Australia’s diplomatic and trade relationship with other countries

Dec 15, 2020

Q. In terms of diplomatic & trade relationships, for each of the following countries please indicate whether you think Australia should be working more closely with them, less closely with them or stay about the same as now?

TOTAL Get closer Stay the same Become less close Don’t know
New Zealand 49% 33% 6% 12%
United Kingdom 38% 42% 8% 12%
The European Union 33% 42% 11% 14%
United States 28% 44% 15% 13%
China 15% 20% 49% 15%

 

TOTAL: Get closer Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
New Zealand 49% 50% 48% 40% 45% 61% 50% 52% 60% 50%
United Kingdom 38% 42% 34% 25% 34% 53% 40% 45% 25% 45%
The European Union 33% 38% 27% 22% 33% 42% 33% 37% 37% 33%
United States 28% 34% 23% 18% 28% 36% 25% 37% 21% 31%
China 15% 20% 11% 18% 17% 11% 18% 12% 19% 20%
  • New Zealand is Australian’s preferred diplomatic and trading partner (49% wanting closer ties), followed by the UK (38% closer ties) and the EU (33%).

Views towards trade disputes between Australia and China

Dec 15, 2020

Q. There are ongoing trade disputes between Australia and China, with China imposing high tariffs on imported Australian products.

Some people see this as a reaction from China to Australian calls for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 and leading international pressure on the Chinese Government’s record on human rights.

Which of the following statements is closer to you views on this issue?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia is the innocent victim of Chinese assertion in restricting trade on certain products 62% 63% 61% 53% 65% 67% 59% 67% 46% 65%
Australia has made itself a target by publicly criticising the Chinese government 38% 37% 39% 47% 35% 33% 41% 33% 54% 35%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • The majority of people think Australia is the victim of trade restrictions by China (62%), with the remainder linking the dispute to criticism of China by the Australian government (38%).
  • Those most likely to think Australian trade has been unfairly restricted include those aged over 55 (67%) and Coalition voters (67%).

Views towards Scott Morrison’s handling of recent Twitter controversy

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your view on the recent controversy over an official Chinese Twitter account sharing a fake image on Twitter showing an Australian soldier threatening to kill a child?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison was right to publicly demand an apology from the Chinese government, even if China retaliates by restricting trade with Australia 56% 55% 57% 48% 57% 62% 51% 65% 41% 68%
Scott Morrison should have let the issue be handled through diplomatic channels. At this time of economic uncertainty, the last thing we need is to publicly criticise our biggest trading partner 44% 45% 43% 52% 43% 38% 49% 35% 59% 32%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • Over half believe the Prime Minister was correct to demand an apology from the Chinese government regarding the fake Twitter incident (56%), but 44% believe it should have been handled by other diplomatic means.
  • Those aged 18-34 (52%), Labor voters (49%) and Greens voters (59%) disagree with publicly criticising China over the incident.

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

  TOTAL:

Closely

TOTAL:

Not closely

 
The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia 69% 31%
The trial results of Covid-19 vaccines 66% 34%
The Trump campaign’s ongoing legal disputes regarding the US presidential election 56% 44%
The alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan 53% 47%
  • The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia was the news item most closely followed over the past two weeks (69%), followed closely by the trial results of Covid-19 vaccines (66%).
  • The Trump campaign’s ongoing legal disputes regarding the US presidential election was followed by 56% of people and the alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan by 53%.

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 26% 28% 23% 22% 28% 27% 24% 29% 30% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 45% 42% 42% 41% 46% 48% 46% 31% 36%
Not that closely 23% 21% 25% 28% 22% 21% 23% 21% 25% 28%
Not closely at all 8% 6% 9% 7% 9% 7% 4% 4% 14% 14%
TOTAL: Closely 69% 73% 65% 65% 69% 73% 73% 75% 61% 59%
TOTAL: Not closely 31% 27% 35% 35% 31% 27% 27% 25% 39% 41%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 17% 23% 10% 17% 16% 17% 19% 17% 22% 17%
Fairly closely 36% 39% 34% 32% 33% 42% 38% 40% 27% 33%
Not that closely 31% 27% 36% 32% 31% 31% 30% 32% 31% 29%
Not closely at all 16% 11% 21% 18% 20% 10% 13% 11% 21% 21%
TOTAL: Closely 53% 62% 44% 49% 49% 59% 57% 57% 49% 50%
TOTAL: Not closely 47% 38% 56% 51% 51% 41% 43% 43% 51% 50%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The Trump campaign’s ongoing legal disputes regarding the US presidential election

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 22% 29% 16% 23% 25% 19% 21% 25% 29% 28%
Fairly closely 34% 36% 33% 38% 31% 34% 39% 36% 28% 28%
Not that closely 29% 23% 33% 27% 28% 31% 28% 29% 27% 22%
Not closely at all 15% 11% 19% 13% 17% 15% 12% 10% 16% 22%
TOTAL: Closely 56% 65% 48% 60% 56% 54% 60% 61% 57% 55%
TOTAL: Not closely 44% 35% 52% 40% 44% 46% 40% 39% 43% 45%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107

 

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The trial results of Covid-19 vaccines

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 23% 28% 18% 16% 27% 25% 21% 27% 25% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 42% 44% 47% 37% 46% 51% 44% 35% 33%
Not that closely 25% 23% 26% 28% 25% 22% 21% 23% 31% 29%
Not closely at all 9% 7% 11% 9% 11% 7% 7% 5% 10% 15%
TOTAL: Closely 66% 70% 63% 63% 63% 72% 72% 71% 59% 55%
TOTAL: Not closely 34% 30% 37% 37% 37% 28% 28% 29% 41% 45%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
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