Australian views

June 6th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Some very interesting data in the annual poll by the Lowy Institute on views held by Australians. Some extracts:

  • 31% say best friend in Asia is China, 28% Japan, 12% Singapore. I wonder how Kiwis would answer that question?
  • 65% say acceptable for to spy on China, and 51% say on New Zealand.
  • The biggest critical threats to Australia’s vital interests are terrorism 65%, nuclear proliferation 64%, Iran’s nuclear programme 53%, cyber attacks 51%, asylum seekers 48%, climate change 46%
  • 71% support the Government turning back boats, when safe to do so. 59% support off shore processing. 42% support an outright ban on asylum seekers coming by boat being allowed to settle in Australia
  • Given a polar choice, 53% would choose a good democracy and 42% a strong economy if it is one but not the other.
  • 52% say alliance with US is very important and 78% say very or fairly important
  • On a warmth scale from 0 to 100, NZ is country Australians feel most warm about at 84 degrees. North Korea is bottom at 29 degrees. Obviously Gareth Morgan needs to do a tour of Australia extolling how great they are. Canada is 81, US 71, France 71, Japan 67, China 60.
  • Only 22% say Australia should be its current population of 23 million, or less. 42% say target should be 30 million, and 34% say 40 million or more.
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8 Responses to “Australian views”

  1. Andrew (82 comments) says:

    The Asia NZ Foundation survey of New Zealanders includes the same warmth scale. The contrast between NZ and Australia is always interesting. NZers feel warmer than Australians do toward people from Japan (72) and China (67).

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    52% say alliance with US is very important and 78% say very or fairly important

    These figures are impossible in NZ. Unfortunately, too many years of left-wing ideology and brainwashing have produced a strong anti-American sentiment.

    Comrade Helen Clark and communists of her generation have a lot to answer for.

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  3. redqueen (521 comments) says:

    @Manolo

    I’m not sure leg-wing ideology is to blame to anti-American sentiment. They manage to piss people off and garner bad-will even among us right-wing people.

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  4. Hugh Pavletich (115 comments) says:

    Let’s see how warm the Aussies are to the Chinese going forward, as more information comes to light on China’s financial arrangements / culture. Check out the Zerohedge postings at … ASX at the close | | MacroBusiness Australia …

    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2014/06/asx-at-the-close-285/

    One suspects that even the lefties will find the USA (with all its faults) considerably more attractive going forward. Pity we didn’t learn from what the late great Prof Paul Callaghan had to say … do watch this if you haven’t already done so …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhCAyIllnXY

    Just churning out logs and dairy products is not clever.

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  5. ross411 (296 comments) says:

    The biggest critical threats to Australia’s vital interests? Their politicians have done much more damage than the terrorists. And so it will continue.

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  6. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    NZers feel warmer than Australians do toward people from Japan (72) and China (67).

    I’m surprised that Australians’ warmth to Japan is as high as it is considering what the Japanese did to them. Perhaps that is because of the innate ability for people to forgive, and that it’s a couple of generations ago now.

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  7. Other_Andy (2,515 comments) says:

    The biggest critical ……… climate change 46%

    Shows that brainwashing works.

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  8. Bob R (1,357 comments) says:

    Also a big endorsement of the Government’s approach to boat invasions.

    “In a strong endorsement of the Government’s “Sovereign Borders” policy, 71% of Australians agree that the government should turn back boats when safe to do so.”

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