Essential Report

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Nov 8, 2016

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 Jul 2014 Apr 2015 Nov 2015 Aug 2016
Too tough 23%   37% 9% 54% 13%   7% 12% 22% 27% 22% 25% 21%
Too soft 24%   23% 22% 14% 43%   63% 60% 25% 18% 27% 29% 29%
Taking the right approach 37%   28% 59% 19% 34%   18% 11% 35% 36% 34% 31% 31%
Don’t know 15%   12% 10% 14% 10%   12% 17% 18% 18% 17% 15% 19%

24% (down 5% since August) think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 23% (up 2%) think they are too tough and 37% (up 6%) think they are taking the right approach.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (59%) and aged 65+ (48%).

Those most likely to think they are too tough were Greens voters (54%), Labor voters (37%) and aged 18-24 (34%).

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