Essential Report

Processing Asylum Seekers

Sep 12, 2011

Q. Thinking about the issue of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat – do you think they should be processed in Australia or should they be sent to another country for processing?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Process in Australia 36% 44% 27% 73%
Sent to another country 53% 44% 65% 15%
Don’t know 11% 12% 8% 12%

53% favour sending asylum seekers to another country for processing and 36% favour processing them in Australia. Liberal/National voters strongly favour sending them to another country (65%), Greens voters strongly favour processing them in Australia (73%) and Labor voters are split (44%/44%).

Respondents aged under 35 are split (43% Australia/41% another country) but older respondents strongly favour processing overseas (aged 55+ = 62% another country/32% Australia).


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