Attitudes towards Temporary Migrants

May 12, 2020

Q. Temporary migrants include people on skilled worker visas (which are used to cover jobs where there are skill shortages including engineers, nurses and scientists), most New Zealand citizens living in Australia, and international students.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Temporary migrants support the economy by spending their money in Australia 57% 17% 19% 39% 23% 12% 5% 3%
Businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants 54% 21% 26% 28% 22% 13% 8% 3%
If temporary migrants pay the same taxes as Australian citizens, they should be entitled to the same government support 52% 20% 21% 31% 24% 11% 9% 4%
It’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries 52% 20% 21% 31% 24% 13% 7% 4%
Without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages 48% 23% 15% 33% 24% 12% 11% 5%
Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants 41% 27% 18% 23% 28% 14% 12% 4%

 

TOTAL: Agree   Employment Status Federal Voting Intention
Total In paid employment Not in paid employment Retired Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Temporary migrants support the economy by spending their money in Australia 57% 60% 51% 64% 59% 62% 56% 50%
Businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants 54% 53% 46% 67% 50% 61% 40% 75%
If temporary migrants pay the same taxes as Australian citizens, they should be entitled to the same government support 52% 57% 48% 52% 56% 51% 55% 51%
It’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries 52% 52% 44% 63% 51% 59% 32% 65%
Without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages 48% 51% 47% 48% 48% 57% 45% 34%
Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants 41% 43% 31% 52% 41% 46% 22% 57%
Base (n) 1,067 550 254 212 306 418 86 143
  • More than half of participants agree with any of the statements about temporary migrants – except without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages (48%) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (41%).
  • Retirees are more likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (67%), Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (52%) and it’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries (63%) than other participants (51%, 39% and 49% respectively).
  • Similarly other or independent party voters are most likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (75% v 55% all other voters) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (57% v 41% all other voters).
  • Coalition most likely to agree without temporary migrants, Australia would face skill shortages (57% v 44% all other voters).
  • Greens voters are least likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (40% v 59% all other voters), Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (22% v 45% all other voters) and it’s realistic to expect temporary residents who lose work in Australia to go back to their home countries (32% v 57% all other voters).
  • Participants who support Kristina Kenneally’s “Australia first” approach more likely to agree that businesses should hire Australian citizens where they can, even if they’re not as skilled as candidates who are temporary migrants (68%) and Australia would be better off if we had fewer temporary migrants (52%).

Government support

Mar 10, 2015

Q. Thinking about Government welfare and services, do you think the following groups of people receive enough support, too much support or about the right support from the Government?

 

Too much support

Not enough support

About the right support

Don’t know

Children

11%

38%

38%

13%

Young adults

15%

41%

32%

11%

Families with school-aged children

14%

36%

38%

11%

Middle aged

8%

33%

44%

15%

Retirees

6%

56%

27%

11%

A majority (56%) think that retirees don’t get enough Government support and 41% don’t think young adults get enough support. 44% think middle aged people get about the right support.

By age group, those most likely to think each group does not get enough support were –

Children – aged 35-54 43%

Young adults – aged 18-24 54%

Families with school-aged children – aged 25-44 41%

Middle aged – aged 45-54 45%

Retirees – aged 45-64 66%

View of Manufacturing Industry

Aug 28, 2012

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry

63%

67%

63%

68%

There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money

17%

15%

21%

14%

Don’t know

21%

18%

16%

18%

63% agreed that “with Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” and 17% agreed that “there is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money”.

There was little difference by voting intention. Older respondents were more supportive of manufacturing than younger respondents – 68% of those aged 55+ agreed that “with Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” compared to 55% of those aged 18-34.

Support for Julian Assange

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Julian Assange faces extradition from the UK to Sweden for an investigation into sexual assault allegations. In Sweden he will be detained while the investigation continues, and he may be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s release of US diplomatic cables.

Do you think the Australian government has provided appropriate support to Assange given he faces investigation for sexual assault in Sweden and possible extradition to the US?

 

19 Mar 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Government have provided appropriate support

22%

28%

37%

30%

16%

Government have not provided appropriate support

36%

33%

34%

32%

42%

Don’t know

41%

38%

29%

38%

41%

33% (down 3% since March) believe that Julian Assange has not received appropriate support from the Australian Government and 28% (up 6%) think he has received appropriate support. 38% could not give an opinion.

39% of men think the Government has not provided appropriate support compared to 28% of women – mainly due the 47% of women who said they “don’t know”.  34% of respondents aged 18-34 think Julian Assange has not received appropriate support compared to 21% who think the Government has provided appropriate support.

Government Support

Apr 27, 2010

Q7. During their term in office, do you think the Rudd Government has given too much support, not enough support or just about the right amount of support to the following –

  Given too much support Given enough support Not given enough support Don’t know
Pensioners 3% 27% 57% 12%
Poor families 3% 28% 54% 16%
Country Australia 2% 31% 46% 21%
Small businesses 2% 37% 39% 22%
Working people 2% 47% 37% 13%
Unemployed workers 10% 37% 34% 19%
Recent immigrants 41% 26% 17% 17%
Large businesses 26% 37% 14% 23%
Unions 19% 42% 13% 26%
The banks and other large financial institutions 43% 33% 5% 19%

About half the respondents think that the Rudd Government has not given enough support to pensioners (57%), poor families (54%) and country Australia (46%). A sizable proportion think that too much support has been given to the banks and other large financial institutions (43%) and recent immigrants (41%). 47% think the Rudd Government has given enough support to working people and 42% think they have given enough support to unions.

Among Labor voters, 50% think the Government has not given enough support to pensioners and 54% think they have not given enough support to poor families. Comments »

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