Essential Report

Trans Pacific Partnership

May 30, 2017

Q. It was recently announced that a number of countries, including Australia, will resume negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement without the United States, who have withdrawn from the agreement.
Do you think the TPP will be good or bad for the following:

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know Total Good (Oct 2015)
Multinational companies 48% 6%   16% 32% 19% 5% 1% 27% 57%
Mining companies 41% 8%   11% 30% 22% 6% 2% 29% 47%
Australian businesses overall 36% 16%   5% 31% 21% 11% 5% 27% 47%
Beef farmers 37% 17%   7% 30% 18% 12% 5% 29% 45%
Australia consumers 34% 18%   7% 27% 22% 12% 6% 26%
The Australian economy in general 34% 18%   6% 28% 20% 13% 5% 27% 44%
Sugar farmers 32% 18%   6% 26% 19% 13% 5% 31% 39%
Manufacturing companies 32% 20%   6% 26% 20% 12% 8% 27% 42%
Dairy farmers 31% 20%   6% 25% 20% 14% 6% 29% 42%
Australian workers 28% 23%   5% 23% 22% 14% 9% 27% 32%
Small businesses 27% 22%   4% 23% 23% 17% 5% 27% 21%

48% thought that the TPP would be good for multinational companies, and only 6% thought it would be bad. Those most likely to think it would be good were those aged 55-64 (60% good), and Liberal/National voters (56%).

For each group in the list, the proportion who thought the TPP would be good for it was greater than the proportion who thought it would be bad.

Since this question was last asked in October 2015, the percentage who thought the TPP would be good has decreased for each group in the list except for small businesses, which has increased by 6%.

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