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%).

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