Question

Now thinking about Australian politics. What mark out of ten would you personally give the Labor government in Canberra for its performance in handling each of the following issues — with 10 meaning it has done an excellent job, 5 an average job and 0 a very poor job?

  1. 0
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. 6
  5. 8
Maintaining a strong alliance with the United States
7.1
6.6
Managing Australia’s relations with Pacific Islands countries
5.8
Managing Australia’s relations with Southeast Asian countries
5.7
Maintaining a capable defence force
5.3
Managing Australia's approach to climate change
5.3
4.8
Managing Australia's economy
5.7
5.0
Managing Australia's relationship with China
5.8
5.3
Promoting and defending human rights internationally
4.9
Responding to the Israel-Hamas war
4.2

Scores represent the mean of weighted responses.

  • 2023
  • 2024
Total
All groups

Observation

Almost two years into the Labor government’s term in office, Australians were asked to give a score out of ten for its handling of a number of issues. Once again, Australians awarded the government its highest mark for ‘maintaining a strong alliance with the United States’ (6.6 out of 10).

Australians were moderately positive about the government’s management of relations with the Pacific Islands (5.8) and Southeast Asia (5.7).

On the question of the government ‘maintaining a capable defence force’, Australians were slightly less positive (5.3), as they were on its management of the relationship with China (5.3) — down from 5.8 in 2023, notwithstanding the re-engagement between the two governments. The government received an average score (5.0) for management of the economy, down from 5.7 last year.

Australians marked the government hardest on ‘responding to the Israel–Hamas war’ (4.2), ‘managing Australia’s approach to climate change’ (4.8), and ‘promoting and defending human rights internationally’ (4.9).

In 2021, the last time this question was asked of a Coalition government, Australians also awarded the highest marks for maintaining the US alliance (7.1). The then Coalition government scored a higher rating than the current Labor government for managing Australia’s economy (6.6), and slightly lower ratings for managing the relationship with China (5.1) and Australia’s approach to climate change (4.6).

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