Polling Brief - Asylum Seeker Policy
The Australia Institute commissioned polling on a number of issues relating to refugee issues. In brief:
- 61% said that Australia should accept New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. This included 58% of Coalition voters and 62% of Labor voters.
- 66% said it should be legal for doctors to speak publicly about conditions in the camps and report and incidences of abuse to the police.
- About processing and setline asylum seekers arriving by boat:
o Only 27% said they should be sent to Manus and Nauru, and not come to Australia under any circumstances.
o 35% said they should be processed at these offshore camps, but those found to be genuine refugees should be settled in Australia.
o 28% said processing should happen in Australia.