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Australian Public Opinion About Foreign Aid, 2011–2015

32 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015  

Camilla Burkot

Australian National University (ANU) - Development Policy Centre

Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: August 27, 2015

Abstract

What does the Australian public think about foreign aid? This Discussion Paper collates and summarises survey and omnibus poll data collected between 2011 and 2015 on a range of topics related to Australian foreign aid. These include opinions related to the value and objectives of foreign aid, cuts to the aid budget, and knowledge about aid volumes. Overall, the findings suggest that most Australians support the government giving aid, though only a small proportion actually know how much foreign aid Australia gives, and many are in favour of reducing the aid budget. The paper also considers how the wording and framing of survey questions might affect Australians’ professed support for aid, and outlines areas for future research.

Keywords: Foreign aid, ODA, public opinion, public perception, Australia

JEL Classification: F35, C42

Suggested Citation

Burkot, Camilla and Wood, Terence, Australian Public Opinion About Foreign Aid, 2011–2015 (August 27, 2015). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652559 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2652559

Camilla Burkot (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Development Policy Centre ( email )

Building 132, Lennox Crossing
Acton
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

7 Liversidge Street
Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia

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