Essential Report

Paying people smugglers

Jun 23, 2015

Q. It has been reported that the Australian Government has paid “people smugglers” to return asylum seekers to Indonesia. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

29%

18%

48%

14%

25%

Total disapprove

56%

74%

33%

80%

61%

Strongly approve

12%

8%

21%

5%

10%

Approve

17%

10%

27%

9%

15%

Disapprove

20%

21%

20%

14%

28%

Strongly disapprove

36%

53%

13%

66%

33%

Don’t know

15%

8%

19%

6%

13%

29% approve of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia and 56% disapprove.

A large majority of Labor voters (74%) and Greens voters (80%) disapprove while about half (48%) of Liberal/National voters approve. There were no significant differences across demographic groups except gender where 34% of men approve compared to 25% of women.

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