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Most Australian voters still wary of globalisation – but we’re slowly becoming more positive

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, April 2012 – March 2013 n = 18,205 Australian Electors, and April 2015 – March 2016 n = 13,437 Australian Electors

The majority of Australian Electors (55.6%) believe that the problems wrought by globalisation outweigh the benefits—down from 59.4% three years ago, Roy Morgan Research shows.

The gradual decline in anti-globalisation sentiment has been driven largely by Liberal voters coming around to the advantages of international integration and co-operation: in the 12 months to March 2013, 62.4% agreed that “globalisation brings more problems than it solves”; in the latest year to March 2016, this had fallen almost six percentage points to 56.6% of Liberal voters.  

The sharpest decline in anti-globalisation has been among National Party voters, with the proportion who agree it brings more problems than it solves down almost 10 percentage points over the period from 70.0% to 60.4%. However they remain the most wary of globalisation.

The overall view among ALP voters hasn’t moved much over the last few years: 55.1% agree, down less than 1% point since 2013.

Greens voters were, and remain, the only group of electors with a positive attitude toward globalisation—and that sentiment has strengthened. A minority (45.9%) believe globalisation brings more problems than it solves, down from 48.6% before the last Federal Election.

% of Australian Voters who agree “globalisation brings more problems than it solves”

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, April 2012 – March 2013 n = 18,205 Australian Electors, and April 2015 – March 2016 n = 13,437 Australian Electors

Michele Levine – CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Fewer Australians now agree that globalisation brings more problems than it solves –although it remains a majority view.

“Only Greens voters are more likely than not to believe that the pros of our shrinking world and increased international interdependence outweigh the cons.

“Many of us rate the impacts of (our own interpretation of) ‘globalisation’ at a personal level: from how our super fund is performing or how safe our jobs are, to the price of imported goods in the supermarket and geo-blocking on Netflix.

“With Brexit unfolding, a contentious US election on the horizon, and the next Federal Parliament due to debate the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership within the next term, it will be interesting to see how sentiment toward globalisation fares among the general population—and how important the issue becomes.” 

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. Margin of error gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

1,000

±3.0

±2.7

±1.9

±1.3

5,000

±1.4

±1.2

±0.8

±0.6

7,500

±1.1

±1.0

±0.7

±0.5

10,000

±1.0

±0.9

±0.6

±0.4

20,000

±0.7

±0.6

±0.4

±0.3

50,000

±0.4

±0.4

±0.3

±0.2