Types of immigration

Apr 24, 2018

Q. Australia migration intake is currently made up of about 190,000 permanent migrants each year and more than one million people here on temporary visas at any given time. For each of the following classes of migration would you like to see more or fewer?

  More Fewer No change Don’t know
Short-term business visas 13% 34% 36% 16%
Short-term student visas 19% 29% 39% 13%
Short-term working holiday visas 16% 33% 38% 13%
Skilled working visas 22% 36% 29% 13%
Short-term working visas (eg 457s) 12% 47% 26% 15%
Permanent  family reunion 22% 34% 30% 14%
Permanent refugee 19% 46% 21% 14%

 

 

47% think there should be fewer short-tern working visas and 46% want fewer permanent refugees. About one third wanted fewer in each of the other visa categories. Respondents were more likely to want no change in short-term student visas (39%), short-term working holiday visas (38%) and short-term business visas (36%).

Statements about immigration

Apr 24, 2018

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs 63% 25%   26% 37% 20% 5% 12%
Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place 62% 25%   30% 32% 19% 6% 13%
Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 61% 26%   17% 44% 16% 10% 13%
Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society 55% 33%   23% 32% 24% 9% 14%
Australia has a fragile environment that cannot bear further increases in population 51% 34%   20% 31% 27% 7% 16%
Migrants provide skills we need in the workforce to keep the economy strong. 49% 40%   9% 40% 28% 12% 11%
With an aging population, we need immigration to ensure we have enough younger, working age people to pay taxes and deliver services. 42% 45%   10% 32% 31% 14% 13%
Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population 37% 51%   8% 29% 31% 20% 13%
Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. 31% 51%   8% 23% 33% 18% 18%

 

A solid majority agreed that –

 

  • Bringing in foreign workers on short-term visas undermines local jobs (63% agree)
  • Our cities can’t cope with further population growth and we should reduce immigration until the infrastructure in in place (62%)
  • Overall immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society (61%)
  • Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society (55%)

 

A majority disagreed that –

  • Without immigration the rate of economic growth will fall, reducing living standards for all of us. (51% disagree)
  • Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population (51%)

Problems for cities

Apr 24, 2018

Q. Which of the following are the main problems for our major cities? Rank your top 3 from 1 to 3 where 1 = the most important, 2 = second and 3 = third.

  Total   1st 2nd 3rd   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Housing affordability pushing people to the fringes of major cities 66%   24% 24% 18%   68% 65% 70% 51%
Lack of government investment in infrastructure like roads and public transport 62%   28% 15% 19%   62% 60% 63% 59%
The lack of employment opportunities in the regions, driving people to the cities 62%   18% 23% 21%   58% 66% 59% 61%
Poor planning that means people live too far from where they work 45%   9% 18% 18%   46% 42% 54% 37%
Excessive levels of immigration 37%   15% 9% 13%   34% 40% 16% 62%
Lack of regulations for property developers 29%   7% 11% 11%   32% 26% 39% 30%

 

The main problems for major cities (each nominated by around two thirds of respondents) were – Housing affordability pushing people to the fringes of major cities, Lack of government investment in infrastructure like roads and public transport and The lack of employment opportunities in the regions, driving people to the cities.

Lack of regulations for property developers (29%) was the least important problem.

Multiculturalism

Apr 24, 2018

Q. Which of the following statements do you most agree with?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Mar 2015
Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians 55%   59% 57% 84% 29%   55%
Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and dangerous extremism in Australia 32%   31% 31% 11% 60%   33%
Don’t know 13%   10% 13% 5% 11%   12%

 

A majority (55%) agree more that “Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians” while 32% agree more that “Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and dangerous extremism in Australia”.

Those most likely to agree that multiculturalism has enriched Australia were aged under 35 (62%), Greens voters (84%) and university educated (72%).

Those most likely to agree that multiculturalism has failed were aged 65+ (47%) and other party voters (60%).

Overall results were unchanged since this question was asked in March 2015.

Federal voting intention

Apr 10, 2018

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward? If don’t know – Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   2 weeks ago 27/3/18 4 weeks ago 13/3/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 35% 35% 33%
National 3% 3% 3%
Total Liberal/National 38%   38% 36%   42.0%
Labor 37%   36% 38%   34.7%
Greens 10% 9% 9% 10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 2% 2% 3%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 7% 8% 8%
Other/Independent 7% 7% 7% 13.1%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 47%   48% 46%   50.4%
Labor 53%   52% 54%   49.6%

 

  1. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2016 election.

Malcolm Turnbull

Apr 10, 2018

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Mar 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec  2016 June 2016 Dec 2015
Total approve 39%   24% 70% 33% 25%   41% 41% 41% 36% 33% 34% 38% 56%
Total disapprove 42%   62% 20% 49% 62%   43% 44% 46% 45% 50% 46% 40% 23%
Strongly approve 8%   4% 17% 3% 5%   9% 8% 7% 5% 5% 5% 6% 13%
Approve 31%   20% 53% 30% 20%   32% 33% 34% 31% 28% 29% 32% 43%
Disapprove 26%   36% 17% 30% 31%   26% 27% 28% 28% 30% 30% 24% 16%
Strongly disapprove 16%   26% 3% 19% 31%   17% 17% 18% 17% 20% 16% 16% 7%
Don’t know 19%   14% 10% 18% 14%   16% 15% 14% 19% 18% 20% 21% 21%

39% approved of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister (down 2% from last month), and 42% disapproved (down 1%) – a change in net approval rating from -2 to -3.

70% (down 5%) of Liberal/National voters approved of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing, compared to 24% of ALP voters and 33% of Greens voters.

By gender, men were 44% approve/45% disapprove and women 35% approve/40% disapprove.

Bill Shorten

Apr 10, 2018

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Dec 2015 Dec 2014
Total Approve 35% 59% 23% 40% 15%   37% 36% 36% 34% 30% 35% 27% 35%
Total Disapprove 43% 21% 62% 37% 68%   44% 45% 47% 43% 49% 38% 47% 39%
Strongly approve 6% 14% 2% 3% 2% 8% 7% 7% 5% 4% 6% 4% 7%
Approve 29% 45% 21% 37% 13% 29% 29% 29% 29% 26% 29% 23% 28%
Disapprove 22% 19% 22% 32% 28% 23% 23% 25% 28% 26% 21% 26% 23%
Strongly disapprove 21% 2% 40% 5% 40% 21% 22% 22% 15% 23% 17% 21% 16%
Don’t know 23%   19% 14% 23% 17%   19% 19% 17% 23% 22% 25% 25% 26%

35% approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader (down 2% from last month), and 43% disapproved (down 1%) – a change in net approval rating from -7 to -8.

59% (down 7%) of ALP voters approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing, compared to 40% of Greens voters and 23% of Liberal/National voters.

By gender, men were 39% approve/45% disapprove and women 31% approve/39% disapprove.

Preferred Prime Minister

Apr 10, 2018

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2018 Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 41%   18% 78% 30% 38%   41% 42% 43% 39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 26%   55% 8% 34% 12%   26% 28% 29% 26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 33%   26% 15% 36% 50%   33% 31% 28% 34% 36% 33% 32% 31%


41% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister (no change from last month), and 26% thought Bill Shorten would be better (no change). 33% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 78% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 55% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (34%) to Malcolm Turnbull (30%).

46% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 28% prefer Bill Shorten.

35% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 25% prefer Bill Shorten.

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