Importance of Asylum Seeker issue

Aug 4, 2015

Q. How important is the asylum seeker issue of in deciding which party you will vote for in the Federal election?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2013
The most important issue 7% 7% 8% 6% 9% 6%
One of the most important issues 29% 23% 35% 38% 28% 28%
Quite important but not as important as other issues 37% 44% 36% 33% 33% 37%
Not very important 10% 11% 11% 13% 9% 14%
Not at all important 9% 9% 7% 6% 17% 10%
Don’t know 8% 5% 3% 4% 4% 5%

36% of respondents think the asylum seeker issue is the most important or one of the most important election issues.

43% of Liberal/National voters think it is one of or the most important issues.

These results are very similar to those from June 2013.

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”.

Government handling of asylum seekers issue

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

5 Mar

Total good

41%

19%

76%

8%

41%

39%

Total poor

35%

54%

7%

74%

34%

38%

Very good

24%

6%

52%

6%

21%

18%

Good

17%

13%

24%

2%

20%

21%

Neither good nor poor

18%

20%

14%

10%

21%

18%

Poor

12%

20%

4%

6%

15%

15%

Very poor

23%

34%

3%

68%

19%

23%

Don’t know

7%

8%

2%

7%

4%

5%

41% (up 2% since March) think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 35% (down 3%) think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (76%) and aged 55+ (54%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (54%) and Greens voters (74%).

Government handling of asylum seekers issue

Mar 5, 2014

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

Total good

39%

15%

72%

7%

36%

Total poor

38%

60%

10%

87%

42%

Very good

18%

4%

37%

4%

16%

Good

21%

11%

35%

3%

20%

Neither good nor poor

18%

19%

14%

4%

19%

Poor

15%

22%

8%

18%

16%

Very poor

23%

38%

2%

69%

26%

Don’t know

5%

6%

3%

3%

3%

39% think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 38% think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (72%) and aged 55+ (52%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (60%), Greens voters (87%) and aged under 35 (47%).

Importance of asylum seeker issue

Jul 29, 2013

Q. How important is the asylum seeker issue of in deciding which party you will vote for in the Federal election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

17 Jun 13

The most important issue

7%

6%

8%

4%

6%

One of the most important issues

28%

27%

31%

34%

28%

Quite important but not as important as other issues

35%

40%

36%

33%

37%

Not very important

16%

16%

16%

19%

14%

Not at all important

8%

7%

8%

9%

10%

Don’t know

6%

4%

1%

1%

5%

35% of respondents think the asylum seeker issue is the most important or one of the most important election issues.

39% of Liberal/National voters think it is one of or the most important issues.

Concern about Asylum Seekers (based on information about arrivals)

Aug 8, 2011

Q.  Actually, the number of asylum seekers reaching Australia by boat has fallen by more than half in 2011 compared to 2010. Based on that information, now how concerned are you about the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very concerned 33% 24% 43% 9%
Somewhat concerned 25% 27% 30% 11%
A little concerned 20% 23% 17% 26%
Not at all concerned 19% 25% 8% 50%
Don’t know 3% 2% 1% 3%

When told that the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat had fallen by more than half, 33% said they were very concerned (down 10% from the earlier question), 25% somewhat concerned (up 1%) and 39% a little or not concerned (up 9%).

The shifts were similar across all demographic groups.

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Support for Sending Asylum Seekers to Malaysia

Aug 1, 2011

Q. The Government has recently made an agreement to send asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia to Malaysia for processing, and in return Australia will take a fixed number of refugees from Malaysia. Do you support or oppose this agreement?

16 June 11 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 40% 31% 50% 25% 19%
Total oppose 39% 53% 31% 67% 60%
Strongly support 13% 6% 9% 4% 3%
Support 27% 25% 41% 21% 16%
Oppose 22% 23% 17% 24% 35%
Strongly oppose 17% 30% 14% 43% 25%
Don’t know 21% 16% 18% 9% 21%

31% support the agreement to send asylum seekers to Malaysia for processing and 53% oppose. This represents a significant increase in opposition to this scheme from that recorded 6 weeks ago – support is down 9% and opposition up 14%.

This shift is mainly due to changed opinions of Liberal/National voters. Support from Labor voters is up 3% to 50% while opposition from Liberal/National voters has increased by 22% to 67%. Opposition from Greens voters has also increased by 9% to 60%.

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Support for Malaysia Proposal

Jun 14, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s plan to send asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia to Malaysia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Heard a lot Heard something Heard a little/ nothing
Total support 40% 47% 40% 27% 34% 42% 46%
Total oppose 39% 33% 45% 51% 60% 39% 28%
Strongly support 13% 13% 15% 4% 14% 11% 15%
Support 27% 34% 25% 23% 20% 31% 31%
Oppose 22% 21% 24% 31% 26% 24% 20%
Strongly oppose 17% 12% 21% 20% 34% 15% 8%
Don’t know 21% 20% 14% 23% 6% 19% 27%

40% support the Government’s plan to send asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia to Malaysia and 39% oppose.

Those who say they have heard more about it are more likely to oppose this proposal.  Only 34% of those who have heard a lot about it support the proposal compared to 46% of those who have heard a little or nothing. There were not substantial differences by gender or age.

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