Mayo: New Polling on Asylum Seekers and Adani

The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL to poll the federal seats of Mayo (766 respondents) on the evening of Wednesday 25 July.

Key Findings:

  • 59/41 two-party preferred, favouring Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie
  • 64% of Australians support bringing genuine refugees to Australia who arrive by boat, only a quarter support indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.
  • A majority oppose the Adani mine going ahead

Question: Of the following, how would you like to see asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia by boat managed?

 

Total

Female

Male

18-34

35-50

51-65

65+

They should be sent to camps on Manus Island and Nauru, and none should be allowed to come to Australia under any circumstances

25.4%

19.2%

32.0%

56.0%

18.0%

16.4%

21.7%

They should be sent to camps on Manus Island and Nauru, and those found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who are not found to be genuine refugees should be deported.

26.2%

27.8%

24.4%

5.2%

29.2%

34.1%

28.8%

They should be brought to Australia, and those found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who are not should be deported.

37.7%

40.0%

35.2%

33.6%

42.7%

38.9%

35.0%

None of these

6.5%

8.1%

4.9%

5.2%

6.7%

6.2%

8.0%

Don’t know / not sure

4.2%

4.8%

3.5%

0.0% 

3.4%

4.4%

6.6%

  •  

 

Total

Centre Alliance

Liberal

Labor

The Greens

Other

Undecided

They should be sent to camps on Manus Island and Nauru, and none should be allowed to come to Australia under any circumstances

25.4%

13.9%

48.6%

6.8%

3.8%

23.8%

0.0% 

They should be sent to camps on Manus Island and Nauru, and those found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who are not should be deported.

26.2%

27.7%

32.2%

13.6%

1.9%

19.0%

8.3%

They should be brought to Australia, and those found to be genuine refugees should be allowed to stay in Australia. Those who are not should be deported.

37.7%

44.6%

12.3%

70.5%

88.7%

47.6%

50.0%

None of these

6.5%

8.3%

4.7%

4.5%

5.7%

4.8%

16.7%

Don’t know / not sure

4.2%

5.5%

2.2%

4.5% 

0.0% 

4.8%

25.0%

 

Question: Do you support or oppose the Adani coal mine going ahead?

 

Total

Female

Male

18-34

35-50

51-65

65+

Support

23.4%

15.6%

31.8%

31.1%

22.6%

18.1%

24.4%

Oppose

53.1%

52.6%

53.5%

37.0%

58.8%

62.6%

48.9%

Don’t know/Not sure

23.5%

31.7%

14.7%

31.9%

18.6%

19.4%

26.7%

 

 

Total

Centre Alliance

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Other

Undecided

Support

23.4%

7.2%

51.3%

11.4%

3.8%

19.0%

8.3%

Oppose

53.1%

77.1%

16.7%

65.9%

65.4%

61.9%

41.7%

Don’t know/Not sure

23.5%

15.7%

32.0%

22.7%

30.8%

19.0%

50.0%

“The voters of Mayo overwhelmingly support settling refugees in Australia, no matter if they arrived by boat, including 38% who think asylum seekers should be processed in Australia,” said Ben Oquist, executive director of The Australia Institute.

“The community does not support the government’s cruel policy to leave genuine refugees to languish in indefinite detention in offshore camps.

“These poll results show the community understands that the Adani coal mine does not stack up environmentally or economically. It’s a dud project and the government should rule out any federal support for it.”

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