Syrian brides

Oct 16, 2019

Q. In Syria, 20 Australian women and 46 children are being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces alongside their husbands who were captured while fighting for the Islamic State. These women and children are not considered prisoners of war but are unable to leave the camp and return to Australia.

It’s a complex situation where national security issues, human rights violations and the law all intersect.

Broadly, to what extent do you support or oppose these women and children returning to Australia?

    Gender Age
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 17% 15% 19% 29% 13% 10%
Somewhat support 22% 22% 22% 23% 26% 17%
Somewhat oppose 24% 30% 19% 10% 23% 37%
Strongly oppose 23% 21% 25% 23% 21% 26%
Don’t know 14% 12% 15% 15% 16% 10%
NET: Support 39% 37% 41% 52% 40% 27%
NET: Oppose 47% 51% 44% 34% 44% 62%
Base (n) 1,088 539 549 342 373 373

 

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly support 17% 18% 15% 29% 10%
Somewhat support 22% 26% 19% 28% 19%
Somewhat oppose 24% 20% 31% 10% 41%
Strongly oppose 23% 23% 28% 17% 20%
Don’t know 14% 13% 8% 16% 10%
NET: Support 39% 45% 33% 57% 29%
NET: Oppose 47% 42% 59% 27% 61%
Base (n) 1,088 343 380 107 130
  • Almost half (47%) of participants are opposed to the Syrian brides and children being returned to Australia – this is driven by those over 55 (62% opposed), those with professional qualifications (53%), non-capital residents (53%), Liberal voters (59%) and independent/other voters (61%).
  • Greens voters (57%), 18-34 year olds (52%) and university educated participants (49%) are most supportive of the families returning home.

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