Essential Report

Free trade agreement with China

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia signing a Free Trade Agreement with China? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

44%

44%

58%

31%

34%

Total disapprove

18%

21%

9%

27%

35%

Strongly approve

10%

10%

16%

2%

5%

Approve

34%

34%

42%

29%

29%

Disapprove

12%

11%

7%

22%

24%

Strongly disapprove

6%

10%

2%

5%

11%

Don’t know

39%

36%

34%

42%

31%

44% approve of Australia signing a Free Trade Agreement with China and 18% disapprove. 39% could not give an opinion.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (58%), aged 55+ (58%) and men (54%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens (27%) and other voters (35%).

Country that benefits most from free trade agreement

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Which country do you think will benefit most from a Free Trade Agreement with China?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Australia

12%

13%

17%

4%

7%

China

35%

39%

22%

53%

54%

Both equally

24%

22%

34%

16%

16%

Neither

2%

2%

1%

1%

4%

Don’t know

28%

23%

26%

26%

20%

35% think that China would benefit most from a Fee Trade Agreement, 24% think both countries would benefit equally and 12% think Australia would benefit most.

Those most likely to think China would benefit most were Greens (53%) and other voters (54%) and aged 55% (43%),

Groups that benefit from free trade agreement

Nov 18, 2014

Q. How much do you think the following would benefit from a Free Trade Agreement with China? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot/some benefit

 

Total a lot/
some benefit

 

A lot of benefit

Some benefit

Little benefit

No benefit

Don’t know

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote Other

Australian
Government

52%

17%

35%

13%

5%

30%

51%

65%

49%

47%

Mining companies

48%

22%

26%

14%

7%

31%

49%

57%

44%

43%

Australian businesses overall

44%

11%

33%

20%

5%

31%

44%

58%

39%

32%

Tourism operators

41%

12%

29%

17%

10%

32%

44%

53%

37%

32%

Farmers

37%

12%

25%

18%

15%

30%

35%

50%

29%

28%

The Australian economy in general

37%

9%

28%

23%

9%

31%

34%

53%

29%

22%

Manufactur-ing firms

34%

10%

24%

18%

18%

31%

37%

43%

22%

26%

Working people

25%

6%

19%

25%

22%

29%

22%

39%

15%

13%

Respondents thought those most likely to benefit from a Free Trade Agreement with China were the Australian Government (52%), mining companies (48%) and Australian business overall (44%).

Only 25% thought that there would be a lot or some benefit for working people. 47% though there would be little or no benefit for working people.

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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