Essential Report

View of multiculturalism

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements is closer to your view about multiculturalism?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians.

55%

65%

45%

82%

45%

53%

Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia.

34%

27%

41%

14%

44%

38%

Don’t know

11%

7%

15%

4%

11%

9%

55% think that multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians while 34% agree more that multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia. This represents a small shift toward a more positive view of the impact of multiculturalism since this question was asked in 2011.

Those most likely to have a positive view of multiculturalism were aged under 35 (68%), Greens voters (82%), Labor voters (65%) and those with university education (69%).

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