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Sep 21, 2016
Essential Research

Ban on Muslim immigration

Q. Would you support or oppose a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia?

  Total Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 49% 40% 60% 34% 58%
Total oppose 40% 48% 31% 59% 35%
Strongly support 28% 20% 36% 13% 41%
Support 21% 20% 24% 21% 17%
Oppose 19% 18% 21% 16% 18%
Strongly oppose 21% 30% 10% 43% 17%
Don’t know 11% 13% 8% 8% 6%

 

  Total Men Women Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-54 Aged 55-64 Aged 65+
Total support 49% 48% 49% 28% 44% 48% 60% 47% 60%
Total oppose 40% 41% 40% 58% 42% 38% 32% 42% 33%
Strongly support 28% 27% 28% 14% 26% 29% 35% 24% 32%
Support 21% 21% 21% 14% 18% 19% 25% 23% 28%
Oppose 19% 20% 19% 25% 20% 17% 15% 18% 21%
Strongly oppose 21% 21% 21% 33% 22% 21% 17% 24% 12%
Don’t know 11% 11% 11% 14% 13% 14% 8% 11% 8%

 

May 18, 2016
Essential Research

Statements about immigration

 Q. Each year Australia accepts thousands of migrants – mainly skilled migrants and family reunion programs but also some refugees fleeing persecution. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about migrants and refugees in Australia?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high 59% 28%   26% 33% 20% 8% 13%
Overall, migrants have made a positive contribution to Australian society 63% 25%   19% 44% 17% 8% 13%
Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians. 62% 27%   18% 44% 19% 8% 11%
Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia. 46% 40%   19% 27% 28% 12% 13%
I would trust the Liberal Party to have the right policies on immigration 41% 36%   13% 28% 17% 19% 24%
I would trust the Labor Party to have the right policies on immigration 28% 47%   7% 21% 25% 22% 25%
Australia should increase its intake of refugees due to the refugee crisis in Europe. 28% 57%   8% 20% 25% 32% 15%
Accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations 38% 48%   11% 27% 25% 23% 14%

 

 

  Born overseas agree Born overseas disagree   Parents born overseas agree Parents born overseas disagree   Australian born agree Australian born disagree
The level of immigration into Australia over the last ten years has been too high 60% 28%   58% 28%   60% 27%
Overall, migrants have made a positive contribution to Australian society 69% 20%   60% 26%   60% 27%
Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians. 71% 23%   62% 24%   57% 31%
Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia. 43% 48%   48% 38%   49% 38%
I would trust the Liberal Party to have the right policies on immigration 45% 32%   44% 33%   37% 39%
I would trust the Labor Party to have the right policies on immigration 34% 42%   32% 42%   22% 52%
Australia should increase its intake of refugees due to the refugee crisis in Europe. 31% 56%   27% 55%   27% 58%
Accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations 40% 48%   39% 44%   37% 50%


Sep 2, 2014
Essential Research

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

Should be rejected on basis of religion

21%

16%

27%

9%

29%

19%

Should not be rejected on basis of religion

63%

71%

53%

84%

56%

65%

Don’t know

17%

13%

20%

7%

15%

15%

63% believed that when a family applies to migrate to Australia, they should not be rejected purely on the basis of their religion and 21% think it should be possible to reject purely based on religion. These figures are similar to when this question was asked in 2011.

There were no substantial differences across age and gender groups.

Liberal voters were a little more supportive of being able to reject based on religion (27%) and Greens voters were strongly opposed (84%).

Mar 5, 2014
Essential Research

Approval of Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers?

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

18%

72%

7%

33%

Total disapprove

39%

59%

12%

83%

45%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

28%

5%

8%

Approve

26%

15%

44%

2%

25%

Disapprove

19%

26%

9%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

20%

33%

3%

58%

20%

Don’t know

22%

23%

15%

9%

22%

39% approve of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (72%) and aged 55+ (53%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (83%) and aged under 35 (46%).

Mar 11, 2013
Essential Research

Immigration issues

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

(two versions of responses were presented – each to approximately half the sample)

The arrival of asylum seekers by boat

38%

33%

The arrival of approximately 15,000 asylum seekers by boat each year

The use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas

20%

31%

The use of about 150,000 foreign workers under short term (457) visas each year

The overall increase in Australia’s total population

18%

17%

The overall increase in Australia’s total population of about 300,000 people each year

None of them

19%

15%

None of them

Don’t know

4%

4%

Don’t know

As general issues (without specific figures), 38% of respondents said they were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat compared to 20% most concerned about use of workers on 457 visas and 18% most concerned about the overall population increase.

When approximate figures were specified for each option, most concern about asylum seekers dropped to 33% and most concern about 457 visas increased to 31%.

Based on the options which included figures – 36% of Labor voters are most concerned about 457 visas compared to 32% of Liberal/National voters. Liberal/National voters were more concerned about asylum seekers (42% – compared to 23% for Labor voters).

There were few differences by age or gender – except that older respondents were somewhat more likely to be most concerned about asylum seekers (42% of aged 55+).

Sep 26, 2011
Essential Research

Perceived intake of asylum seekers as a proportion of annual immigration

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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Feb 28, 2011
Essential Research

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
Should be rejected on basis of religion 19% 17% 24% 10%
Should not be rejected on basis of religion 65% 67% 63% 85%
Don’t know 15% 16% 13% 5%

65% believed that when a family applies to migrate to Australia, they should not be rejected purely on the basis of their religion and 19% think it should be possible to reject purely based on religion. There were no substantial differences across age and gender groups.

Liberal voters were a little more supportive of being able to reject based on religion (24%) and Greens voters were strongly opposed (85%).

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Aug 2, 2010
Essential Research

Tony Abbott’s Immigration Policy

Q. Tony Abbott has proposed to cut immigration from around 300,000 a year to 170,000? Do you approve or disapprove of this cut to immigration?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Total approve 64% 52% 91% 38%
Total disapprove 22% 32% 6% 49%
Strongly approve 33% 20% 56% 16%
Approve 31% 32% 35% 22%
Disapprove 15% 22% 5% 30%
Strongly disapprove 7% 10% 1% 19%
Don’t know 14% 16% 3% 13%

 64% approve Tony Abbott’s proposal to cut immigration and 22% oppose. There is strong support for cutting immigration from Liberal/National voters (91%) – while Labor voters (52% approve/32% disapprove) and Greens voters (38%/49%) are split. (more…)

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