Relations with Indonesia

May 5, 2015

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2013 May 2014 Oct 2014 Feb 2015
Total good 26% 8% 58% 3% 14% 29% 25% 32% 24%
Total poor 42% 65% 12% 76% 53% 42% 43% 39% 42%
Very good 10% 1% 23% 1% 7% 11% 8% 12% 8%
Good 16% 7% 35% 2% 7% 18% 17% 20% 16%
Neither good nor poor 24% 23% 26% 14% 27% 21% 19% 22% 27%
Poor 16% 24% 7% 23% 19% 16% 19% 18% 16%
Very poor 26% 41% 5% 53% 34% 26% 24% 21% 26%
Don’t know 7% 4% 5% 6% 5% 8% 13% 8% 7%

26% (down 2% since February) of respondents rate Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government handling of relations with Indonesia as good. 42% (no change) rate them as poor.

58% of Liberal/National voters rate the Government’s performance as “good” – compared to 47% in February.

 

Action against Indonesia

May 5, 2015

Q.Because Indonesia rejected Australia’s calls for clemency for the Bali nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, would you approve or disapprove of Australia responding by taking some form of action – such as suspending co-operation with Indonesia in certain areas?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total approve 40% 44% 43% 38% 41% 41% 39% 37% 43% 42%
Total disapprove 42% 41% 42% 44% 44% 43% 41% 43% 38% 48%
Strongly approve 17% 20% 17% 15% 22% 19% 15% 14% 19% 19%
Approve 23% 24% 26% 23% 19% 22% 24% 23% 24% 23%
Disapprove 24% 22% 27% 26% 19% 22% 26% 26% 21% 27%
Strongly disapprove 18% 19% 15% 18% 25% 21% 15% 17% 17% 21%
Don’t know 17% 14% 14% 19% 14% 16% 19% 20% 19% 10%

40% approve of taking some form of action against Indonesia over the executions of the Bali drug smugglers and 42% disapprove.

Most voter and demographic groups were relatively evenly split on this question. Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to disapprove.

Relations with Indonesia

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

May 2014

Total good

32%

8%

71%

7%

17%

29%

25%

Total poor

39%

63%

8%

70%

48%

42%

43%

Very good

12%

1%

31%

*

3%

11%

8%

Good

20%

7%

40%

7%

14%

18%

17%

Neither good nor poor

22%

23%

18%

14%

29%

21%

19%

Poor

18%

28%

6%

26%

19%

16%

19%

Very poor

21%

35%

2%

44%

29%

26%

24%

Don’t know

8%

6%

4%

9%

6%

8%

13%

32% of respondents would rate Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government handling of relations with Indonesia as good. 39% would rate them as poor. This represents an improvement since May of 11 points from net -18 to net -7.

Spying on Indonesia

Nov 26, 2013

Q. It has recently been revealed that Australian agencies have been secretly monitoring communications from Indonesian leaders.

Do you support or oppose Australia’s secret collecting of this information?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

39%

28%

58%

13%

28%

Total oppose

23%

32%

12%

37%

34%

Strongly support

15%

8%

27%

10%

Support

24%

20%

31%

13%

18%

Neither support nor oppose

28%

32%

23%

38%

33%

Oppose

12%

15%

6%

25%

21%

Strongly oppose

11%

17%

6%

12%

13%

Don’t know

9%

8%

6%

12%

5%

39% support Australia’s secret monitoring of communications from Indonesian leaders and 23% oppose. 28% neither support nor oppose. There was strong support from Liberal/National voters (58%) while Labor voters were split 28% support/32% oppose.

A somewhat similar question asked in October about the United States monitoring telephone and internet communications in the US and other countries produced a result of 24% support/45% oppose.

Handling relations with Indonesia

Nov 26, 2013

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

29%

7%

58%

3%

12%

Total poor

42%

71%

11%

73%

53%

Very good

11%

1%

25%

2%

1%

Good

18%

6%

33%

1%

11%

Neither good nor poor

21%

18%

24%

16%

23%

Poor

16%

22%

7%

22%

29%

Very poor

26%

49%

4%

51%

24%

Don’t know

8%

4%

6%

8%

12%

29% rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia as good and 42% think it has been poor.

71% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters think it has been poor while 58% of Liberal/National voters think it has been good.

Importance of relationships with other countries

Oct 29, 2012

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 11  

Very Important 14 Nov 11  

Change

United States

55%

36%

5%

3%

60%

55%

New Zealand

54%

36%

7%

3%

69%

61%

-7

United Kingdom

47%

44%

6%

3%

56%

47%

China

45%

44%

6%

4%

48%

48%

-3

Indonesia

33%

43%

18%

5%

31%

27%

+6

Japan

31%

52%

12%

5%

39%

32%

-1

India

26%

45%

22%

6%

26%

23%

+3

Germany

20%

44%

29%

7%

23%

18%

+2

South Africa

14%

35%

43%

8%

16%

12%

+2

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (54%) and the United States (55%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with the China (45%) and the United Kingdom (47%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 60% of Liberal/National voters, 60% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked last November, there have been decreases in the rating of the importance of relations with New Zealand (-7%) and an increase in the rating of the importance of relations with Indonesia (+6%).

Change in relationships with other countries

Oct 29, 2012

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

Change

China

29%

50%

9%

12%

32%

35%

-6

New Zealand

26%

59%

4%

11%

37%

33%

-7

Indonesia

25%

47%

16%

12%

21%

23%

+2

India

24%

47%

15%

14%

19%

23%

+1

Japan

22%

59%

7%

13%

26%

24%

-2

United Kingdom

21%

62%

6%

10%

25%

19%

+2

United States

21%

59%

10%

10%

24%

18%

+3

Germany

18%

59%

7%

16%

18%

20%

-2

South Africa

12%

57%

14%

16%

13%

14%

-2

29% favour closer relations with China, 26% with New Zealand, 25% with Indonesia and 24% with India.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to favour closer relationships with United States (25%).

Greens voters are more likely to favour closer relationships with Indonesia (34%), Japan (34%) and India (44%),

Since this question was asked last year, the percentages wanting a closer relationship with the China (-7%) and the New Zealand (-6%) have declined.

Importance of Relationships with Other Countries

Mar 28, 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 15 Nov Change
New Zealand 69% 24% 4% 3% 54% +15
United States 60% 33% 5% 2% 56% +4
United Kingdom 56% 35% 6% 3% 44% +12
China 48% 42% 6% 4% 45% +3
Japan 39% 47% 9% 4% 30% +9
Indonesia 31% 43% 20% 6% 30% +1
India 26% 42% 26% 5% 24% +2
Germany 23% 42% 29% 6% 15% +8
South Africa 16% 36% 39% 8% 12% +4

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (69%), United States (60%) and the United Kingdom (56%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with China (48%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 70% of Liberal/National voters and 57% of Labor voters and 48% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in November, there have been substantial increases in the rating of the importance of relations with New Zealand (+15%), United Kingdom (+12%) and Japan (+9%).

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