Essential Report

Muslims in Australia

Oct 11, 2016

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Feb 2011
1% 9%   10% 10% 11% 9%   6%
2% 19%   23% 17% 21% 24%   11%
3-5% 24%   24% 26% 31% 23%   26%
6-10% 12%   11% 14% 15% 15%   20%
More than 10% 15%   18% 12% 9% 17%   19%
Don’t know 19%   14% 205 14% 13%   18%

28% think that Muslims make up 1-2% of Australia’s population, 24% think they make up 3-5% and 27% think it is over 5%. The actual figure is 2.2% – meaning 51% have over-estimated the number of Muslims in Australia.

Those who think it is 1-2% were more likely to be men (33%) and aged 55+ (37%).

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