Influence of China

May 26, 2020

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with China, how do you rate the influence of China on each of the following aspects?

  NET: Positive NET: Negative Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 51% 9% 17% 27% 24% 24%
Australia’s international trade 28% 58% 7% 22% 26% 31% 14%
Australia’s culture 35% 44% 9% 26% 23% 21% 22%
Australia’s politics 23% 59% 7% 16% 31% 28% 18%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 62% 4% 17% 27% 35% 17%

 

NET: Positive influence May’20 Aug’19 Change
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 33% -8%
Australia’s international trade 28% 59% -31%
Australia’s culture 35% 43% -8%
Australia’s politics 23% 30% -7%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 41% -19%
Base 1,087 1,096

 

NET: Positive influence   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female Labor NET: Coalition Greens NET: Other
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 25% 30% 21% 23% 33% 19% 21%
Australia’s international trade 28% 34% 23% 28% 31% 30% 24%
Australia’s culture 35% 38% 31% 36% 34% 41% 30%
Australia’s politics 23% 26% 20% 21% 28% 18% 17%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 28% 16% 25% 23% 19% 18%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 323 428 100 120
  • Compared to August 2019, participants are less likely to rate China’s influence on Australia as positive – particularly in international trade (down 31%) and Chinese corporations operating in Australia (down 19%).

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