Survey: Nearly half of all Australians support a partial ban on Muslim immigration

Survey: Nearly half of all Australians support a partial ban on Muslim immigration. By AAP.

Three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn’t need any more people and nearly half support a partial ban on Muslim immigrants.

An Australian Population Research Institute survey of more than 2000 people also found 54 per cent want a reduction in the annual migrant intake. …

“Australian voters’ concern about immigration levels and ethnic diversity does not derive from economic adversity,” academics Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell wrote in a report based on the survey.

“Rather, it stems from the increasingly obvious impact of population growth on their quality of life and the rapid change in Australia’s ethnic and religious make-up.” …

The strongest support for the partial ban came from One Nation voters (89 per cent), with more than 50 per cent of Liberal voters agreeing and just over a third of Labor supporters.

More than half of those surveyed feared Australia risked losing its culture and identity, with a similar number saying it had changed beyond recognition and sometimes “felt like a foreign country”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil