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Australians are losing trust in the US, a new poll shows

Donald Trump in Washington, DC on Monday. Source: Getty

The Lowy Institute Poll, now in its 14th year, has found that Australians are increasingly losing trust in the US and our alliance.

Australians are starting to lose trust in the US and the man in charge is most likely to blame, according to a new poll.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll - released on Wednesday - asked 1,200 Australians about a series of national and international issues.

Asked how much they trust a range of countries to "act responsibly in the world", the poll found that just 55 per cent of adult Australians said they trust the US either "a great deal" or "somewhat".

Donald Trump is less popular than China's President Xi Jinping.
Donald Trump is less popular than China's President Xi Jinping.
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This is a six-point fall since 2017, a substantial 28-point drop since 2011.

A statement from the institute said it was the "the lowest level of trust in the United States in Lowy Institute Poll history".

The numbers seem to suggest that President Donald Trump is at least partly to blame.

Only 30 per cent of Australians either have "a lot" or "some confidence" in Mr Trump "to do the right thing regarding world affairs", placing him behind many other world leaders including China's President Xi and India's Prime Minister Modi.

Worries about Chinese investment

Each year, the Lowy poll gauges Australians opinions on issues ranging from terrorism to climate change to economic concerns.

But in a statement about this year's report, one area, in particular, was highlighted.

"There has been a sharp rise in the proportion of the Australian population who say the Australian government is "allowing too much investment from China", the statement said.

This number has risen from 56 per cent in 2014 to 72 per cent this year.

For the first time in Lowy Institute polling, a majority - 54 per cent - of Australians say the "total number of migrants coming to Australia each year" is too high.

And Australians also appear to feel far less safe than in years past.

"Feelings of safety remain at their lowest point in our 14-year polling history," the Institute said.

Only 18 per cent of Australians feel "very safe" compared to 42 per cent in 2010.

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