Essential Report

Attitudes towards Refugees

Sep 15, 2015

Q. As far as you know which of the following statements is true?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Nov 2014
Australia takes in fewer refugees than comparable nations 30% 35% 21% 63% 25% 32%
Australia takes in about the same number of refugees as comparable nations 22% 24% 27% 14% 21% 20%
Australia takes in more refugees than comparable nations 30% 27% 37% 12% 34% 25%
Don’t know 18% 14% 15% 11% 20% 23%

Australians are divided in their opinion on the number of refugees we take in comparison to other nations.

30% think we take fewer refugees, and 30% think we take more. 22% think we take the same amount as other comparable nations.

18% don’t know.

Greens voters (63%) were far more likely to think we take in fewer, while Coalition voters were slightly more likely to think we take in more.

These results have not shifted significantly since November 2014.


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