Most Australians concerned about Trump presidency – Ipsos Poll

  • Majority of Australians opposed to Trump’s election as President of the United States
  • Most think his presidency will negatively affect the US, the world and Australian economies, relations between Australia and the US, and world security
  • Australians split on which party would be best placed to manage our relationship with Donald Trump

The majority of Australians are opposed to Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States and believe it will have a variety of negative effects, a new Australian study by Ipsos* has revealed.

Two thirds (66%) of Australians interviewed were opposed to Donald Trump’s election as President of the US, with females (75%) and young Australians (18-24 years) at 81% being more likely to oppose his Presidency.

The survey also found that most think his presidency will have a negative impact. When asked if they think things will be better or worse with Donald Trump as President, Ipsos found:

  • 62% felt the US would be worse off (41% much worse);
  • 63% felt the world economy would be worse off (36% much worse);
  • 59% felt the Australian economy would be worse off (26% much worse); and
  • 58% felt relations between Australia and the US would be worse (23% much worse).

Further, there was concern over Trump’s effect on world security, with 59% suggesting the world will be a less safe place with Donald Trump as President of the US. Interestingly, 14% felt the world would be safer and 27% felt there would be no difference.

While 45% believed the Liberal National Coalition would be most capable of managing our relationship with Donald Trump, 22% suggested the ALP would be most capable, while 14% suggested One Nation would be most capable.

Aside from concerns over the effects on our economy and our relationship with the US, Australians also believe that Donald Trump’s election as President of the US will affect local politics, with 62% believing we will see a rise in politicians and parties with similar views to Trump.

Commenting on the findings, Ipsos Social Research Institute Director – NSW, David Elliott, said:
“This survey shows that Australians’ immediate reaction to Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States is quite negative. They are concerned about what he will do and its impact on the world and Australia.

“We watched as the Brits voted out of Europe and now we’ve seen the US vote in someone that most never thought had a chance of being elected President of the US. Both Brexit and the US election results were driven by citizen desire for change and for politicians to not only listen but to act. With many believing the US result might impact Australian politics, it looks like Australians are not only wondering ‘what next?’ and but what could happen locally.”

Notes to editors:

Results available from www.ipsos.com.au/infobite-trump/
* Ipsos interviewed 921 adults aged 18 – 80 years across Australia, online, on the evening of 10 November and the morning of 11 November 2016. Data is weighted to the known population profile.