Importance of international relationships

Feb 24, 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 Import-ant

Mar 11

Very Import-ant

Nov 13

Very Import-ant

Jun 14

Very Import-ant

Oct 14

Change

United States

44%

40%

7%

8%

60%

59%

57%

53%

-9

China

41%

41%

8%

9%

48%

54%

46%

44%

-3

United Kingdom

38%

41%

12%

9%

56%

48%

48%

48%

-10

Japan

30%

50%

9%

11%

39%

35%

32%

31%

-1

Indonesia

22%

44%

23%

11%

31%

40%

35%

32%

-10

Canada

22%

43%

23%

12%

na

na

28%

26%

-4

India

20%

47%

21%

12%

26%

26%

23%

22%

-2

Germany

18%

43%

26%

13%

23%

20%

21%

22%

-4

Saudi Arabia

12%

39%

35%

14%

na

na

na

17%

-5

Russia

11%

33%

43%

13%

na

na

na

16%

-5

44% of respondents think it is very important to have a close relationship with the United States and 41% think it is very important to have a close relationship with China. Relations with Russia (11%) and Saudi Arabia (12%) were thought to be the least important.

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 50% of Liberal/National voters, 47% of Labor voters and 36% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in October, there has been a decrease in the rating of the importance of relations for all countries – especially United Kingdom and Indonesia (both down 10%).

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%).

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

Nov 14, 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 28 Mar Change
New Zealand 61% 31% 5% 3% 69% -8
United States 55% 37% 4% 3% 60% -5
China 48% 44% 5% 3% 48%
United Kingdom 47% 43% 7% 3% 56% -9
Japan 32% 53% 11% 4% 39% -7
Indonesia 27% 49% 19% 5% 31% -4
India 23% 48% 24% 6% 26% -3
Germany 18% 44% 32% 6% 23% -5
South Africa 12% 37% 42% 8% 16% -4

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (61%) and the United States (55%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with the China (48%) and the United Kingdom (47%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 60% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 42% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in March, there have been substantial decreases in the rating of the importance of relations with New Zealand (-8%), United Kingdom (-9%) and Japan (-7%). The importance of relations with all other listed countries has also fallen a little – with the exception of China which is unchanged. China is now ranked above United Kingdom in importance.

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Change in Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 14, 2011

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

Change
China 35% 48% 9% 8% 32% +3
New Zealand 33% 57% 3% 8% 37% -4
Japan 24% 59% 7% 9% 26% -2
India 23% 50% 16% 12% 19% +4
Indonesia 23% 48% 20% 10% 21% +2
Germany 20% 58% 10% 12% 18% +2
United Kingdom 19% 67% 7% 7% 25% -6
United States 18% 63% 12% 7% 24% -6
South Africa 14% 58% 14% 14% 13% +1

35% think that Australia’s relationship with China should get closer and 33% think our relationship with New Zealand should get closer.

Labor voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (41%) and New Zealand (37%).

Liberal/National voters are also most likely to favour closer relationships with China (34%) and New Zealand (29%).

Greens voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (47%), Indonesia (40%) and China (31%).

Since this question was asked in March, the percentage wanting a closer relationship with the United Kingdom and the United States has declined 6%.

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Importance of Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 15, 2010

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 April 10 Change
United States 56% 34% 5% 4% 59% -3
New Zealand 54% 36% 6% 5% 56% -2
China 45% 44% 5% 6% 51% -6
United Kingdom 44% 43% 9% 4% 46% -2
Japan 30% 53% 10% 7% 40% -10
Indonesia 30% 48% 15% 7% 39% -9
India 24% 45% 23% 8% 27% -3
Germany 15% 43% 34% 9% 18% -3
South Africa 12% 35% 43% 10% 12%

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the United States (56%) and New Zealand (54%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with China (45%) and United Kingdom (44%).

A close relationship with the United Sates is considered very important by 65% of Liberal/National voters and 62% of Labor voters but only 37% of Greens voters. Greens voters consider relations with New Zealand (58%) and China (47%) more important.

Since this question was asked in April, the overall rating of the importance of relations with other countries has dropped – especially for Japan (-10%) and Indonesia (-9%).

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Change in Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 15, 2010

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 April 10 Change
China 30% 50% 9% 11% 33% -3
New Zealand 29% 58% 3% 11% 33% -4
Indonesia 23% 49% 15% 13% 30% -7
India 22% 50% 14% 14% 24% -2
Japan 21% 58% 8% 13% 24% -3
United States 20% 60% 11% 10% 24% -4
United Kingdom 20% 63% 7% 10% 24% -4
Germany 14% 62% 9% 15% 16% -2
South Africa 11% 59% 14% 16% 13% -2

30% think that Australia’s relationship with China should get closer and 29% think our relationship with New Zealand should get closer.

Labor voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (32%) and New Zealand (29%).

Liberal/National voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (29%) and China (28%).

Greens  voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (38%), Indonesia (36%) and New Zealand (36%).

Since this question was asked in April, the percentage wanting a closer relationship with Indonesia has dropped from 30% to 23%.

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