Biggest threats to the world

Aug 4, 2015

Q. Which of the following international issues represents the biggest threat to the world? And which is the second biggest threat? 

  Total Biggest threat Second biggest threat   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Terrorism 61% 43% 18% 61% 71% 35% 57%
Global economic instability 51% 23% 28% 50% 52% 50% 54%
Climate change 38% 21% 17% 47% 21% 68% 36%
Fighting in the Middle East 23% 6% 17% 17% 27% 21% 29%
Chinese economic slowdown 12% 4% 8% 12% 13% 4% 12%
Tensions between Russia and its neighbours 8% 2% 6% 6% 10% 8% 9%
Tensions between China and its neighbours 7% 1% 6% 6% 6% 14% 3%

61% think that terrorism is one of the two biggest threats to the world and 51% nominated global economic instability as one of the biggest threats.

38% think climate change is one of the two biggest threats.

Labor and Liberal/National voters nominated terrorism and global economic instability as the biggest threats while Greens voters were more likely to think climate change was a bigger threat (68%). Only 21% of Liberal/National voters think climate change is one of the two biggest threats.

Biggest threats to Australia

Aug 4, 2015

Q. Which of the following international issues represents the biggest threat to Australia? And which is the second biggest threat? 

  Total Biggest threat Second biggest threat   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Global economic instability 55% 25% 30% 51% 58% 59% 55%
Terrorism 47% 26% 21% 48% 54% 21% 46%
Climate change 38% 22% 16% 47% 18% 72% 31%
Chinese economic slowdown 36% 20% 16% 31% 44% 27% 36%
Fighting in the Middle East 12% 3% 9% 10% 13% 9% 15%
Tensions between China and its neighbours 9% 4% 5% 11% 8% 8% 13%
Tensions between Russia and its neighbours 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 3% 5%

55% think that global economic instability is one of the two biggest threats to Australia and 47% nominated terrorism as one of the biggest threats.

38% think climate change is one of the two biggest threats and 36% nominated the Chinese economic slowdown.

Labor voters think global economic instability, terrorism and climate change represent similar levels of threat while Liberal/National voters were more likely to think the Chinese economic slowdown was a threat. Only 18% of Liberal/National voters thought climate change was one of the two biggest threats to Australia.