Essential Report

Support for free trade measures

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose the following measures in a Free Trade Agreement with China? 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Fewer restrictions on Chinese workers coming to Australia

20%

57%

6%

14%

25%

32%

24%

Greater access to Chinese markets for Australian businesses

61%

12%

20%

41%

8%

4%

26%

Reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China

43%

28%

11%

32%

16%

12%

28%

Fewer restrictions on Chinese investment in Australia

23%

52%

7%

16%

22%

30%

26%

A majority (61%) support a free trade agreement that gives greater access to Chinese markets for Australian businesses and respondents were also more likely to support reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China (43%).

A majority oppose fewer restrictions on Chinese workers coming to Australia (57%) and fewer restrictions on Chinese investment in Australia (52%).

There were few significant differences between Labor and Liberal/National voters – except that 51% of Liberal/National voters supported reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China.

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