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Change in Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 15, 2010

Q. Would you like to see Australia’s relationship with these countries get closer, stay the same or become less close?

Get closer Stay the same Become less close Don’t know Get closer April 10 Change
China 30% 50% 9% 11% 33% -3
New Zealand 29% 58% 3% 11% 33% -4
Indonesia 23% 49% 15% 13% 30% -7
India 22% 50% 14% 14% 24% -2
Japan 21% 58% 8% 13% 24% -3
United States 20% 60% 11% 10% 24% -4
United Kingdom 20% 63% 7% 10% 24% -4
Germany 14% 62% 9% 15% 16% -2
South Africa 11% 59% 14% 16% 13% -2

30% think that Australia’s relationship with China should get closer and 29% think our relationship with New Zealand should get closer.

Labor voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (32%) and New Zealand (29%).

Liberal/National voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (29%) and China (28%).

Greens  voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (38%), Indonesia (36%) and New Zealand (36%).

Since this question was asked in April, the percentage wanting a closer relationship with Indonesia has dropped from 30% to 23%.

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Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

  Very important Quite important Not very important Don’t know
United States 59% 33% 4% 4%
New Zealand 56% 34% 6% 5%
China 51% 36% 7% 5%
United Kingdom 46% 41% 9% 5%
Indonesia 40% 40% 13% 7%
Japan 39% 48% 8% 5%
India 27% 44% 21% 7%
Germany 18% 44% 29% 8%
South Africa 12% 41% 39% 8%

 Over half think that it is very important for Australia to have a close relationship with the United States (59%), New Zealand (56%) and China (51%).

 Labor voters were more likely to think a close relationship with China is very important (56%) while Green voters were more likely to think it is not very important (15%).

 Labor voters were more likely to think relations with Indonesia are very important (48%) and relations with India are quite important (51%). 

Coalition voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with India are not very important (26%). However, these voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with the United Kingdom (52%) and the United States (68%) are very important.  Comments »

Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Would you like to see Australia’s relationship with these countries get closer, stay the same or become less close?

  Get closer Stay the same Become less close Don’t know
China 33% 45% 13% 9%
New Zealand 33% 56% 2% 8%
Indonesia 30% 48% 12% 10%
United States 24% 59% 9% 8%
United Kingdom 24% 62% 5% 8%
India 24% 50% 16% 10%
Japan 24% 59% 8% 10%
Germany 16% 65% 7% 12%
South Africa 13% 63% 12% 12%

When it comes to Australia’s relationship getting closer with various countries, 33% think Australia’s relations with China should get closer, 45% think our relations with China should stay the same and 13% think they should become less close.

33% support a closer relationship with New Zealand and 30% support a closer relationship with Indonesia.  The country that scores the highest in terms of one which Australia should become less close with is India (16%). 

Labor (36%) voters were more likely to think that Australia’s relations with China should become closer, while Coalition (17%) and Greens (23%) voters were more likely to think it should be less close. 

Labor voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with India should stay the same (55%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think they should become less close (20%). Comments »

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