The Lowy Institute conducts annual poll to broaden and deepen the debate about Australia’s foreign policy.
The poll includes 'feelings thermometer', which measures Australians' feelings towards a range of other countries on a scale of 0° in temperature (coldest feelings) to 100° (warmest feelings).
These countries have played a prominent role in world events during the year and/or are important to Australia, for strategic, geopolitical, cultural or economic reasons.
17. North Korea
Australians' feelings towards Iran and Afghanistan were regarded with a similar coldness in 2014.
Iran and Afghanistan were not included in the latest poll. In 2014, they were rated at a cool 39° and 38° respectively. Many Australians considered Iran's nuclear program posed a critical threat to Australia's vital interests in the next ten years.
Feelings towards Russia is at all time low (45°).
The downing of MH17, which killed 298 people including 38 Australians, has a significant impact on how Australians feel towards Russia.
Also, 67% say they don't admire President Vladimir Putin.
Feelings towards Indonesia is at a cold 46°.
The execution of two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, for drug-trafficking offences was a major blow to the relationship between Australia and Indonesia.
Australia's ambassador to Indonesia was recalled to Australia after the execution.
Australians' feelings towards Egypt is at a cold 48°.
Australian journalist, Peter Greste, was imprisoned for over a year in Egypt before he was deported earlier this year.
Australians feelings towards Turkey is at an ambivalent 53°.
Turkey will preside this year's G20, which Australia is a member of.
Australia was not represented at this year's centenary commemorations of the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks.
Australians feelings towards PNG is at a warmish 58°.
A vast majority of Australians agree that stability in PNG is important to Australia's national interest.
More than half disagree that PNG is taking asylum seekers on Manus Island because it wants to help Australia.
The detention centre for refugees on the island has been subjected to scrutiny since it was reopened in 2012. In February 2014, an Iranian inmate died after a riot broke out. There have also been numerous reports of human rights abuse.
Recently, the Australian Border Force Act came into effect. Under the Act, it is a criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment of up to two years, for any person working for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to reveal to the media or any other person or organisation (the only exceptions being the Immigration Department and other Commonwealth agencies, police, coroners) anything that happens in detention centres like Manus Island.
2. United Kingdom
1. New Zealand
At 83°, New Zealand is the country most warmly regarded by Australians in 2015.
New Zealand has topped the chart on every occasion.