Public Poll Shows Majority of Australians Support Asylum Seekers

Phillip Coorey

August 16, 2011

MORE than half the population believes asylum seekers arriving by boat should be landed and processed in Australia, contradicting the policies of the two main parties, which advocate processing in a third country, a poll finds.

The latest Herald/Nielsen poll of 1400 people was taken from Thursday night to Saturday evening, after the High Court imposed an injunction on the Malaysia plan.

The poll finds 53 per cent of voters preferred that asylum seekers arriving by boat be allowed to land in Australia to be assessed.

Only 28 per cent felt they should be sent to another country for assessment, the approach of Labor and the Coalition, while 15 per cent said the arrivals should be ”sent back out to sea”.
Of those who thought asylum seekers should be processed in Australia, 55 per cent thought they should be held in detention while being processed, and 41 per cent thought they should be allowed to live in the community.

Half of those who opted for assessment in Australia or a third country thought those found to be refugees should be allowed to settle in Australia permanently.

The Greens are the only party that advocates processing asylum seekers in Australia. The government’s policy centres on Malaysia and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, while the Coalition would send the asylum seekers to Nauru.

A Labor MP from Victoria, Anna Burke, spoke out yesterday against her party’s Malaysia plan. ”I’m very concerned that we can’t really guarantee the safety of the individuals, the 800 who will be sent there,” she told the ABC.

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31 thoughts on “Public Poll Shows Majority of Australians Support Asylum Seekers

  1. it’s an interesting result but it will no doubt be attacked because it was taken from a very small sample (only 1400 people). it would be great to see a much broader sample. i really think what the country needs is a thorough education and information programme on this issue instead of the constant scaremongering. imagine if any of the political parties spent the kind of money that is being spent pushing the carbon tax on explaining the true plight of asylum seekers.

    • A sample of 1400 isn’t too bad. It’s sufficient to make statistical inferences as long as there is no selection bias.

      My concern is that Nielsen collects their data by randomly calling people. People are less inclined to declare their real views without the perceived safety of complete anonymity. Hence I’d expect some statistics are probably understated: 15%+ want the boats turned back out to sea, 3%+ want asylum seekers sent back regardless of the claim outcome.

      Speaking of the 15% who want the boats turned back, it’s a shame Nielsen didn’t question their rationale: are they simply racist or do they want to deter others considering such a risky ocean voyage?

  2. “Speaking of the 15% who want the boats turned back, it’s a shame Nielsen didn’t question their rationale: are they simply racist or do they want to deter others considering such a risky ocean voyage?”

    Gee Morgone such intrepid questioning – such intellectual fervour, labelling people who oppose the illegals gatecrashing their way into Australia as “racist” is standard issue left speak for ‘shut up and dont question anything we leftards deem to be non negotiable’.
    That leftards so keenly endorse the illegals flippant disregard for Australias laws isnt worth mentioning, as the illegals are yet another protected species. These days anyone who questions is straightaway labelled something supposedly unpleasant. Well guess what – leftard/socialist over use of the word “racist” has rendered that word meaningless – about as meaningless as your in depth analysis of illegal immigration.

  3. Non white newcomers to Australia are responsible for a disproportionately high percentage of crime committed in Australia, and that includes crime committed against the persons of native White Autralians. But we are not allowed to talk about that because its a sensitive subject and non White newcomers could get “hurt feelings”. lt doesnt matter that White Australians are being bashed robbed and raped, the only feelings White Australians are allowed to now know are feelings of guilt for all the harm the Whites have done everywhere. They must be repaid and who better to repay them than the non White newcomers. Wheres the mindless one – he is the orca king of White brogan bashing! All hail the mindless one!

    • Crime is attributed to socio-economic status – that is a proven statistic, unlike your allusions to crime being embedded in non-white DNA.

      So when institutionalised racism and societal discrimination gradually dissipates, we will see ethnic crime decrease, as non-whites will make up less of the lower socio-economic class.

    • “Non white newcomers to Australia are responsible for a disproportionately high percentage of crime…”

      I have to agree with Skrewl on this one – I saw it on ACA. Initially I was sceptical, but when Alan Jones had a rant about it I knew it was true.

      Admittedly, they did only mention one case, but surely this is indicative of the entire immigrant population. Surely?

    • ‘Tis a cross between a grogan and a bogan. Where is the mindless gaylord, he is having my baby on a shoestring budget. He’s so cheap. Bring on the orcas.

  4. brogan [ˈbrəʊgən]
    n
    (Clothing & Fashion) a heavy laced usually ankle-high work boot
    [from Gaelic brōgan a little shoe, from brōg shoe; see brogue2]

    I agree with Skrewl I’m tired of all the shoe bashing on this website!

