Importance of international relationships

May 5, 2015

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

  Very import-ant Quite import-ant Not very import-ant Don’t know   Very impor-tant

Mar 11

Very import-ant

Nov 13

Very import-ant

Oct 14

Very import-ant

Feb 15

Change
United States 44% 41% 8% 8% 60% 59% 53% 44%
China 39% 44% 6% 10% 48% 54% 44% 41% -2
United Kingdom 39% 43% 9% 10% 56% 48% 48% 38% +1
Japan 31% 52% 6% 11% 39% 35% 31% 30% +1
Canada 24% 45% 18% 13% na na 26% 22% +2
India 22% 47% 17% 14% 26% 26% 22% 20% +2
Indonesia 21% 40% 27% 12% 31% 40% 32% 22% -1
Germany 20% 47% 19% 14% 23% 20% 22% 18% +2
Saudi Arabia 14% 40% 30% 16% na na 17% 12% +2
Russia 13% 38% 33% 16% na na 16% 11% +2

44% of respondents think it is very important to have a close relationship with the United States and 39% think it is very important to have a close relationship with China and the United Kingdom. Relations with Russia (13%) and Saudi Arabia (14%) were thought to be the least important.

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 51% of Liberal/National voters, 48% of Labor voters and 29% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in February, there has been little change in importance of relations for all countries.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Feb 24, 2015

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Oct 2014

Total a lot/some

33%

13%

66%

12%

21%

41%

35%

40%

Total little/no trust

62%

84%

31%

85%

71%

53%

59%

53%

A lot of trust

12%

2%

28%

7%

20%

17%

17%

Some trust

21%

11%

38%

12%

14%

21%

18%

23%

A little trust

22%

23%

23%

19%

21%

18%

16%

18%

No trust

40%

61%

8%

66%

50%

35%

43%

35%

Don’t know

5%

2%

4%

2%

8%

7%

5%

6%

 

Overall, 33% (down 7% since October) have a lot or some trust in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations and 62% (up 9%) have a little or no trust. Only 12% (down 5%) have “a lot of trust” and 40% (up 5%) have no trust.

Labor (61%) and Greens (66%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. 28% Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”- down from 44% in October.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Nov 25, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Oct 2014

Total a lot/some

38%

15%

79%

7%

24%

41%

35%

40%

Total little/no trust

57%

82%

19%

93%

75%

53%

59%

53%

A lot of trust

15%

2%

38%

4%

20%

17%

17%

Some trust

23%

13%

41%

7%

20%

21%

18%

23%

A little trust

20%

22%

16%

18%

28%

18%

16%

18%

No trust

37%

60%

3%

75%

47%

35%

43%

35%

Don’t know

6%

4%

2%

1%

2%

7%

5%

6%

15% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

37% have no trust.

Labor (60%) and Greens (75%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (3%) to have no trust. 38% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in October, those saying they have a lot or some trust has decreased by 2% and those saying they have little/no trust increased by 4%.

Importance of international relationships

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

 

Very 

Quite 

Not very 

Don’t know

 

Very 

Mar 11

Very 

Nov 13

Very 

Jun 14

Change

United States

53%

37%

5%

4%

60%

59%

57%

-4

United Kingdom

48%

41%

7%

4%

56%

48%

48%

China

44%

45%

6%

6%

48%

54%

46%

-2

Indonesia

32%

46%

15%

7%

31%

40%

35%

-3

Japan

31%

51%

11%

7%

39%

35%

32%

-1

Canada

26%

47%

20%

7%

na

na

28%

-2

India

22%

46%

24%

8%

26%

26%

23%

-1

Germany

22%

43%

27%

8%

23%

20%

21%

+1

Saudi Arabia

17%

38%

35%

10%

na

na

na

na

Russia

16%

39%

37%

8%

na

na

na

na

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the United States (53%). Relations with Russia (16%) and Saudi Arabia (17%) were thought to be the least important.

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 67% of Liberal/National voters, 50% of Labor voters and 41% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in June, there has been a 4% decrease in the rating of the importance of relations with the United States.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Total a lot/some

40%

16%

82%

19%

26%

41%

35%

Total little/no trust

53%

81%

15%

80%

71%

53%

59%

A lot of trust

17%

1%

44%

2%

8%

20%

17%

Some trust

23%

15%

38%

17%

18%

21%

18%

A little trust

18%

24%

13%

10%

20%

18%

16%

No trust

35%

57%

2%

70%

51%

35%

43%

Don’t know

6%

3%

3%

1%

2%

7%

5%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (70%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in June, those saying they have a lot or some trust has increased by 5% and those saying they have no trust decreased by 6% – a similar position to the poll in November last year.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Sep 9, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some trust

36%

12%

75%

13%

25%

41%

41%

Total little/no trust

55%

83%

21%

81%

66%

53%

53%

A lot of trust

14%

2%

38%

3%

4%

18%

20%

Some trust

22%

10%

37%

10%

21%

23%

21%

A little trust

21%

26%

17%

19%

25%

16%

18%

No trust

34%

57%

4%

62%

41%

37%

35%

Don’t know

9%

5%

3%

6%

9%

7%

7%

14% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations – down 6% since November.

34% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (62%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (4%) to have no trust. 38% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, “total trust” has dropped from 41% to 36%.

Importance of international relationships

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

 

Very import-ant

Quite import-ant

Not very import-ant

Don’t know

Very import-
ant

28 Mar 11

Very import-
ant

29 Oct 12

Very import-ant

26 Nov 13

Change

New Zealand

61%

30%

6%

4%

69%

54%

54%

+7

United States

57%

33%

6%

4%

60%

55%

59%

-2

United Kingdom

48%

38%

10%

4%

56%

47%

48%

China

46%

41%

8%

4%

48%

45%

54%

-8

Indonesia

35%

43%

16%

6%

31%

33%

40%

-5

Japan

32%

51%

12%

5%

39%

31%

35%

-3

Canada

28%

40%

25%

7%

na

na

na

na

India

23%

42%

29%

7%

26%

26%

26%

-3

Germany

21%

41%

31%

7%

23%

20%

20%

+1

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with New Zealand (61%) and the United States (57%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 64% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in November, the largest increase in the rating of the importance of relations was with New Zealand (+7). Importance of relations with China (-8) and Indonesia (-5) has declined.

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

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