Essential Report

Influence of China

Jun 22, 2021

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

  TOTAL: Positive TOTAL: Negative Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 26% 51% 8% 18% 24% 27% 22%
Australia’s international trade 28% 55% 8% 20% 25% 29% 17%
Australia’s culture 32% 46% 9% 24% 25% 22% 21%
Australia’s politics 21% 57% 7% 14% 28% 29% 21%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 60% 5% 17% 27% 33% 19%

 

TOTAL: Positive influence Jun’21 May’20 Aug’19
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 26% 25% 33%
Australia’s international trade 28% 28% 59%
Australia’s culture 32% 35% 43%
Australia’s politics 21% 23% 30%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 22% 41%
Base (n) 1,087 1,087 1,096

 

TOTAL: Positive influence Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 26% 34% 19% 35% 28% 17% 27% 29% 27% 16%
Australia’s international trade 28% 34% 22% 36% 31% 18% 30% 30% 30% 15%
Australia’s culture 32% 35% 30% 36% 36% 26% 37% 33% 35% 19%
Australia’s politics 21% 27% 16% 26% 26% 12% 20% 26% 21% 13%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 22% 28% 16% 31% 23% 12% 24% 23% 26% 11%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • Compared to August 2019, Australians are less likely to rate China’s influence on Australia as positive – particularly in international trade (from 59% to 28%), and Chinese corporations operating in Australia (from 41% to 22%).

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