  5. Ah yes but a grogan is a turd. So we are talking turdy shoes or to put it more succinctly the one worlders are working overtime to devalue our Western culture and replace it with a bland impersonation of a third worlder taking a dump – that is taking a dump on our superior Western culture. And dumping they are indeed doing.

  6. Really poll of 1400 out of what 25 million plus and saying Majority of people support Asylum seekering being processed in Australia iis going bit overboard in one statement… No question its issue that is hard to resolve for the good of Asylum seeker and australia people, locking them up for years until they decide whether they are or are not Refugee is not the answer to the problem and neither is building bigger detention center, regardless of which party hold office they need to put more people into that area so can process then faster..
    I think its Holland that has now followed Franch and change it views on many issue in regard to refugee and asylum seeker, it does not mean we should be following in there footstep, but we should be examing what they feel is effecting there countries culture ways, everybody need to look and question all issue without being one eyed .

      • question was asked why should we look at france and holland, well perhaps we might just learn something as nation to the problem they are having addressing the multiculturalism issue and maybe we can aviod having those problem…. what do you want to do bury your head in the sand and say we will never have that problem .

        The bill introduced read in part as follows = a new integration Bill, which the Dutch interior minister Piet Heir Donner presented to parliament on 16 june, reads : ” The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people.
        In the new intergration systems, the values of the Dutch society play a central role.
        With this changes, the government steps away from model of multicultural society. ”
        the letter continues, A more obligartory intergration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. its necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feel at home anymore in the Netherlandss….: it goes further so suggest you take the trouble to look it up…. as does have valued points to be considered. by everybody and speciall the government regardness of who in office …

  7. Australia like France and swedon [sic] and hollard[sic] are facing housing shortages due to asylum seekers oz is in a mess due to massive immigration numbers four thousand a week most of them now end up homeless and oz is overlooking we have had massive immigration numbers at four thousand people arriving on our door step every week.it would be wise if we built more housing , if we had to build more but most .people do not think that oz is running out of land and housing and a lot of the land in oz is sold to foreign investors.
    oz can not build more housing when oz does not own a lot of the land a bit like trying to get blood out of a stone.
    the u .s.a has dropped chemicals in the desert good old oz letting another country go to the toilet all over us oz is full we are congested look at the traffic,you can not move in some streets

    • We are very kind here at TAB and let even the impaired have their say. So Kaz, I have condensed your post to make it coherent, even though you also spammed the SBS website with the same post. Also please learn to write and punctuate our language correctly. Incoherent rants normally go to spam.

      Australia like France and swedon [sic] and hollard[sic] are facing housing shortages due to asylum seekers

      Proof? As in FACTS and EVIDENCE?

      oz is in a mess due to massive immigration numbers

      Proof? As in FACTS and EVIDENCE?

      most of them now end up homeless

      Nonsense!

      four thousand a week it would be wise if we built more housing ,

      It would be wise if we built more housing but we are NOT getting 4000 asylum seekers a week. There is a difference between asylum seekers and refugees (a handful) and immigrants.

      if we had to build more but most .people do not think that oz is running out of land and housing and a lot of the land in oz is sold to foreign investors.

      Not true – much of the land sold for foreign investors is in areas designated industrial or commercial

      oz can not build more housing when oz does not own a lot of the land a bit like trying to get blood out of a stone.

      Australia does own most of the land

      the u .s.a has dropped chemicals in the desert good old oz letting another country go to the toilet all over us

      Where, what chemicals and how much of them? This is worrying but what does it have to do with asylum seekers?

      oz is full we are congested look at the traffic,you can not move in some streets

      Well leave Melbourne then.

  8. Good on you ‘Skrewl’ and ‘no one you know’! Good to see more and more people calling foul and calling time on the nonsense of the “anti-bogans”. They’re seeing that not exactly all Australians are so eagerly shuffling off quietly to their own demise, and neither is the penchant for slander, rumour mongering, lies, and innuendo that they engage in about people (which is apparently supposed to take the place of discussion) having the desired affect!

    • ‘They’re seeing that not exactly all Australians are so eagerly shuffling off quietly to their own demise’

      this site is ample evidence that not EVERYONE is for multiculturalism scotty. or can’t you read?

      and multiculturalism isn’t killing anyone. far from it, in fact. it fills a labour shortage that cannot be filled otherwise.

      and also, facts and statistics for all your opinions pls.

      ‘and neither is the penchant for slander, rumour mongering, lies, and innuendo that they engage in about people ‘

      they slandered themselves, dipshit, as have you on facebook for the repeated amusement of all and sundry.

      ‘affect’

      *effect. christ almighty, scotty. i’m a dirty immigrant from a third world country and i daresay my english is better than yours.

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