Most beneficial country to strengthen our relationship with

Aug 19, 2019

Q. Given the choice between the United States of America and China, which country do you think it would be most beneficial for Australia strengthen our relationship with?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
United States of America 38% 44% 33% 41% 31% 43%
China 28% 31% 25% 31% 30% 24%
Neither 18% 15% 21% 13% 24% 18%
Unsure 15% 10% 21% 16% 15% 15%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Male participants tended to favour the United States of America (44%) more than females (33%).
  • Liberal/National voters (50%) tended to favour the United States of America more than Labour (34%) and Greens (24%) voters – Labour voters were more likely than any other voters to say they were unsure (17%) which country would be most beneficial for Australia (compared to all other voters 10%).
  • Participants aged 35-54 years old were least likely to Australian would benefit more from strengthening their relationship with the United States of America (31%), compared to 42% of those between 18-34 or over 55 years old.
  • A third of those with university educations (34%) suggested that Australian would benefit more from strengthening their relationship with China, more so than those in other education bands (26%).