Essential Report

Contribution of Multiculturalism

Oct 11, 2016

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 Mar 2015
Total positive 61%   66% 66% 74% 48%   57% 57% 57%
Total negative 23%   21% 22% 15% 38%   29% 30% 29%
Very positive 17%   21% 13% 35% 11%   15% 18% 18%
Positive 44%   45% 53% 39% 37%   42% 39% 39%
Negative 15%   15% 14% 9% 20%   18% 19% 18%
Very negative 8%   6% 8% 6% 18%   11% 11% 11%
Made no difference 7%   9% 5% 3% 8%   6% 6% 6%
Don’t know 9%   5% 5% 7% 6%   8% 6% 9%

61% believe that multiculturalism has made a positive contribution to Australian society and 23% believe the contribution has been negative. This is the most positive view of multiculturalism since this question was asked in 2011.

Older respondents tend to have a somewhat more negative view – those aged 65+ were split 55% positive/34% negative while those aged under 35 were 67% positive and 16% negative.

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