Whether asylum seekers are genuine refugees

Apr 14, 2015

Q. As far as you know, are most asylum seekers arriving by in Australia boat genuine refugees or are most of them not genuine refugees?

 

 

Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2014
Most of them are genuine refugees 32% 37% 26% 64% 27% 30%
Most of them are not genuine refugees 43% 40% 53% 16% 50% 47%
Don’t know 25% 22% 21% 20% 24% 23%

43% of respondents believe that most asylum seekers arriving by boat are not genuine refugees – 32% believe most are genuine refugees. This is a shift toward believing they are genuine since this question was asked in January last year.

Those more likely to think most are not genuine refugees were Liberal/National voters (53%) and aged 55+ (59%). Those more likely to think most are genuine refugees were Greens voters (64%), Labor voters (37%) and those with university education (42%).

Treatment of asylum seekers

Apr 14, 2015

Q. Which of the following comes is closest to your view? 

   Total    Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2014
All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees 21% 21% 27% 4% 16% 26%
Asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees 49% 56% 43% 72% 42% 46%
Asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees 16% 12% 20% 8% 21% 15%
All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia whether they are genuine refugees or not 3% 3% 3% 6% 9% 3%
Don’t know 11% 8% 7% 11% 11% 10%

49% (up 3% since January 2014) think that asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees and 21% (down 5%) think all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees. Only 16% think asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees.

Those more likely to think they should be sent back to the country they came from were Liberal/National voters (27%) and aged 55+ (25%).

Those more likely to think they should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees were Greens voters (72%), Labor voters (56%) and those with university education (56%).

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 handling of asylum seekers issue

Jan 28, 2015

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Federal Liberal/National Government in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat? 

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Mar 2014

Jul 2014

Total good

38%

22%

72%

6%

40%

39%

41%

Total poor

36%

53%

8%

80%

35%

38%

35%

Very good

20%

8%

44%

2%

19%

18%

24%

Good

18%

14%

28%

4%

21%

21%

17%

Neither good nor poor

19%

19%

19%

10%

21%

18%

18%

Poor

15%

20%

7%

19%

19%

15%

12%

Very poor

21%

33%

1%

61%

16%

23%

23%

Don’t know

7%

6%

2%

3%

4%

5%

7%

38% (down 3% since last July) think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 36% (up 1%) think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (72%), men (46%) and aged 55+ (54%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (80%).

Support for sending asylum seekers to Cambodia

Jan 28, 2015

Q.  The Government recently made an agreement to send asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia to Cambodia in exchange for increased foreign aid. Do you support or oppose this agreement? 

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

44%

36%

67%

10%

41%

Total oppose

32%

42%

12%

71%

37%

Strongly support

11%

8%

19%

2%

9%

Support

33%

28%

48%

8%

32%

Oppose

17%

21%

9%

28%

23%

Strongly oppose

15%

21%

3%

43%

14%

Don’t know

24%

21%

21%

19%

22%

44% support the Government’s agreement to send asylum seekers to Cambodia and 32% oppose.

Those most likely to support were Liberal/National voters (67%) and men (50%).

Those most likely to oppose were Greens voters (71%) and Labor voters (42%).

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