Survey shows vast majority of Australian votes want immigration significantly reduced

by Ray Clancy on October 27, 2017

in Australia Immigration

The vast majority of people in Australia want immigration to be reduced and almost half support a partial ban on Muslims being allowed to move to the country, a new report has found.

Some 74% of those surveyed by the Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) thought that the nation does not need more people with big majorities believing that population growth is putting a lot of pressure on hospitals, road, affordable housing and jobs.

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The research, which polled over 2,000 people eligible to vote in Australia, also found that 48% support a partial ban on Muslim immigration with only 25% opposed to such a move.

Authors Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell also wrote that Australia’s political and economic elites are disdainful of such views and have ignored what people actually think about immigration.

‘They see high immigration as part of their commitment to the globalisation of Australia’s economy and society and thus it is not to be questioned. Elites elsewhere in the developed world hold similar values, but have had to retreat because of public opposition. Across Europe 15 to 20 per cent of voters currently support anti-immigration political parties,’ they say in the summary of the report.

‘Our review of elite opinion in Australia shows that here they think they can ignore public concerns. This is because their main source of information about public opinion on the issue, the Scanlon Foundation, has consistently reported that most Australians support their immigration and cultural diversity policies,’ it points out.

In their analysis, they say that the survey results are not due to economic adversity but the increasingly obvious impact of population growth on people’s quality of life and the rapid change in Australia’s ethnic and religious make-up.

The research found that anti-immigration sentiment is dispersed across the full spectrum of occupations. Over 70% of machinery operators and drivers had this view, as did around 60% of technical and trade workers as well as most of those with sub-professional white collar occupations. Around 505 of managers and professionals also thought immigration should be reduced

Some 55% agreed Australia was in danger of losing its culture and identity and 52% said the country had changed so much that it sometimes felt foreign. Their views come at a time when the Australian population increased by 389,000 to 24.5 million in the year to March 2017, largely due to increased immigration.

The authors said that the results revealed much higher public concern over immigration issues than recent surveys by the pro-migration Scanlon Foundation which they say the Government relies on for its policy making.

‘The elites think they do not need to worry about any popular discontent. This is because of what they are being told by the Scanlon Foundation, which has become their main source of information on public attitudes to immigration numbers and the resultant ethnic diversity,’ the report says.

‘According to the Foundation, except for a small group of racists cohering around the One Nation party, most people are happy with high migration and its consequences. The TAPRI survey challenges this judgement,’ it points out.

‘Whereas the latest Scanlon report, based on a survey in July/August 2016, found that just 34% of Australian residents thought that immigration levels were too high, the August 2017 TAPRI survey of Australian voters shows that 54% were now of this opinion,’ it explains, adding that the political implications of public opinion on immigration are significant.

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