Treatment of asylum seekers

Jan 21, 2014

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

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees

26%

20%

36%

8%

27%

Asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees

46%

52%

35%

72%

51%

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

15%

13%

19%

4%

17%

All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia whether they are genuine refugees or not

3%

5%

1%

7%

1%

Don’t know

10%

10%

9%

9%

4%

46% think that asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees and 26% 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 15% 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 (36%), aged 55+ (32%) and those that had not completed secondary education (41%).

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 (52%) and those with university education (55%).

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