Global and Economic Outlook
DIRECTION OF THE NATION / DIRECTION OF THE WORLD
The 2018 Poll repeated a question from 2017 seeking Australians’ views on the direction of the nation and of the world today. In 2018, Australians appear to be just as troubled about the direction of the world as they were in 2017. Asked about ‘the way things are going in the world today’, 78% say they are dissatisfied (almost unchanged from 79% in 2017). They remain more divided on the direction of their own nation. Almost half (46%, from 48% in 2017), are dissatisfied with ‘the way things are going in Australia today’, with 49% satisfied (from 47% in 2017).
The division is slightly more pronounced when taking into account political persuasion. A majority of Liberal/Nationals/Coalition supporters (59%), Greens supporters (55%), as well as a bare majority of Labor supporters (50%) said they were ‘satisfied’ with the way things are going in Australia today. Liberal/Nationals/Coalition supporters (21%) and Greens supporters (19%) were also the most satisfied about ‘the way things are going in in the world today’ (vs 14% of Labor supporters.)
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, unchanged since 2017.
WORLD’S LEADING ECONOMIC POWER
This year’s Poll repeated a question last asked in 2011, seeking Australian’s opinions on the world’s leading economic power. More than half (55%) say China, while just 29% view the United States as the world’s largest economy, and very few (7%) say the ‘countries of the European Union.’ This is despite the European Union having the second-largest GDP, on an exchange rate basis, after the United States and ahead of China.