Policy of indefinite offshore detention of asylum seekers and refugees

Sep 17, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the Australian Government’s policy of indefinite offshore detention of asylum seekers and refugees?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 25% 30% 20% 13% 23% 36%
Somewhat support 27% 29% 25% 33% 27% 22%
Somewhat oppose 15% 15% 15% 18% 13% 14%
Strongly oppose 17% 16% 17% 18% 16% 15%
Unsure 17% 10% 23% 18% 20% 13%
NET: Support 52% 59% 45% 46% 51% 58%
NET: Oppose 31% 31% 32% 36% 30% 29%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Strongly support 25% 14% 35% 8% 39%
Somewhat support 27% 27% 32% 24% 25%
Somewhat oppose 15% 20% 12% 17% 11%
Strongly oppose 17% 25% 7% 39% 14%
Unsure 17% 15% 14% 13% 10%
NET: Support 52% 40% 67% 32% 64%
NET: Oppose 31% 44% 19% 55% 26%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • Half of participants (52%) support the government’s policy of indefinite offshore detention of asylum seekers and refugees, with a quarter (25%) strongly supporting this policy.
  • Roughly two-thirds of Coalition (67%) or independent/other (64%) voters support this policy – along with three-fifths of participants on high income (61%).
  • Labor (44%) and Greens (55%) voters are more likely to oppose this policy.

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