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Jan 15, 2019
Essential Research

Immigration and multiculturalism

Q. Do you think the levels of immigration into Australia over the past ten years has been…?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Apr 18
NET: Too high 56%   47% 67% 28% 77%   55% 57% 38% 58% 69% 64%
NET: Too low 12%   16% 5% 29% 3%   11% 12% 17% 11% 8% 5%
Much too high 33%   26% 37% 11% 57%   32% 34% 19% 35% 42% 37%
A little too high 23%   21% 30% 16% 20%   23% 23% 19% 23% 28% 27%
About right 26%   32% 25% 38% 16%   31% 22% 36% 24% 20% 23%
A little too low 7%   10% 4% 14% 2%   6% 8% 10% 7% 5% 4%
Much too low 4%   7% 1% 15% 1%   5% 4% 6% 4% 3% 1%
Don’t know 6%   5% 3% 6% 3%   3% 9% 9% 7% 3% 7%

Over half of Australians (56%) think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, but this has decreased from 64% in April 2018. 26% think it is about right and only 12% think it is too low.

Over 60% of Liberal/National voters (67%) think it is too high.

38% of people aged 18-35 think the immigration level is too high, this rises to 58% of 35-54 years olds and 69% among those aged over 55.

Jan 15, 2019
Essential Research

Statements about immigration and multiculturalism

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding multiculturalism in Australia?

NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 67% 26% 27% 40% 16% 10% 7%
Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians 67% 27% 27% 40% 18% 9% 6%
Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia 53% 40% 19% 34% 24% 16% 7%

Over two-thirds of Australians agree that ‘Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society’ (67%) and ‘Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians’ (67%).

However, over half (53%) expressed a concern that ‘Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia’. Concern was highest among those aged over 55 years (60%).

Apr 24, 2018
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Immigration level

Q. Overall, do you think the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, too low or about right? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2016
Total too high           64%   62% 68% 35% 86%   50%
Total too low 5%   6% 4% 21% 2%   12%
Much too high 37%   34% 37% 17% 64%   28%
A little too high 27%   28% 31% 18% 22%   22%
About right 23%   24% 26% 37% 9%   28%
A little too low 4%   5% 3% 16% 1%   8%
Much too low 1%   1% 1% 5% 1%   4%
Don’t know 7%   7% 3% 8% 3%   10%

 

64% think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high – up from 50% recorded in October 2016. 23% think it is about right and only 5% think it is too low. Over 60% of both Labor and Liberal National voters think it is too high.

57% of those aged under 45 think it is too high compared to 71% of those aged 45+.

Apr 24, 2018
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Types of immigration

Q. Australia migration intake is currently made up of about 190,000 permanent migrants each year and more than one million people here on temporary visas at any given time. For each of the following classes of migration would you like to see more or fewer?

  More Fewer No change Don’t know
Short-term business visas 13% 34% 36% 16%
Short-term student visas 19% 29% 39% 13%
Short-term working holiday visas 16% 33% 38% 13%
Skilled working visas 22% 36% 29% 13%
Short-term working visas (eg 457s) 12% 47% 26% 15%
Permanent  family reunion 22% 34% 30% 14%
Permanent refugee 19% 46% 21% 14%

 

 

47% think there should be fewer short-tern working visas and 46% want fewer permanent refugees. About one third wanted fewer in each of the other visa categories. Respondents were more likely to want no change in short-term student visas (39%), short-term working holiday visas (38%) and short-term business visas (36%).

Apr 24, 2018
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Statements about immigration

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs 63% 25%   26% 37% 20% 5% 12%
Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place 62% 25%   30% 32% 19% 6% 13%
Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 61% 26%   17% 44% 16% 10% 13%
Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society 55% 33%   23% 32% 24% 9% 14%
Australia has a fragile environment that cannot bear further increases in population 51% 34%   20% 31% 27% 7% 16%
Migrants provide skills we need in the workforce to keep the economy strong. 49% 40%   9% 40% 28% 12% 11%
With an aging population, we need immigration to ensure we have enough younger, working age people to pay taxes and deliver services. 42% 45%   10% 32% 31% 14% 13%
Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population 37% 51%   8% 29% 31% 20% 13%
Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. 31% 51%   8% 23% 33% 18% 18%

 

A solid majority agreed that –

 

  • Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs (63% agree)
  • Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place (62%)
  • Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society (61%)
  • Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society (55%)

 

A majority disagreed that –

  • Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. (51% disagree)
  • Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population (51%)
Nov 22, 2016
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Immigration issues

Q. Which of the following issues are you most concerned about?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
The arrival of asylum seekers by boat 36%   26% 51% 17% 40%   38%
The use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas 21%   29% 19% 18% 17%   20%
The overall increase in Australia’s total population 20%   22% 16% 25% 27%   18%
None of them 17%   18% 10% 32% 16%   19%
Don’t know 6%   5% 4% 8%   4%

36% were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat, 21% about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas and 20% about the overall increase in Australia’s total population (20%).

Liberal/National voters were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat (51%) while Labor voters were more concerned about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas (29%).

These results are very similar to when this question was asked in 2013.

Oct 11, 2016
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Immigration and Religion

Q. When a family applies to migrate to Australia, should it be possible for them to be rejected purely on the basis of their religion?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Feb 2011 Sep 2014
Should be rejected on basis of religion 24%   19% 30% 16% 41%   19% 21%
Should not be rejected on basis of religion 56%   64% 51% 73% 45%   65% 63%
Don’t know 20%   17% 19% 12% 13%   15% 17%

56% believed that when a family applies to migrate to Australia, they should not be rejected purely on the basis of their religion and 24% think it should be possible to reject purely based on religion. This represents a drop in opposition to rejecting migrants purely on the basis of religion.

Liberal voters were a little more supportive of being able to reject based on religion (30%) and Greens voters were strongly opposed (73%). 64% of those aged under 35 were opposed.

Oct 5, 2016
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Immigration level

Q. Overall, do you think the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, too low or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total too high 50%   43% 58% 20% 68%   52% 48% 40% 50% 64%
Total too low 12%   16% 7% 34% 8%   9% 14% 14% 13% 9%
Much too high 28%   25% 29% 8% 48%   30% 26% 19% 29% 39%
A little too high 22%   18% 29% 12% 20%   22% 22% 21% 21% 25%
About right 28%   30% 31% 39% 19%   31% 25% 31% 28% 25%
A little too low 8%   9% 6% 19% 5%   6% 9% 8% 9% 7%
Much too low 4%   7% 1% 15% 3%   3% 5% 6% 4% 2%
Don’t know 10%   11% 5% 7% 5%   7% 13% 14% 10% 3%

50% think that the level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high, 28% think it has been about right and 12% think it has been too low.

Those most likely to think it has been too high were Liberal/National voters (58%), other party voters (68%) and people aged 55+ (64%).

 

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