Essential Report

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Nov 17, 2015

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Oct 2010

Jul 2012

Jan 2014

Mar 2014

Jul 2014

Jan 2015

Apr 2015

Too tough

25%

35%

11%

73%

22%

7%

12%

22%

25%

27%

26%

22%

Too soft

29%

28%

32%

13%

42%

63%

60%

25%

28%

18%

23%

27%

Taking the right approach

31%

23%

48%

8%

19%

18%

11%

35%

34%

36%

35%

34%

Don’t know

15%

14%

10%

7%

16%

12%

17%

18%

13%

18%

16%

17%

29% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 25% think they are too tough and 31% think they are taking the right approach. Since this question was last asked in April, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased a little from 22% to 25%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (48%) and aged 65+ (45%).

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