Essential Report

Asylum Seeker Policies

Jul 2, 2012

Q. Thinking about handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat, which approach do you favour?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Labor policy of offshore processing in Malaysia

18%

44%

3%

17%

The Liberal policy of offshore processing in Nauru

35%

8%

68%

2%

The Greens policy of onshore processing in Australia

14%

15%

6%

57%

None of above

16%

14%

12%

14%

Don’t know

17%

18%

11%

9%

The Liberal’s policy of offshore processing asylum seekers in Nauru was the most preferred option (35%). 18% favoured the Labor policy of offshore processing in Malaysia and 14% favoured the Greens’ policy of onshore processing in Australia.

A majority of Liberal/National voters and Greens voters favoured their own party’s policy but only 44% of Labor voters favoured the Labor policy.

The Liberal’s policy was favoured by 41% of men and 47% of those aged 55+.

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