Essential Report

Contribution of multiculturalism

Mar 3, 2015

Q. Overall, has multiculturalism (that is, the acceptance of people from different countries, cultures and religions) made a positive or negative contribution to Australian society?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Sep 2014

 

Total positive

57%

59%

59%

84%

37%

57%

57%

Total negative

29%

29%

31%

11%

45%

29%

30%

Very positive

18%

23%

9%

49%

11%

15%

18%

Positive

39%

36%

50%

35%

26%

42%

39%

Negative

18%

18%

20%

9%

21%

18%

19%

Very negative

11%

11%

11%

2%

24%

11%

11%

Made no difference

6%

4%

5%

12%

6%

6%

Don’t know

9%

7%

5%

5%

7%

8%

6%

 

57% believe that multiculturalism has made a positive contribution to Australian society and 29% believe the contribution has been negative. These results are almost identical to when this question was asked in September. A majority of major party voter groups believe the contribution has been positive.

84% of Greens voters and 74% of university-educated respondents thought it was positive.

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