Statements about refugee intake

Nov 18, 2014

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

 

Total agree

Total disagree

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations

49%

36%

15%

34%

23%

13%

14%

Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase

39%

44%

12%

27%

27%

17%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program

43%

40%

18%

25%

26%

14%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce

20%

62%

4%

16%

31%

31%

17%

Nearly half (49%) agreed that accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations. A majority (62%) disagreed that at Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce.

However, respondents were evenly divided over “Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program” (43% agree/40% disagree) and “Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase” (39% agree/44% disagree).

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