Essential Report

Population growth

Apr 24, 2018

Q. Australia’s population has nearly reached 25 million and is growing by about 400,000 a year. Do you think Australia’s population growth rate is too fast, too slow or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Apr 2013
Too fast 54%   53% 50% 44% 77%   45%
Too slow 4%   6% 4% 3% 1%   5%
About right 31%   31% 38% 44% 10%   37%
Don’t know 11%   10% 8% 9% 11%   13%

 

54% think that Australia’s population growth rate is too fast – up from 45% recorded 5 years ago. 31% think the growth rate is about right and 4% think it is too slow.

A majority of most voter groups believed the growth rate was too fast although Greens voters were divided 44% too fast/44% about right.

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