International Relations (preference for close relationships)

Oct 9, 2013

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 11)

Get closer

(14 Nov 11)

Get closer

(29 Oct 11)

Change – Oct 12 to Oct 13

China

33%

49%

10%

9%

32%

35%

29%

4%

New Zealand

34%

55%

3%

8%

37%

33%

26%

8%

Indonesia

29%

45%

15%

10%

21%

23%

25%

4%

India

21%

52%

16%

12%

19%

23%

24%

-3%

Japan

24%

57%

9%

10%

26%

24%

22%

2%

United Kingdom

22%

60%

9%

8%

25%

19%

21%

1%

United States

20%

59%

13%

8%

24%

18%

21%

-1%

Germany

18%

60%

10%

13%

18%

20%

18%

South Africa

12%

59%

14%

15%

13%

14%

12%

33% favour closer relations with China, 34% with New Zealand, 29% with Indonesia and 24% with Japan.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with the United States (24%). Greens voters are more likely to favour closer relationships with Indonesia (38%).

Labor voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (40%) and Japan (28%)

Those aged 18-25 were more likely to favour closer relationships with Japan (45%), New Zealand (48%), China (51%) and Germany (28%).

Since this question was asked last year, the percentages wanting a closer relationship with the New Zealand (+8%) has increased.