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Oct 26, 2021
Essential Research

Immigration levels

Q. Do you think the levels of immigration into Australia over the past ten years have been…?

Oct’21 Jan’19 Apr’18 Oct’16
Much too low 5% 4% 1% 4%
A little too low 11% 7% 4% 8%
About right 36% 26% 23% 28%
A little too high 17% 23% 27% 22%
Much too high 20% 33% 37% 28%
Don’t know 11% 6% 7% 10%
TOTAL: Too low 16% 12% 5% 12%
TOTAL: Too high 37% 56% 64% 50%
  • Significantly fewer people now think levels of immigration into Australia over the last decade have been too high, compared to January 2019 and prior.
  • Over a third (37%) of people now think immigration levels are too high, compared to 56% in January 2019, 64% in April 2018 and 50% in October 2016.
  • This is driven by an increase of people who think immigration levels are about right (36% from 26% in January 2019).
  • 16% of people now think immigration levels are too low.
Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Much too low 5% 6% 4% 6% 5% 4% 7% 3% 7% 7%
A little too low 11% 12% 10% 14% 8% 12% 13% 9% 16% 11%
About right 36% 37% 35% 40% 36% 34% 38% 39% 43% 31%
A little too high 17% 16% 17% 16% 17% 17% 16% 21% 9% 13%
Much too high 20% 20% 20% 13% 20% 26% 18% 23% 10% 28%
Don’t know 11% 8% 14% 11% 13% 8% 8% 5% 15% 9%
TOTAL: Too low 16% 18% 14% 20% 13% 15% 20% 12% 23% 19%
TOTAL: Too high 37% 37% 37% 29% 38% 43% 34% 44% 19% 41%
Base (n) 1,781 875 906 533 601 647 636 610 157 220
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely than younger cohorts to think immigration levels are too high (43% to 38% of those aged 35-54, and 29% of those aged 18-34). A quarter (26%) of those over 55 think the levels are much too high.
  • Among voters, Coalition voters (44%) are most likely to think immigration levels are too high, followed by minor and independent party voters (41%). Greens voters (19%) are least likely to think this. About a third (34%) of Labor voters think the levels are too high.
Oct 26, 2021
Essential Research

Views towards immigration

Q. The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet recently called for an increase in Australia’s immigration levels.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Increasing immigration levels would add more pressure on the housing system and infrastructure 63% 11% 31% 32% 25% 8% 4%
Immigration is vital for Australia’s business and economy 51% 20% 18% 33% 29% 11% 9%
Increasing immigration levels would equip businesses with the skilled workers they need to reopen as Covid-19 restrictions are eased 50% 22% 16% 33% 28% 13% 9%
Increasing immigration levels would help to address Australia’s growing skills shortages as the population ages 49% 22% 14% 35% 29% 13% 9%
Increasing immigration levels would create more competition for jobs and slow wage growth 48% 21% 18% 30% 31% 13% 7%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Increasing immigration levels would add more pressure on the housing system and infrastructure 63% 62% 64% 54% 65% 70% 66% 65% 59% 64%
Immigration is vital for Australia’s business and economy 51% 54% 48% 53% 50% 50% 56% 54% 60% 39%
Increasing immigration levels would equip businesses with the skilled workers they need to reopen as Covid-19 restrictions are eased 50% 52% 47% 50% 47% 51% 54% 52% 56% 42%
Increasing immigration levels would help to address Australia’s growing skills shortages as the population ages 49% 51% 46% 48% 46% 52% 53% 51% 57% 39%
Increasing immigration levels would create more competition for jobs and slow wage growth 48% 51% 45% 50% 50% 46% 51% 48% 45% 51%
Base (n) 1,781 875 906 533 601 647 636 610 157 220
  • Older cohorts are more likely to agree than younger groups that increasing immigration levels would add more pressure on the housing system and infrastructure. 70% of those over 55 agree with this statement, compared to 65% of those aged 35-54 and 54% of those aged 18-34. Agreement with this statement is consistent across voters.
  • Men are more likely than women to agree that immigration is vital for Australia’s business and economy (54% to 48% respectively).
  • Minor and independent party voters are least likely to agree that immigration is vital for Australia’s business and economy (39%), that increasing immigration levels would equip businesses with the skilled workers they need (42%), and help to address Australia’s growing skills shortages as the population ages (39%).
TOTAL: Agree People who say the levels of immigration have been

too low

People who say the levels of immigration have been

about right

People who say the levels of immigration have been

too high

Increasing immigration levels would add more pressure on the housing system and infrastructure 47% 62% 76%
Immigration is vital for Australia’s business and economy 74% 60% 34%
Increasing immigration levels would equip businesses with the skilled workers they need to reopen as Covid-19 restrictions are eased 77% 58% 34%
Increasing immigration levels would help to address Australia’s growing skills shortages as the population ages 75% 56% 34%
Increasing immigration levels would create more competition for jobs and slow wage growth 47% 48% 53%
Base (n) 277 645 694
  • Those who think immigration levels have been too high in the past decade are less likely to agree with the benefits and business need for immigration.
  • Those who think immigration levels have been too low are more likely to agree that immigration is vital for business and economy (74% to 60% ‘about right’ and 34% ‘too high’), and that increasing immigration levels would equip businesses with the skilled workers they need (77% to 58% and 34%), and help to address Australia’s growing skills shortages as the population ages (75% to 56% and 34%).
  • Those who think the levels are too high are more likely to think increasing levels would add more pressure on the housing system and infrastructure (76% to 47%).
Jan 15, 2019
Essential Research

