Essential Report

Relationships with other countries

Aug 5, 2014

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

USA

88%

2%

43%

45%

7%

1%

1%

3%

New Zealand

87%

2%

50%

37%

7%

1%

1%

4%

United Kingdom

86%

2%

43%

43%

8%

1%

1%

4%

Japan

68%

5%

18%

50%

18%

4%

1%

8%

China

65%

7%

10%

55%

22%

6%

1%

6%

India

48%

9%

6%

42%

34%

8%

1%

10%

Indonesia

31%

30%

4%

27%

33%

25%

5%

6%

Russia

10%

48%

1%

9%

32%

33%

15%

10%

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

There were mixed opinions on the relationship with Indonesia (31% good/30% poor) and only 10% thought our relationship with Russia is “good”.

The Asian Century

Nov 7, 2012

Q. The Government recently released a report about the Asian Century and the opportunities for Australia as part of the region. Do you agree or disagree that Australia’s economic future depends on our engagement and relationships with Asian countries?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

65%

73%

66%

74%

Total disagree

16%

12%

20%

16%

Strongly agree

16%

25%

11%

24%

Agree

49%

48%

55%

50%

Disagree

10%

9%

12%

11%

Strongly disagree

6%

3%

8%

5%

Don’t know

18%

15%

14%

10%

65% agree that Australia’s economic future depends on our engagement and relationships with Asian countries and 16% disagree.  At least two thirds of each voter group agreed.

There was similar agreement across all age groups. Highest disagreement was shown by those aged 55+ (22%) and Liberal/National voters (20%).

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