Essential Report

Foreign investment

Aug 23, 2016

Q. Do you think the following types of foreign investment are good or bad for the Australian economy?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Foreign investment in mining 27% 28%   6% 21% 29% 17% 11% 15%
Foreign investment in ports 23% 37%   5% 18% 25% 21% 16% 16%
Foreign investment in agriculture 21% 44%   6% 15% 22% 22% 22% 14%
Foreign investment in infrastructure e.g. electricity 19% 45%   5% 14% 21% 21% 24% 14%
Foreign investment in real estate 14% 54%   3% 11% 20% 23% 31% 12%

 

  Total good Total bad   Vote Labor good Vote Labor bad Vote LNP good Vote LNP bad Vote Green good Vote Green bad Vote other good Vote other bad
Foreign investment in mining 27% 28%   23% 33% 37% 24% 19% 38% 23% 42%
Foreign investment in ports 23% 37%   19% 37% 31% 35% 14% 38% 18% 51%
Foreign investment in agriculture 21% 44%   19% 42% 29% 42% 11% 51% 13% 62%
Foreign investment in infrastructure e.g. electricity 19% 45%   18% 46% 25% 44% 13% 54% 14% 57%
Foreign investment in real estate 14% 54%   14% 51% 19% 56% 9% 62% 10% 65%

By a factor of more than two to one, respondents think foreign investment in real estate (54%), infrastructure (45%) and agriculture (44%) is bad for the Australian economy.

They were also more likely to think foreign investment in ports is bad for the economy (37% bad/23% good) but split on foreign investment in mining – 27% good/28% bad/ 29% neither.

While Liberal/National voters had a more positive view of foreign investment overall, they were still more likely to think it was bad for agriculture (42%), infrastructure (44%) and especially real estate (56%).

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