5) has declined.