Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 10

Jul 12

Jan 14

Too tough

25%

37%

6%

79%

25%

7%

12%

22%

Too soft

28%

28%

29%

15%

33%

63%

60%

25%

Taking the right approach

34%

16%

60%

4%

38%

18%

11%

35%

Don’t know

13%

19%

5%

3%

4%

12%

17%

18%

28% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 25% think they are too tough and 34% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in January, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased slightly from 22% to 25% – while too soft has also increased slightly from 25% to 28%. Those unable to give an opinion has dropped from 18% to 13%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (60%) and aged 55+ (48%).

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

Whether asylum seekers are genuine refugees

Jan 21, 2014

Q. As far as you know, are most asylum seekers arriving by in Australia boat genuine refugees or are most of them not genuine refugees?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Most of them are genuine refugees

30%

41%

18%

67%

24%

Most of them are not genuine refugees

47%

39%

59%

18%

54%

Don’t know

23%

20%

23%

15%

22%

47% of respondents believe that most asylum seekers arriving by boat are not genuine refugees – 30% believe most are genuine refugees.

Those more likely to think most are not genuine refugees were Liberal/National voters (59%), aged 45+ (55%) and those who had not completed secondary education (58%). Those more likely to think most are genuine refugees were  Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (41%) and those with university education (36%).

Treatment of asylum seekers

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Which of the following comes is closest to your view?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees

26%

20%

36%

8%

27%

Asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees

46%

52%

35%

72%

51%

Asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees

15%

13%

19%

4%

17%

All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia whether they are genuine refugees or not

3%

5%

1%

7%

1%

Don’t know

10%

10%

9%

9%

4%

46% think that asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees and 26% think all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees. Only 15% think asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees.

Those more likely to think they should be sent back to the country they came from were Liberal/National voters (36%), aged 55+ (32%) and those that had not completed secondary education (41%).

Those more likely to think they should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees were Greens voters (72%), Labor voters (52%) and those with university education (55%).

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 10

Jul 12

Too tough

22%

37%

3%

68%

16%

7%

12%

Too soft

25%

23%

23%

14%

41%

63%

60%

Taking the right approach

35%

19%

61%

5%

25%

18%

11%

Don’t know

18%

21%

13%

13%

18%

12%

17%

25% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 22% think they are too tough and 35% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in July 2012, those thinking the Governmemnt are too tough has increased from 12% to 22% – while too soft has declined from 60% to 25% and taking the right approach increased from 11% to 35%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (61%) and aged 55+ (47%).

Information about asylum seeker boat arrivals

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Under previous Governments the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has issued statements whenever an asylum-seeker boat arrived. Do you approve or disapprove of the Abbott Government’s decision to stop providing this information about the arrival of asylum-seeker boats?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

39%

16%

67%

13%

Total disapprove

48%

75%

21%

74%

Strongly approve

16%

5%

31%

7%

Approve

23%

11%

36%

6%

Disapprove

16%

20%

15%

13%

Strongly disapprove

32%

55%

6%

61%

Don’t know

13%

9%

12%

12%

39% approve of the Abbott Government’s decision to stop providing information about the arrival of asylum-seeker boats and 48% disapprove.

Views are strongly associated with political party preference – 75% of Labor voters and 74% of Greens voters disapprove while 67% of Liberal/National voters approve.

Importance of asylum seeker issue

Jul 29, 2013

Q. How important is the asylum seeker issue of in deciding which party you will vote for in the Federal election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

17 Jun 13

The most important issue

7%

6%

8%

4%

6%

One of the most important issues

28%

27%

31%

34%

28%

Quite important but not as important as other issues

35%

40%

36%

33%

37%

Not very important

16%

16%

16%

19%

14%

Not at all important

8%

7%

8%

9%

10%

Don’t know

6%

4%

1%

1%

5%

35% of respondents think the asylum seeker issue is the most important or one of the most important election issues.

39% of Liberal/National voters think it is one of or the most important issues.

Labor Party policies

Jul 8, 2013

Q. Under Kevin Rudd’s leadership, do you think the Labor Party should dump, change or keep their policies on the following issues?

 

Dump

Keep

Change

Don’t know

Handling of asylum seekers

21%

10%

51%

17%

Building the NBN

14%

50%

15%

15%

The mining tax

29%

30%

24%

18%

The carbon tax

39%

25%

23%

13%

The Gonski education reforms

15%

44%

16%

25%

The NDIS

7%

59%

9%

25%

Respondents were most likely to think the Labor Party under Kevin Rudd should keep the NDIS (59%), building the NBN (50%) and the Gonski reforms (44%).

51% think it should change the policies around handling asylum seekers and 39% think it should dump the carbon tax. Opinions were divided over the mining tax – 30% keep, 29% dump and 24% change.

Labor voters were most in favour of keeping the NBN (78%), the mining tax (47%), the carbon tax (39%), the Gonski reforms (67%) and the NDIS (74%) but favoured changing the policy on asylum seekers (56%).

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