USA military action in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

34%

49%

24%

36%

Total disapprove

31%

35%

24%

35%

41%

Strongly approve

11%

13%

13%

1%

9%

Approve

28%

21%

36%

23%

27%

Disapprove

20%

23%

16%

17%

27%

Strongly disapprove

11%

12%

8%

18%

14%

Don’t know

30%

31%

26%

42%

21%

39% would approve of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq and 31% would disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (49%) and men (48%). Labor voters were split (34% approve/35% disapprove) while Greens voters were more likely to disapprove (24% approve/35% disapprove).

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%).

US Heading in Right/Wrong Direction

Oct 15, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think the United States is heading in the right direction/wrong direction? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Right direction

39%

46%

37%

45%

Wrong direction

23%

18%

29%

19%

Don’t know

38%

36%

34%

36%

39% think the US is heading in the right direction, 23% in the wrong direction and 38% don’t know.

46% of Labor voters and 45% of Greens voters think the US is heading in the right direction, while 29% of Liberal/National voters think it is heading in the wrong direction.

Nothing to Barack about

Nov 16, 2010

First Published on The Drum 16/11/2010

If the mid-term drubbings and G20 currency fisticuffs with China are not enough, Barack Obama will return home with more bad news: Australians think his nation has lost its mojo.

While Julia Gillard and entourage were all smiles at the official photo call, they politely chose not to disclose they were representing a nation that thinks the USA is in decline.

In fact, 60 per cent of all surveyed in this week’s Essential Report see the American Empire’s influence becoming weaker, with just 20 per cent believing the USA’s influence on the world is on the rise.

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Influence of the USA

Nov 15, 2010

Q. Do you think the influence of the United States in the world is becoming stronger or weaker?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total stronger 20% 23% 17% 20%
Total weaker 60% 56% 63% 73%
Much stronger 7% 8% 5% 4%
A little stronger 13% 15% 12% 16%
A little weaker 50% 49% 54% 52%
Much weaker 10% 7% 9% 21%
No change 14% 14% 16% 6%
Don’t know 7% 5% 5% 1%

The majority (60%) think that the influence of the United States in the world is becoming weaker – only 20% think it is becoming stronger.

72% of those aged 55+ think it is becoming weaker (and 15% stronger) while 27% of those aged under 35 think it is becoming stronger (and 46% weaker).

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