Essential Report

Concern about Muslims (pre information)

Oct 11, 2016

Q. Are you concerned about the number of Muslim people in Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other 1-2% 3-5% 6-10% Over 10% Don’t know   Feb 2011
Total concerned 53%   49% 61% 32% 69% 38% 59% 61% 75% 43%   57%
Total not concerned 42%   47% 36% 67% 30% 60% 40% 39% 21% 36%   38%
Very Concerned 25%   24% 27% 13% 39% 13% 26% 30% 45% 22%   28%
Somewhat concerned 28%   25% 34% 19% 30% 25% 33% 31% 30% 21%   29%
Not very concerned 22%   23% 23% 24% 15% 28% 22% 24% 11% 20%   21%
Not at all concerned 20%   24% 13% 43% 15% 32% 18% 15% 10% 16%   17%
Don’t know/Refused 5%   5% 2% 1% 2% 2% 3% 22%   5%

53% were very or somewhat concerned about the number of Muslim people in Australia while 42% were not very or not at all concerned. Concern is higher among Liberal/National (61%) and other party voters (69%) and lower among Greens voters (32%). 60% of people aged 55+ say they are concerned.

However, level of concern has dropped a little since this question was asked in 2011.

Level of concern is strongly related to perceptions of the number of Muslim people in Australia.

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