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Saturday 18 Aug 2018 | 22:38 | SYDNEY

Australians and Americans not quite eye to eye


Malcolm Cook

30 October 2008 12:11

The esteemed Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently published its poll results on American views of Asia, particularly Japan and China. These show some interesting parallels and differences from our own Lowy Poll. Also, both polls were carried out in July 2007, strengthening their comparability.


  • Australians and Americans both have noticeably warmer views towards Japan (64% for Australians and 59% for Americans) than towards China (56% and 41% respectively), with feelings towards Japan remaining largely consistent over the last few years, while those towards China experienced a moderate downturn.
  • A slight majority of respondents in both countries also support their country joining others to limit’s China’s rising influence. In the case of the Chicago poll, this question was narrowed to whether the US and Japan should work together to limit China’s growing power.


  • Americans clearly do no rate Indonesia as an important country for the US, with only 14% (the lowest rating for all countries listed) picking it as a country that is 'very important'. Egypt was deemed to be more important to the US than Indonesia, while Australia did not even make the list.
  • Echoing this difference in geography and worldview, Americans still see Europe as more important than Asia (54% to 42%), though this gap has been shrinking.