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Influence of the US

Jun 22, 2021

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with the United States of America, how do you rate the influence of the United States of America on each of the following aspects?

  TOTAL: Positive TOTAL: Negative Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 63% 19% 21% 42% 12% 7% 18%
Australia’s international trade 59% 19% 14% 45% 13% 6% 22%
Australia’s culture 49% 33% 13% 37% 22% 10% 18%
Australia’s politics 47% 31% 11% 35% 20% 11% 23%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 53% 26% 12% 41% 19% 7% 21%

 

TOTAL: Positive influence Jun’21 May’20 Aug’19
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 63% 54% 65%
Australia’s international trade 59% 48% 56%
Australia’s culture 49% 43% 51%
Australia’s politics 47% 41% 43%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 53% 47% 57%
Base (n) 1,087 1,087 1,096

 

TOTAL: Positive influence Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 63% 67% 60% 51% 62% 74% 65% 77% 42% 54%
Australia’s international trade 59% 62% 56% 48% 60% 69% 59% 73% 36% 56%
Australia’s culture 49% 50% 48% 42% 53% 52% 48% 62% 27% 46%
Australia’s politics 47% 50% 43% 36% 49% 53% 44% 63% 25% 38%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 53% 58% 48% 43% 55% 60% 53% 65% 35% 45%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • Australians are as likely as they were in August 2019 to rate the US as a positive influence on Australia. The biggest increases to the positive influence of the US were defence, military and national security (63%, from 54%), and Australia’s international trade (59%, from 48%).

US Presidential Nominee Favourability

Nov 3, 2020

Q. How favourable or unfavourable do you feel towards each of the US Presidential nominees?

TOTAL: Favourable TOTAL: Unfavourable Very favourable Somewhat favourable Somewhat unfavourable Very unfavourable Unsure Never heard of them
Donald Trump 28% 61% 13% 14% 14% 47% 10% 1%
Joe Biden 43% 37% 13% 30% 17% 20% 18% 3%

 

TOTAL: Favourable Total Federal Voting Intention   Gender
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other   Male Female
Donald Trump 28% 22% 39% 16% 31%   36% 20%
Joe Biden 43% 49% 45% 58% 29%   47% 40%
Base (n) 1,063 352 431 85 100   530 533
  • Joe Biden is viewed more favourably by Australians ahead of the Presidential election this week. 43% say they feel favourable to the Democrat nominee, compared to 28% who feel favourable to Republican Donald Trump.
  • Men have a higher favourability towards Donald Trump than women (36% to 20%). Coalition voters are more likely to be favourable to Trump than Labor or Greens voters (39% to 22% and 16% respectively).

US Relations Statements

Nov 3, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about relations with the USA?

TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
It is important for the Prime Minister to have a good relationship with the US President, whoever they might be, for the good of the nation 72% 18% 36% 36% 12% 6% 10%
The Trump Presidency has diminished the USA’s reputation 65% 21% 43% 23% 13% 8% 14%
The US is less relevant to Australia’s interests than it has been in the past 54% 31% 19% 35% 22% 9% 15%
The Trump Presidency has been good for Australia 32% 48% 13% 19% 21% 27% 20%
  • Regardless of the result on Tuesday, almost three-quarters of people agree that it is important for the Prime Minister to have a good relationship with the US President, whoever they might be, for the good of the nation (72%).
  • 65% agree that the Trump Presidency has diminished the USA’s reputation and just 32% agree that the Trump Presidency has been good for Australia.

Importance of Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 15, 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 Very Important April 10 Change
United States 56% 34% 5% 4% 59% -3
New Zealand 54% 36% 6% 5% 56% -2
China 45% 44% 5% 6% 51% -6
United Kingdom 44% 43% 9% 4% 46% -2
Japan 30% 53% 10% 7% 40% -10
Indonesia 30% 48% 15% 7% 39% -9
India 24% 45% 23% 8% 27% -3
Germany 15% 43% 34% 9% 18% -3
South Africa 12% 35% 43% 10% 12%

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the United States (56%) and New Zealand (54%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with China (45%) and United Kingdom (44%).

A close relationship with the United Sates is considered very important by 65% of Liberal/National voters and 62% of Labor voters but only 37% of Greens voters. Greens voters consider relations with New Zealand (58%) and China (47%) more important.

Since this question was asked in April, the overall rating of the importance of relations with other countries has dropped – especially for Japan (-10%) and Indonesia (-9%).

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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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