Essential Report

Asylum seekers

Oct 9, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose the following actions regarding the refugees being held on Nauru?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Close the detention centre on Nauru and transfer all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia 37% 42%   14% 23% 17% 25% 22%
Transfer the families and children from Nauru to Australia 40% 39%   15% 25% 17% 22% 21%
Keep all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely 35% 43%   15% 20% 22% 21% 23%

 

 

  Total support   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Close the detention centre on Nauru and transfer all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia 37%   51% 32% 68% 18%
Transfer the families and children from Nauru to Australia 40%   53% 36% 65% 21%
Keep all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely 35%   26% 42% 17% 58%

 

37% support and 42% oppose closing the detention centre on Nauru and transferring all the remaining asylum seekers to Australia. Those most likely to support were aged under 34 (48%), university educated (48%), Labor voters (51%) and Greens voters (68%).

40% support and 39% oppose transferring the families and children from Nauru to Australia. Those most likely to support were aged under 34 (51%), university educated (52%), Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (65%).

35% support and 43% oppose keeping all asylum seekers on Nauru indefinitely. Those most likely to support were other party voters (58%).

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.