Essential Report

Legislation on asylum seekers

Nov 8, 2016

Q. The Federal Government has proposed introducing legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. This legislation would apply to any adult who had arrived by boat since July 2013, and would exclude them from ever being granted a visa (including tourist or spousal visas). Do you approve or disapprove of this legislation?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 56%   52% 76% 24% 64%
Total disapprove 29%   38% 14% 57% 25%
Strongly approve 31%   28% 42% 5% 46%
Approve 25%   24% 34% 19% 18%
Disapprove 16%   18% 9% 21% 18%
Strongly disapprove 13%   20% 5% 36% 7%
Not sure 15%   11% 10% 18% 12%

56% approve of legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia and 29% disapprove. 57% of Greens voters disapprove while a majority of all other voter groups approve. Apart from those aged 18-24 (43% disapprove) – all demographic groups were more likely approve of the legislation.

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