Perceived intake of asylum seekers as a proportion of annual immigration

Sep 26, 2011

Q.  From what you have read and heard, what percentage of Australia’s annual immigration intake are asylum seekers arriving by boat?

7 Jun 2010 This week Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
50% or more 10% 12% 11% 13% 10%
About 25% 15% 11% 10% 12% 6%
About 10% 13% 10% 9% 10% 8%
About 5% 15% 16% 18% 17% 16%
1% or less 18% 25% 26% 24% 39%
Don’t know 30% 27% 25% 23% 21%

Twenty three per cent (23%) of respondents think that the proportion of asylum seeker intake by boat is 25% or more of the annual immigration intake.

Ten per cent (10%) of respondents think that the percentage of boat arrivals is about 10% of annual immigration intake and 16% believe it to be about 5%.

Twenty five per cent (25%) of respondents believe that the proportion of asylum seekers arriving by boat constitutes 1% or less of our annual immigration intake and 27% of respondents don’t know.

Greens voters are the most likely to think that the percentage was 1% or less, with 39% of Greens respondents selecting this response.

The proportion of respondents believing the proportion to be ‘1% or less’ has shifted 7 points up from 18% to 25% since 7 June 2010.

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