Israel-Palestine Conflict

Apr 18, 2011

Q. To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

Total agree Total disagree Total Neither/ Don’t know Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Australia should support the Israelis rather than Palestinians 14% 23% 62% 6% 8% 33% 12% 11% 29%
Being critical of Israel makes a person anti- Semitic 10% 46% 45% 4% 6% 23% 24% 22% 22%
The Palestine- Israel conflict fuels anti- Semitism in Australia 27% 24% 49% 5% 22% 24% 17% 7% 25%
The Palestine- Israel conflict fuels anti-Muslim feelings in Australia 31% 21% 48% 7% 24% 24% 16% 5% 24%

The most common answers to these statements on the Israel/Palestine conflict were ”neither agree nor disagree” and “don’t know”. These results indicate both a low level of awareness/interest and an inclination not to take a position one way or the other. The finding that only 14% agree that Australia should support the Israelis rather than Palestinians underlines this reluctance to take sides on this issue.

Views on most statements were split – except for 46% disagreement that “Being critical of Israel makes a person anti-Semitic”.

Respondents were slightly more likely to think the Israel/Palestine conflict fuels anti-Muslim feeling that anti-Semitism.

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Fastest Growing Religion

Feb 28, 2011

Q. Which of the following religions do you think has grown the fastest in Australia during the 10 years between 1996 and 2006, when the last national census was taken?


Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Christianity (including Catholic, Uniting Church, Anglican, etc) 8% 7% 11% 7%
Hinduism 3% 2% 3% 4%
Islam (Muslim) 57% 58% 64% 50%
Buddhism 5% 3% 4% 11%
Judaism (Jewish) * 1%
Don’t know/Refuse 27% 29% 19% 27%


57% believe that Islam is the fastest growing religion in Australia. This perception is broadly similar across all age/gender groups – although a little higher for Liberal/National voters (64%) and those aged 55+ (65%).

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