Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Apr 14, 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
Too tough 22% 31% 6% 67% 26% 7% 12% 22% 25% 27% 26%
Too soft 27% 27% 27% 12% 36% 63% 60% 25% 28% 18% 23%
Taking the right approach 34% 24% 58% 8% 20% 18% 11% 35% 34% 36% 35%
Don’t know 17% 17% 9% 13% 18% 12% 17% 18% 13% 18% 16%

27% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 22% think they are too tough and 34% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in January, those thinking the Government are too soft has increased a little from 23% to 27%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (58%) and aged 55+ (46%).

Government’s handling of asylum seekers

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Which of the following words would you use to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Responsible

45%

26%

75%

14%

42%

50%

40%

30%

43%

64%

Fair

45%

25%

76%

10%

44%

48%

41%

29%

43%

66%

Too secretive

45%

69%

16%

75%

54%

44%

46%

50%

45%

40%

Just playing politics

45%

65%

20%

66%

56%

48%

41%

51%

45%

36%

Principled

43%

28%

69%

25%

29%

49%

36%

30%

45%

54%

Stubborn

42%

57%

24%

72%

44%

43%

41%

47%

39%

42%

Balanced

37%

20%

65%

13%

26%

42%

32%

23%

37%

54%

Unethical

33%

50%

10%

69%

37%

32%

35%

41%

32%

26%

Populist

31%

38%

23%

37%

37%

36%

25%

28%

33%

31%

Cruel

30%

46%

10%

64%

34%

29%

32%

39%

29%

23%

Too hard

29%

44%

10%

61%

32%

27%

31%

36%

28%

23%

Too soft

26%

22%

30%

12%

37%

29%

24%

19%

27%

34%

Respondents were more likely to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers as “responsible” and “fair” but also as “too secretive” and “just playing politics” (all 45%). 26% describe their handling of the issue as “too soft”, 29% as “too hard” and 30% as “cruel”.

Liberal/National voters were most likely to think the handling was “fair” (76%) and “responsible” (75%).

Labor voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (69%) and “just playing politics” (65%).

Greens voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (75%), “stubborn” (72%) and “unethical” (69%).

Of those aged under 35, only 23% thought the handling of the issue was “balanced” and 29% thought it was “fair”.

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Jul 8, 2014

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 10

Jul 12

Jan 14

Mar 14

Too tough

27%

46%

5%

71%

21%

7%

12%

22%

25%

Too soft

18%

17%

20%

8%

24%

63%

60%

25%

28%

Taking the right approach

36%

19%

65%

7%

37%

18%

11%

35%

34%

Don’t know

18%

19%

9%

14%

17%

12%

17%

18%

13%

18% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 27% think they are too tough and 36% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in March, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased slightly from 25% to 27% – while too soft has declined from 28% to 18%. Those unable to give an opinion has increased from 13% to 18%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (65%) and aged 55+ (52%).

Approach to handling asylum seekers

Aug 5, 2013

Q. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Opposition leader Tony Abbott have both recently made statements about the handling of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.

Do you think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

Do you think Tony Abbott’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

 

Kevin Rudd

 

Tony Abbott

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Too harsh

20%

19%

18%

49%

21%

38%

5%

42%

Too soft

24%

12%

35%

13%

20%

21%

16%

21%

About right

40%

53%

33%

25%

31%

11%

61%

7%

Don’t know

16%

16%

14%

13%

27%

31%

18%

30%

40% of respondents think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is about right and 31% think Tony Abbott’s approach is about right. Views are similar for both approaches in terms of whether they are too soft or too harsh – about one in five selected each option.

Kevin Rudd’s approach was more favoured by Labor voters (53%), aged 45-64 (45%) and tradespeople (51%). Tony Abbott’s approach was more favoured by Liberal/National voters (61%), men (37%), aged 65+ (46%) and tradespeople (40%).

