Essential Report

Statements about immigration

Apr 24, 2018

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%)

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