Essential Report

Relationships with other countries

Dec 19, 2017

Q. Do you think Australia currently has good or poor relationships with the following countries?

  Total good Total poor   Very good Good Neither good nor poor Poor Very poor Don’t know   Aug 2014

good

Aug 2014 poor
New Zealand 76% 4%   30% 46% 12% 3% 1% 7%   87% 2%
United Kingdom 72% 3%   24% 48% 15% 2% 1% 9%   86% 2%
USA 65% 7%   16% 49% 20% 6% 1% 7%   88% 2%
Japan 60% 6%   14% 46% 22% 5% 1% 13%   68% 5%
China 48% 15%   6% 42% 28% 12% 3% 8%   65% 7%
India 44% 11%   5% 39% 30% 9% 2% 14%   48% 9%
Indonesia 34% 21%   4% 30% 33% 17% 4% 13%   31% 30%
Russia 17% 28%   2% 15% 39% 21% 7% 16%   10% 48%

 

More than seven in ten think that Australia has good relationships with New Zealand and United Kingdom. About two thirds think relationships with USA and Japan are good

There were mixed opinions on the relationship with Indonesia (34% good/21% poor) and only 17% thought our relationship with Russia is “good”.

Since this question was asked in August 2014, perceptions have changed substantially for relationships with United Kingdom (down 14%), USA (down 23%) and China (down 17%).

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