32 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015
Date Written: August 27, 2015
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: 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