Party with Best Policy on Handling Asylum Seeker issue

Aug 4, 2015

Q. Which party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2013
Labor 12% 32% 2% 4% 1% 13%
Liberal 37% 11% 78% 4% 32% 38%
Greens 8% 7% 3% 55% 6% 7%
None of them 24% 29% 11% 27% 41% 31%
Don’t know 19% 21% 6% 9% 19% 11%

37% think the Liberal Party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat and 12% think the Labor Party has the best policy. 24% think no party has the best policy. These results are very similar to those from June 2013.

Only 32% of Labor voters think the Labor Party has the best policy compared with 78% of Liberal/National voters who think the Liberals have the best policy.

Of those who think the asylum seeker issue is one of or the most important election issue, 46% think that the Liberals have the best policy, 15% think Labor has the best policy, 12% think the Greens have the best policy and 14% think none of them do.

Government’s handling of asylum seekers

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Which of the following words would you use to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Responsible

45%

26%

75%

14%

42%

50%

40%

30%

43%

64%

Fair

45%

25%

76%

10%

44%

48%

41%

29%

43%

66%

Too secretive

45%

69%

16%

75%

54%

44%

46%

50%

45%

40%

Just playing politics

45%

65%

20%

66%

56%

48%

41%

51%

45%

36%

Principled

43%

28%

69%

25%

29%

49%

36%

30%

45%

54%

Stubborn

42%

57%

24%

72%

44%

43%

41%

47%

39%

42%

Balanced

37%

20%

65%

13%

26%

42%

32%

23%

37%

54%

Unethical

33%

50%

10%

69%

37%

32%

35%

41%

32%

26%

Populist

31%

38%

23%

37%

37%

36%

25%

28%

33%

31%

Cruel

30%

46%

10%

64%

34%

29%

32%

39%

29%

23%

Too hard

29%

44%

10%

61%

32%

27%

31%

36%

28%

23%

Too soft

26%

22%

30%

12%

37%

29%

24%

19%

27%

34%

Respondents were more likely to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers as “responsible” and “fair” but also as “too secretive” and “just playing politics” (all 45%). 26% describe their handling of the issue as “too soft”, 29% as “too hard” and 30% as “cruel”.

Liberal/National voters were most likely to think the handling was “fair” (76%) and “responsible” (75%).

Labor voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (69%) and “just playing politics” (65%).

Greens voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (75%), “stubborn” (72%) and “unethical” (69%).

Of those aged under 35, only 23% thought the handling of the issue was “balanced” and 29% thought it was “fair”.

Government handling of asylum seekers issue

Jul 8, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Federal Liberal/National Government in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat? 

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

5 Mar

Total good

41%

19%

76%

8%

41%

39%

Total poor

35%

54%

7%

74%

34%

38%

Very good

24%

6%

52%

6%

21%

18%

Good

17%

13%

24%

2%

20%

21%

Neither good nor poor

18%

20%

14%

10%

21%

18%

Poor

12%

20%

4%

6%

15%

15%

Very poor

23%

34%

3%

68%

19%

23%

Don’t know

7%

8%

2%

7%

4%

5%

41% (up 2% since March) think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 35% (down 3%) think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (76%) and aged 55+ (54%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (54%) and Greens voters (74%).

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Jul 8, 2014

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 10

Jul 12

Jan 14

Mar 14

Too tough

27%

46%

5%

71%

21%

7%

12%

22%

25%

Too soft

18%

17%

20%

8%

24%

63%

60%

25%

28%

Taking the right approach

36%

19%

65%

7%

37%

18%

11%

35%

34%

Don’t know

18%

19%

9%

14%

17%

12%

17%

18%

13%

18% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 27% think they are too tough and 36% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in March, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased slightly from 25% to 27% – while too soft has declined from 28% to 18%. Those unable to give an opinion has increased from 13% to 18%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (65%) and aged 55+ (52%).

Party with best policy on handling asylum seeker issue

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Which party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

17 Jun 13

Labor

25%

58%

4%

10%

13%

Liberal

26%

3%

57%

2%

38%

Greens

6%

5%

1%

44%

7%

None of them

28%

21%

25%

29%

31%

Don’t know

15%

13%

13%

15%

11%

26% (down 12% since June) think the Liberal Party has the best policy for handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat and 25% (up 12%) think the Labor Party has the best policy. 28% think no party has the best policy.

58% (up 22%) of Labor voters think the Labor Party has the best policy compared with 57% (down 17%) of Liberal/National voters who think the Liberals have the best policy.

Of those who think the asylum seeker issue is one of or the most important election issue, 35% think that Labor has the best policy, 29% think the Liberals have the best policy and 17% think none of them do.

 

Asylum Seeker Policies

Jul 2, 2012

Q. Thinking about handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat, which approach do you favour?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Labor policy of offshore processing in Malaysia

18%

44%

3%

17%

The Liberal policy of offshore processing in Nauru

35%

8%

68%

2%

The Greens policy of onshore processing in Australia

14%

15%

6%

57%

None of above

16%

14%

12%

14%

Don’t know

17%

18%

11%

9%

The Liberal’s policy of offshore processing asylum seekers in Nauru was the most preferred option (35%). 18% favoured the Labor policy of offshore processing in Malaysia and 14% favoured the Greens’ policy of onshore processing in Australia.

A majority of Liberal/National voters and Greens voters favoured their own party’s policy but only 44% of Labor voters favoured the Labor policy.

The Liberal’s policy was favoured by 41% of men and 47% of those aged 55+.

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