Polling | 28 May 2010

The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll

New questions in the sixth annual Lowy Poll of Australian public opinion cover the Rudd Government’s handling of foreign policy, whether Australia should develop nuclear weapons, attitudes towards Indonesia and US power, sanctions against Fiji, and the morality of Australia’s foreign policy.

The nationally representative poll also repeated questions asked in previous years on topics such as climate change, Australia’s military involvement in Afghanistan, and attitudes towards the United States and China.

  • Fergus Hanson

New questions in the sixth annual Lowy Poll of Australian public opinion cover the Rudd Government’s handling of foreign policy, whether Australia should develop nuclear weapons, attitudes towards Indonesia and US power, sanctions against Fiji, and the morality of Australia’s foreign policy.

The nationally representative poll also repeated questions asked in previous years on topics such as climate change, Australia’s military involvement in Afghanistan, and attitudes towards the United States and China.

  • Fergus Hanson

Key Findings

  • 84% of Australians are against Australia developing nuclear weapons
  • 74% of Australians say Australia’s relationship with India has been damaged following the attacks on Indian students
  • Australians gave the government a mark of just six out of ten for responding to the Global Economic Crisis