International Relations (importance of relationships)

Oct 9, 2013

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 Import
ant

(28 Mar 11)

Very Import
ant

(14 Nov 11)

Very Import
ant

(29 Oct 12)

Change – Oct 12 to Oct 13

United States

51%

38%

6%

4%

60%

55%

55%

-4%

New Zealand

56%

32%

8%

4%

69%

61%

54%

2%

United Kingdom

42%

43%

11%

4%

56%

47%

47%

-5%

China

46%

42%

8%

5%

48%

48%

45%

1%

Indonesia

35%

41%

18%

6%

31%

27%

33%

2%

Japan

27%

52%

15%

6%

39%

32%

31%

-4%

India

19%

41%

32%

8%

26%

23%

26%

-7%

Germany

17%

38%

35%

9%

23%

18%

20%

-3%

South Africa

12%

32%

45%

12%

16%

12%

14%

-2%

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (56%) and the United States (51%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with  China (46%) and the United Kingdom (42%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 62% of Liberal/National voters, 47% of Labor voters and 41% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked last October, there have been decreases in the rating of the importance of relations with India (-7%) and the United Kingdom (-5%). There have been only very slight increases in the importance of the relationship with Indonesia (+2%) and New Zealand (+2%).

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