Immigration issues

Mar 11, 2013

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+).

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