Importance of Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 14, 2011

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 28 Mar Change
New Zealand 61% 31% 5% 3% 69% -8
United States 55% 37% 4% 3% 60% -5
China 48% 44% 5% 3% 48%
United Kingdom 47% 43% 7% 3% 56% -9
Japan 32% 53% 11% 4% 39% -7
Indonesia 27% 49% 19% 5% 31% -4
India 23% 48% 24% 6% 26% -3
Germany 18% 44% 32% 6% 23% -5
South Africa 12% 37% 42% 8% 16% -4

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (61%) and the United States (55%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with the China (48%) and the United Kingdom (47%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 60% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 42% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in March, there have been substantial decreases in the rating of the importance of relations with New Zealand (-8%), United Kingdom (-9%) and Japan (-7%). The importance of relations with all other listed countries has also fallen a little – with the exception of China which is unchanged. China is now ranked above United Kingdom in importance.

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