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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Malaysia Proposal Issues

Jun 14, 2011

Q. If Australia sends asylum seekers to Malaysia, how important are the following issues?

Very important Somewhat important Not very important Not at all important Don’t know
There must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment 58% 21% 9% 9% 4%
There must be safeguards against the development of mental health problems in detention 41% 32% 13% 9% 5%
The plan should have approval from the United Nations 37% 29% 14% 15% 6%
All countries involved should be signatories to the United Nations Refugee Convention 41% 27% 13% 12% 8%
Children arriving in Australia on their own should not be sent to other countries 36% 25% 14% 12% 12%

All issues were considered important by a majority of respondents. The most important issue concerning the proposal to send asylum seekers to Malaysia was that “there must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment” – 58% said this was very important.

There were major differences by gender – in particular on the issues that “there must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment” (very important – men 49%, women 66%) and “There must be safeguards against the development of mental health problems in detention” (very important – men 33%, women 49%)

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Federal Budget

Apr 5, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Australian Government’s proposal to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in East Timor?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total support 37% 47% 33% 38% 42% 32% 40% 37% 35%
Total oppose 38% 27% 46% 38% 39% 36% 29% 39% 46%
Strongly support 11% 13% 9% 5% 12% 9% 8% 11% 13%
Support 26% 34% 24% 33% 30% 23% 32% 26% 22%
Oppose 18% 16% 20% 22% 18% 18% 17% 20% 18%
Strongly oppose 20% 11% 26% 16% 21% 18% 12% 19% 28%
Don’t know 25% 25% 21% 25% 19% 32% 31% 24% 20%

Opinions on the Australian Government’s proposal to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in East Timor are evenly divided – 37% support the proposal and 38% oppose.

Strongest support comes from Labor voters (47%) and those aged 18-34 (40%). Strongest opposition comes form Liberal/National voters (46%) and those aged 55+ (46%).

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