Essential Report

Asylum seeker babies

Feb 16, 2016

Do you think babies born to asylum seekers in Australia should be sent to the detention centre on Nauru or should they be allowed to remain in Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Sent to Nauru 39%   29% 53% 18% 42%   43% 34% 23% 44% 48%
Remain in Australia 40%   50% 29% 74% 41%   39% 41% 49% 35% 38%
Don’t know 21%   22% 18% 9% 17%   18% 25% 28% 21% 14%

40% think that babies born to asylum seekers in Australia should be allowed to remain in Australia and 39% think they should be sent to the detention centre on Nauru.

Those most likely to think they should be allowed to stay in Australia were Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (74%) and those aged under 35 (49%).

Of those who think conditions on Nauru and Manus Island are poor, 70% say they should be allowed to remain in Australia and 12% sent to Nauru.

Of those who think conditions on Nauru and Manus Island are good, 18% say they should be allowed to remain in Australia and 74% sent to Nauru.

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