Essential Report

National security and AUKUS partnership

Sep 28, 2021

Q. Thinking about the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine partnership, which is closer to your view?

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine partnership will make Australia more secure 45% 47% 44% 34% 40% 60% 39% 62% 30% 38%
The AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine partnership will not affect Australia’s security 36% 34% 37% 48% 36% 24% 39% 27% 40% 33%
The AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine partnership will make Australia less secure 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 15% 22% 12% 30% 29%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130
  • Less than half think the AUKUS partnership will make Australia more secure (45%). 36% think it will not affect our security and 19% think we are now at more risk.
  • Those aged over 55 and Coalition voters are most likely to believe Australia is now more secure due to the AUKUS partnership.

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