Global and Economic Outlook

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This year’s Poll sought Australians’ views on the direction of the nation and the world, and repeated a question asked periodically since 2005 about Australia’s economic performance.

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Global and Economic Outlook

DIRECTION OF THE NATION / DIRECTION OF THE WORLD

The 2017 Poll included a new question seeking Australians’ views on the direction of the nation and of the world today. In 2017, Australians appear to be troubled about the direction of the world. Asked about ‘the way things are going in the world today’, 79% say they are dissatisfied. They are more divided on the direction of their own nation. Almost half (48%), are dissatisfied with ‘the way things are going in Australia today’, with 47% satisfied. The division is more pronounced when taking into account political persuasion. Liberal/Nationals/Coalition supporters were the only political grouping in which a majority (63%) said they were ‘satisfied’ with the way things are going in Australia today. They were also the group most satisfied about ‘the way things are going in in the world today’ (31% vs 13% of those supporting other political parties).

One Nation voters were the least satisfied group overall, with 73% dissatisfied with the way things are going in Australia today and 92% dissatisfied about the way things are going in the world today.

ECONOMIC OPTIMISM

Optimism about the Australian economy has lifted for the second consecutive year after bouncing back in 2016 from a sharp decline in 2015. This year, 74% of Australians are optimistic about ‘Australia’s economic performance in the world in the next five years, up four points since 2016 and 11 points since 2015 when public optimism about the performance of the Australian economy in the world dropped to its lowest level since our first Poll in 2005.

However, the overall level of optimism in 2017 is still 12 points lower than its peak at the height of the financial crisis during 2009–10, when 86% of Australians were optimistic about the future of Australia’s economy.

Despite this year’s lift in optimism overall, the proportion of Australians who are very optimistic about the economy remains at 9%, unchanged since 2015.

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Direction of the Nation / Direction of the World

Overall, are you satisfied with the way things are going in Australia today? And turning to the situation in the world, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the world today?


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Global and Economic Outlook

DIRECTION OF THE NATION / DIRECTION OF THE WORLD

The 2017 Poll included a new question seeking Australians’ views on the direction of the nation and of the world today. In 2017, Australians appear to be troubled about the direction of the world. Asked about ‘the way things are going in the world today’, 79% say they are dissatisfied. They are more divided on the direction of their own nation. Almost half (48%), are dissatisfied with ‘the way things are going in Australia today’, with 47% satisfied. The division is more pronounced when taking into account political persuasion. Liberal/Nationals/Coalition supporters were the only political grouping in which a majority (63%) said they were ‘satisfied’ with the way things are going in Australia today. They were also the group most satisfied about ‘the way things are going in in the world today’ (31% vs 13% of those supporting other political parties).

One Nation voters were the least satisfied group overall, with 73% dissatisfied with the way things are going in Australia today and 92% dissatisfied about the way things are going in the world today.

ECONOMIC OPTIMISM

Optimism about the Australian economy has lifted for the second consecutive year after bouncing back in 2016 from a sharp decline in 2015. This year, 74% of Australians are optimistic about ‘Australia’s economic performance in the world in the next five years, up four points since 2016 and 11 points since 2015 when public optimism about the performance of the Australian economy in the world dropped to its lowest level since our first Poll in 2005.

However, the overall level of optimism in 2017 is still 12 points lower than its peak at the height of the financial crisis during 2009–10, when 86% of Australians were optimistic about the future of Australia’s economy.

Despite this year’s lift in optimism overall, the proportion of Australians who are very optimistic about the economy remains at 9%, unchanged since 2015.

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Economic optimism

Overall, how optimistic are you about Australia’s economic performance in the world over the next five years?


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    • Hover cursor over chart segments to view data. Click responses in the legend to switch individual results on and off.