Public opinion

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Research report

12 Mar 2018

This report argues that if the major parties and politicians want to rebuild trust with voters, they will need to change the way they do politics: stop misusing their entitlements, strengthen political donations laws, tighten regulation of lobbyists, and slow the revolving door between political...

Research report

20 Feb 2018

As the UK and the EU move to the next stage of the Article 50 negotiations, the UK faces a fundamental choice over the type of country it wants to be post-Brexit.

Discussion paper

10 Jan 2018

Australia has fallen six positions on the international Corruption Perception Index since 2012, and recent polling shows 85% of Australians think there is corruption in federal politics.

Research report

29 Nov 2017

In its tenth year, the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion report has reinforced Australia’s consistently high level of support for immigration and cultural diversity.

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2017

This discussion paper draws on modelling by coal industry analysts, which shows that a big expansion of coal exports from the Galilee Basin would have a major impact on coal production from coal mines in the Bowen and Surat basins in southern Queensland.


9 Nov 2017

The Australian government will shortly publish a foreign policy white paper. This report summarises the main issues raised by individuals and organisations who participated in consultations for the white paper.


9 Oct 2017

Most Australians support a Clean Energy Target and they want it to build renewables, including most voters for the Coalition and One Nation, according to this polling.

Journal article

1 Oct 2017

This article describes the first scholarly empirical study of public attitudes tobankruptcy to be conducted in any jurisdiction.


Understanding Australian attitudes to the world
21 Jun 2017

The 2017 Poll is the thirteenth annual poll by the Lowy Institute. As always, the poll has incorporated a broad range of questions about some of our most important relationships, including those with the United States and China, and asked Australians to consider how much...

Video podcast

20 Mar 2017

This episode of Q&A Extra continues the discussion on fake news.



23 Feb 2017

Journalists literally 'make' news. They do not find it. They do not publish transcripts of reality. Even in their best efforts, they would not provide a copy of reality, but reality in a frame, reality enhanced, reality reconfigured by being heightened on a page or...


6 Dec 2016

Between June and September 2016, over 17,000 people in 16 countries were asked to share their views on a range of issues relating to war.

Key findings

People living in countries affected by war believe the law matters. Over two thirds of...

Journal article

19 Oct 2016

Abstract Most people strongly believe they are just, virtuous, and moral; yet regard the average person as distinctly less so. This invites accusations of irrationality in moral judgment and perception—but direct evidence of irrationality is absent. Here, we quantify this irrationality and compare it...

Research report

10 Oct 2016


Maintaining national security in an age of terrorism means that we, as citizens, are asked to relinquish certain individual rights and liberties in the name of public safety. Whether it is the retention of our telecommunications activities, ability to walk around our...


4 Oct 2016

Between 16 Sept and 28 Sept 2016, the Australia Institute conducted a national survey of 1443 people selected to form a representative sample by gender, age and state. Results are shown here by gender, location, House of Representatives voting intention and income. Options were presented...


29 Jun 2016


The Australia Institute commissioned polling on a number of issues relating to refugee issues. In brief:

- 61% said that Australia should accept New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. This included 58% of Coalition voters...



21 Jun 2016

2016 marks the twelfth year of the annual Lowy Institute Poll. In a year of elections − the Australian election, the US presidential election and the selection of a new UN Secretary-General − the 2016 Poll has findings on how Australians feel about each of...

Discussion paper

13 Jun 2016

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent.


Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their...

Research report

9 Jun 2016


At a time when China is making clear its strategic regional ambitions and when a tumultuous US presidential campaign is raising concerns about the United States policy, there is a great interest throughout the Asia-Pacific in the role of the United States...