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The 2021 Lowy Institute Poll, conducted at this remarkable moment, captures unprecedented shifts in Australian views of the world around us, including about the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States, China and climate change.

Australia is also looking with renewed purpose to partners and friends in our region. In the year that Quad leaders first met as a foursome, Australians’ trust in both Japan and India has increased. The majority of Australians, traditionally sceptical of foreign aid, want to help Pacific and Southeast Asian countries to access COVID vaccines.

As well as the annual Lowy Institute Poll, this report incorporates Climate Poll 2021, a survey that asked Australians about their views on climate change policy. Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, the vast majority of Australians want to see further action taken on climate change. They are also moving decisively away from coal. Most say Australia is doing too little to address climate change, but they are even more critical of perceived climate inaction by China, India and the United States.

In this its seventeenth year, the Lowy Institute Poll continues to chart how Australians feel about the world and its challenges, including COVID, China and climate change.

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