Statements about immigration and multiculturalism

Jan 15, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding multiculturalism in Australia?

NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society 67% 26% 27% 40% 16% 10% 7%
Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians 67% 27% 27% 40% 18% 9% 6%
Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia 53% 40% 19% 34% 24% 16% 7%

Over two-thirds of Australians agree that ‘Immigration has made a positive contribution to Australian society’ (67%) and ‘Multiculturalism enriches the social and economic lives of Australians’ (67%).

However, over half (53%) expressed a concern that ‘Multiculturalism causes social division and religious extremism in Australia’. Concern was highest among those aged over 55 years (60%).