Party with best policy on handling asylum seeker issue

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Which party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

17 Jun 13

Labor

25%

58%

4%

10%

13%

Liberal

26%

3%

57%

2%

38%

Greens

6%

5%

1%

44%

7%

None of them

28%

21%

25%

29%

31%

Don’t know

15%

13%

13%

15%

11%

26% (down 12% since June) think the Liberal Party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat and 25% (up 12%) think the Labor Party has the best policy. 28% think no party has the best policy.

58% (up 22%) of Labor voters think the Labor Party has the best policy compared with 57% (down 17%) of Liberal/National voters who think the Liberals have the best policy.

Of those who think the asylum seeker issue is one of or the most important election issue, 35% think that Labor has the best policy, 29% think the Liberals have the best policy and 17% think none of them do.

 

Features of a good refugee processing system in Australia

Sep 26, 2011

Q. Thinking about asylum seekers arriving in Australia, how important do you think each of the following features are for a good refugee processing system?

Very important Important Not very important Not at all important Don’t know Total Important Total Not Important
Stopping the boats 52% 22% 11% 8% 7% 74% 19%
Keeping costs down 47% 34% 11% 2% 6% 81% 13%
Protecting human rights 42% 38% 9% 5% 6% 80% 14%
Avoiding prolonged detention 35% 33% 13% 12% 8% 68% 25%
Making sure children have their claims processed in Australia 26% 32% 18% 13% 11% 58% 31%
Allowing Australian courts to review claims 22% 34% 16% 16% 12% 56% 32%
Approval from the United Nations 22% 32% 20% 16% 11% 54% 36%
Making sure asylum seekers are not returned to the countries they have fled 20% 29% 18% 20% 13% 49% 38%

Please note: ‘Total Important’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘Very Important’ and ‘Important’ together.  ‘Total Not Important’ is an aggregate figure that has been achieved by adding ‘Not very important’ and ‘Not at all important’ together.

The most important feature of a ‘good refugee processing system’ is ‘keeping the costs down’, with 81% of respondents regarding this to be either very important or important, followed by ‘protecting human rights’ (80% total important).

Seventy four per cent (74%) of respondents believed that ‘stopping the boats’ is an important feature and 68% regard ‘avoiding prolonged detention’ to be an important feature.

Amongst the least important features of a good refugee processing system is ‘approval from the United Nations’, with only 54% regarding this to be important and 36% viewing it as not important.

Making sure asylum seekers are not returned to the countries they have fled was the least important attribute, with only 49% believing it to be important and 38% regarding it as not important.

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Processing Asylum Seekers

Sep 12, 2011

Q. Thinking about the issue of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat – do you think they should be processed in Australia or should they be sent to another country for processing?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Process in Australia 36% 44% 27% 73%
Sent to another country 53% 44% 65% 15%
Don’t know 11% 12% 8% 12%

53% favour sending asylum seekers to another country for processing and 36% favour processing them in Australia. Liberal/National voters strongly favour sending them to another country (65%), Greens voters strongly favour processing them in Australia (73%) and Labor voters are split (44%/44%).

Respondents aged under 35 are split (43% Australia/41% another country) but older respondents strongly favour processing overseas (aged 55+ = 62% another country/32% Australia).

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Asylum Seeker Plans

Jun 20, 2011

Q. The Government has proposed sending asylum seekers arriving by boat to Malaysia for processing and the Opposition has proposed sending asylum seekers to Nauru. Which of these two options do you favour?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Malaysia 16% 29% 12% 9%
Nauru 34% 18% 55% 12%
Neither 30% 34% 18% 61%
Don’t know 20% 20% 14% 18%

34% favoured sending asylum seekers to Nauru and 16% favoured Malaysia, with a further 30% selecting ‘neither’.

Labor (34%) and Green voters (61%) were most likely to favour ‘neither’ – Liberal/National voters were most likely to favour Nauru (55%).

Males (37%) were more likely than females (31%) to favour Nauru. Females were more likely to select Don’t Know (25%).

Older respondents were more likely to favour Nauru – 48% of those aged 55+.

Younger respondents were more likely to select ‘neither’ – 37% of those aged 18-34.

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