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:) They may be arch enemies on the sports field, but Australians still like Poms and Kiwis more than Yanks and other foreigners, a survey has found.


Americans came third in the Crosby-Textor Mood of the Nation poll but fell short on questions of trust and worldliness.


Indonesians did not fare very well - the close neighbours being ranked second last of the 15 nations respondents were asked about.


The United Kingdom scored highest overall among Australians with a country index rating of 79, just ahead of New Zealand on 78.3 and the United States 63.4.


Saudi Arabia ranked last with 18.1, behind Indonesia on 22.3.


New Zealanders topped four out of the seven categories - the most likeable (90 per cent), shared the same values (88 per cent) and honest and trustworthy (79 per cent).


The UK scored well on most questions with the country considered best at fighting corruption (65 per cent) and in tune with world events (84 per cent).


Australians believed the US was an important trading partner (89 per cent) and thought Americans likeable (76 per cent) but not so honest and trustworthy (49 per cent).


Only 50 per cent thought Americans were in tune with events outside their own country.


"People have mixed views about the United States but this poll shows why it's just not valid to simply describe Australians as either anti-American or pro-American," Crosby-Textor joint managing director Mark Textor said.


"It's a lot more sophisticated than that."


The survey found Australians did not consider Indonesians reliable (seven per cent), trustworthy (11 per cent) or shared their values (seven per cent).


Forty-seven per cent thought them likeable.


China was considered an important trading partner (83 per cent) but only 12 per cent thought they shared the same values as Australians.


The poll was conducted among 501 people aged over 18 from August 26-30.


Positive views about living in Australia dominated the other part of the research, with happiness (87 per cent), opportunity (83 per cent) and pride (83 per cent) the top-ranked emotions.


The highest of negative emotions were frustration (33 per cent) and complacency (32 per cent).


Anger (18 per cent) and shame (14 per cent) were at the bottom of the table.


Source: AAP News

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