Change in Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 14, 2011

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

Change
China 35% 48% 9% 8% 32% +3
New Zealand 33% 57% 3% 8% 37% -4
Japan 24% 59% 7% 9% 26% -2
India 23% 50% 16% 12% 19% +4
Indonesia 23% 48% 20% 10% 21% +2
Germany 20% 58% 10% 12% 18% +2
United Kingdom 19% 67% 7% 7% 25% -6
United States 18% 63% 12% 7% 24% -6
South Africa 14% 58% 14% 14% 13% +1

35% think that Australia’s relationship with China should get closer and 33% think our relationship with New Zealand should get closer.

Labor voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (41%) and New Zealand (37%).

Liberal/National voters are also most likely to favour closer relationships with China (34%) and New Zealand (29%).

Greens voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (47%), Indonesia (40%) and China (31%).

Since this question was asked in March, the percentage wanting a closer relationship with the United Kingdom and the United States has declined 6%.

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