Australians’ trust in US plummets, Lowy Institute study finds

20 June 2018

Australians’ trust in US plummets, Lowy Institute study finds

Australians’ trust in the United States “to act responsibly in the world” has plummeted to an all-time low according to an annual poll conducted by the Lowy Institute, which showed that Donald Trump’s presidency has significantly changed their perception of Australia’s key security ally.

“At a time when world events are rapidly evolving and the global order appears to be shifting, Australians are placing their trust in Western allies and friends,” the Lowy report reads.

“The clear exception is the United States.”

The poll shows that since 2011, Australian’s faith in the United States to act responsibly has dropped from 83% to 55%, with only 30% of Australian’s having confidence in Mr Trump’s foreign policy.

“There is no question that Donald Trump’s presidency has eroded Australians’ trust and confidence in the United States as a responsible global actor,” said the Lowy Institute’s executive director, Michael Fullilove, adding: “Yet despite concerns about the current occupant of the White House, Australians’ support for the US alliance has held firm.”

Over three-quarters of Australians say the US alliance is either “very” or “fairly” important to Australia’s security.

Domestically, for the first time in the 14-year history of the Lowy poll, the majority of Australians — 54% — believe that immigration into the country is too high. The figures have risen by 14 points since last year, up from 40%, which is believed to reflect widespread debate about immigration policies, infrastructure in Australian cities, and housing prices.