Essential Report

Muslims in Australia

Feb 28, 2011

Q. What percentage of Australian residents do you think are Muslim?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
1% 6% 6% 7% 8%
2% 11% 10% 14% 9%
3-5% 26% 26% 25% 37%
6-10% 20% 19% 22% 18%
More than 10% 19% 20% 19% 17%
Don’t know 18% 20% 13% 11%

17% think that Muslims make up 1-2% of Australia’s population, 26% think they make up 3-5% and 39% think it is over 5%. The actual figure is 1.7% – meaning 65% have over-estimated the number of Muslims in Australia.

There were only minor differences between age, gender and voter groups.

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