Essential Report

Most beneficial country to strengthen our relationship with

Jun 22, 2021

Q. Given the choice between the United States of America and China, with which country do you think it would be most beneficial for Australia to strengthen our relationship?

  Jun’21 May’20 Aug’19
United States of America 57% 42% 38%
China 14% 18% 28%
Neither 15% 24% 18%
Don’t know 14% 16% 15%
Base (n) 1,087 1,087 1,096
  • 57% of Australians now think it would be most beneficial to strengthen our relationship with the US, a proportion that has been increasing since August 2019.
  • Only 14% think Australia should strengthen our relationship with China over the US (a decrease from 28% in 2019). A further 15% think Australia should strengthen our relationship with neither country, and a similar proportion (14%) don’t know.
TOTAL Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
United States of America 57% 62% 52% 44% 57% 69% 55% 69% 37% 61%
China 14% 14% 13% 18% 13% 11% 16% 11% 24% 9%
Neither 15% 15% 15% 19% 17% 10% 17% 10% 19% 23%
Don’t know 14% 9% 20% 20% 13% 10% 12% 10% 21% 7%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • Across party lines, all voters are now more likely to think we should strengthen our relationship with the US compared to last May.

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