Approval of Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers?

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

18%

72%

7%

33%

Total disapprove

39%

59%

12%

83%

45%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

28%

5%

8%

Approve

26%

15%

44%

2%

25%

Disapprove

19%

26%

9%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

20%

33%

3%

58%

20%

Don’t know

22%

23%

15%

9%

22%

39% approve of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (72%) and aged 55+ (53%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (83%) and aged under 35 (46%).

Approach to handling asylum seekers

Aug 5, 2013

Q. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Opposition leader Tony Abbott have both recently made statements about the handling of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.

Do you think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

Do you think Tony Abbott’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

 

Kevin Rudd

 

Tony Abbott

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Too harsh

20%

19%

18%

49%

21%

38%

5%

42%

Too soft

24%

12%

35%

13%

20%

21%

16%

21%

About right

40%

53%

33%

25%

31%

11%

61%

7%

Don’t know

16%

16%

14%

13%

27%

31%

18%

30%

40% of respondents think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is about right and 31% think Tony Abbott’s approach is about right. Views are similar for both approaches in terms of whether they are too soft or too harsh – about one in five selected each option.

Kevin Rudd’s approach was more favoured by Labor voters (53%), aged 45-64 (45%) and tradespeople (51%). Tony Abbott’s approach was more favoured by Liberal/National voters (61%), men (37%), aged 65+ (46%) and tradespeople (40%).