Essential Report

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Sep 9, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some trust

36%

12%

75%

13%

25%

41%

41%

Total little/no trust

55%

83%

21%

81%

66%

53%

53%

A lot of trust

14%

2%

38%

3%

4%

18%

20%

Some trust

22%

10%

37%

10%

21%

23%

21%

A little trust

21%

26%

17%

19%

25%

16%

18%

No trust

34%

57%

4%

62%

41%

37%

35%

Don’t know

9%

5%

3%

6%

9%

7%

7%

14% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations – down 6% since November.

34% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (62%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (4%) to have no trust. 38% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, “total trust” has dropped from 41% to 36%.

Importance of international relationships

Jun 17, 2014

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

 

Very import-ant

Quite import-ant

Not very import-ant

Don’t know

Very import-
ant

28 Mar 11

Very import-
ant

29 Oct 12

Very import-ant

26 Nov 13

Change

New Zealand

61%

30%

6%

4%

69%

54%

54%

+7

United States

57%

33%

6%

4%

60%

55%

59%

-2

United Kingdom

48%

38%

10%

4%

56%

47%

48%

China

46%

41%

8%

4%

48%

45%

54%

-8

Indonesia

35%

43%

16%

6%

31%

33%

40%

-5

Japan

32%

51%

12%

5%

39%

31%

35%

-3

Canada

28%

40%

25%

7%

na

na

na

na

India

23%

42%

29%

7%

26%

26%

26%

-3

Germany

21%

41%

31%

7%

23%

20%

20%

+1

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with New Zealand (61%) and the United States (57%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 64% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in November, the largest increase in the rating of the importance of relations was with New Zealand (+7). Importance of relations with China (-8) and Indonesia (-5) has declined.

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

International relations under a Coalition Government

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Do you think under the Coalition Government, relations with the following countries will improve or get worse?

 

Improve

Get worse

Stay much the same

Don’t know

United States

24%

12%

48%

16%

United Kingdom

20%

11%

52%

17%

New Zealand

19%

12%

53%

16%

Germany

11%

11%

57%

21%

Japan

15%

16%

50%

19%

China

19%

22%

40%

19%

South Africa

9%

12%

56%

23%

India

13%

19%

47%

21%

Indonesia

11%

49%

22%

18%

For most countries, about half think that relations will stay much the same. The exceptions were China (19% improve, 22% get worse) and Indonesia (11% improve, 49% get worse).

Respondents were more likely to think that relations with the United States, New Zealand and United Kingdom would improve.

The main differences by party preference were for China (Labor 7% improve/38% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 33% improve/6% get worse) and Indonesia (Labor 4% improve/68% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 21% improve/31% get worse).

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Nov 26, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

A lot of trust

20%

4%

44%

1%

6%

18%

Some trust

21%

8%

37%

4%

16%

23%

A little trust

18%

18%

13%

24%

31%

16%

No trust

35%

64%

3%

67%

41%

37%

Don’t know

7%

7%

3%

4%

5%

7%

20% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (64%) and Greens (67%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (3%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

These results have changed little since this question was asked in October.

 

International Relations (preference for close relationships)

Oct 9, 2013

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

(28 Mar 11)

Get closer

(14 Nov 11)

Get closer

(29 Oct 11)

Change – Oct 12 to Oct 13

China

33%

49%

10%

9%

32%

35%

29%

4%

New Zealand

34%

55%

3%

8%

37%

33%

26%

8%

Indonesia

29%

45%

15%

10%

21%

23%

25%

4%

India

21%

52%

16%

12%

19%

23%

24%

-3%

Japan

24%

57%

9%

10%

26%

24%

22%

2%

United Kingdom

22%

60%

9%

8%

25%

19%

21%

1%

United States

20%

59%

13%

8%

24%

18%

21%

-1%

Germany

18%

60%

10%

13%

18%

20%

18%

South Africa

12%

59%

14%

15%

13%

14%

12%

33% favour closer relations with China, 34% with New Zealand, 29% with Indonesia and 24% with Japan.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with the United States (24%). Greens voters are more likely to favour closer relationships with Indonesia (38%).

Labor voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (40%) and Japan (28%)

Those aged 18-25 were more likely to favour closer relationships with Japan (45%), New Zealand (48%), China (51%) and Germany (28%).

Since this question was asked last year, the percentages wanting a closer relationship with the New Zealand (+8%) has increased.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 9, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 

A lot of trust

18%

Some trust

23%

A little trust

16%

No trust

37%

Don’t know

7%

Just 18% of people have ‘a lot of trust’ in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

37% have no trust.

Females (41%) were more likely than males (32%) to have no trust.

Labor (67%) and Green (63%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust.

Importance of Issues in Voting

Aug 16, 2010

 

Q. How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?

  Top priority Very important Quite important Not so important Don’t know
Better at handling Australia’s economy 37% 48% 10% 1% 4%
They have better policies on things like education and health 31% 47% 16% 1% 4%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 30% 47% 16% 1% 6%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 30% 45% 18% 3% 5%
They will do things that help me and my family 28% 42% 21% 4% 5%
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 24% 42% 22% 6% 5%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 23% 47% 22% 4% 4%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 23% 44% 24% 4% 5%
More trustworthy than the other parties 22% 44% 21% 5% 8%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 21% 41% 23% 9% 5%
They have a better leader 16% 40% 28% 8% 7%
I always vote for them 9% 15% 24% 42% 10%

 Key factors in deciding which party to vote for are handling the economy (37% top priority), policies on education and health (31%), capable of governing effectively (30%) and representing the interests of all Australians (30%). Comments »

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