Immigration and multiculturalism

Q. Do you think the levels of immigration into Australia over the past ten years has been…?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Apr 18
NET: Too high 56%   47% 67% 28% 77%   55% 57% 38% 58% 69% 64%
NET: Too low 12%   16% 5% 29% 3%   11% 12% 17% 11% 8% 5%
Much too high 33%   26% 37% 11% 57%   32% 34% 19% 35% 42% 37%
A little too high 23%   21% 30% 16% 20%   23% 23% 19% 23% 28% 27%
About right 26%   32% 25% 38% 16%   31% 22% 36% 24% 20% 23%
A little too low 7%   10% 4% 14% 2%   6% 8% 10% 7% 5% 4%
Much too low 4%   7% 1% 15% 1%   5% 4% 6% 4% 3% 1%
Don’t know 6%   5% 3% 6% 3%   3% 9% 9% 7% 3% 7%

Over half of Australians (56%) think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, but this has decreased from 64% in April 2018. 26% think it is about right and only 12% think it is too low.

Over 60% of Liberal/National voters (67%) think it is too high.

38% of people aged 18-35 think the immigration level is too high, this rises to 58% of 35-54 years olds and 69% among those aged over 55.

Jan 15, 2019
Essential Research

Statements about immigration and multiculturalism

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding multiculturalism in Australia?

NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 67% 26% 27% 40% 16% 10% 7%
Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians 67% 27% 27% 40% 18% 9% 6%
Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia 53% 40% 19% 34% 24% 16% 7%

Over two-thirds of Australians agree that ‘Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society’ (67%) and ‘Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians’ (67%).

However, over half (53%) expressed a concern that ‘Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia’. Concern was highest among those aged over 55 years (60%).

Apr 24, 2018
Essential Research

Immigration level

Q. Overall, do you think the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, too low or about right? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2016
Total too high           64%   62% 68% 35% 86%   50%
Total too low 5%   6% 4% 21% 2%   12%
Much too high 37%   34% 37% 17% 64%   28%
A little too high 27%   28% 31% 18% 22%   22%
About right 23%   24% 26% 37% 9%   28%
A little too low 4%   5% 3% 16% 1%   8%
Much too low 1%   1% 1% 5% 1%   4%
Don’t know 7%   7% 3% 8% 3%   10%

 

64% think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high – up from 50% recorded in October 2016. 23% think it is about right and only 5% think it is too low. Over 60% of both Labor and Liberal National voters think it is too high.

57% of those aged under 45 think it is too high compared to 71% of those aged 45+.

Apr 24, 2018
Essential Research

Types of immigration

Q. Australia migration intake is currently made up of about 190,000 permanent migrants each year and more than one million people here on temporary visas at any given time. For each of the following classes of migration would you like to see more or fewer?

  More Fewer No change Don’t know
Short-term business visas 13% 34% 36% 16%
Short-term student visas 19% 29% 39% 13%
Short-term working holiday visas 16% 33% 38% 13%
Skilled working visas 22% 36% 29% 13%
Short-term working visas (eg 457s) 12% 47% 26% 15%
Permanent  family reunion 22% 34% 30% 14%
Permanent refugee 19% 46% 21% 14%

 

 

47% think there should be fewer short-tern working visas and 46% want fewer permanent refugees. About one third wanted fewer in each of the other visa categories. Respondents were more likely to want no change in short-term student visas (39%), short-term working holiday visas (38%) and short-term business visas (36%).

Apr 24, 2018
Essential Research

Statements about immigration

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs 63% 25%   26% 37% 20% 5% 12%
Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place 62% 25%   30% 32% 19% 6% 13%
Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 61% 26%   17% 44% 16% 10% 13%
Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society 55% 33%   23% 32% 24% 9% 14%
Australia has a fragile environment that cannot bear further increases in population 51% 34%   20% 31% 27% 7% 16%
Migrants provide skills we need in the workforce to keep the economy strong. 49% 40%   9% 40% 28% 12% 11%
With an aging population, we need immigration to ensure we have enough younger, working age people to pay taxes and deliver services. 42% 45%   10% 32% 31% 14% 13%
Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population 37% 51%   8% 29% 31% 20% 13%
Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. 31% 51%   8% 23% 33% 18% 18%

 

A solid majority agreed that –

 

  • Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs (63% agree)
  • Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place (62%)
  • Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society (61%)
  • Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society (55%)

 

A majority disagreed that –

  • Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. (51% disagree)
  • Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population (51%)
Nov 22, 2016
Essential Research

Immigration issues

Q. Which of the following issues are you most concerned about?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
The arrival of asylum seekers by boat 36%   26% 51% 17% 40%   38%
The use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas 21%   29% 19% 18% 17%   20%
The overall increase in Australia’s total population 20%   22% 16% 25% 27%   18%
None of them 17%   18% 10% 32% 16%   19%
Don’t know 6%   5% 4% 8%   4%

36% were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat, 21% about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas and 20% about the overall increase in Australia’s total population (20%).

Liberal/National voters were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat (51%) while Labor voters were more concerned about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas (29%).

These results are very similar to when this question was asked in 2013.

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