Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Australians split on Muslim migration ahead of new population policy

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Australians split on Muslim migration ahead of new population policy, by David Crowe at the SMH. The headline is true but misleading, presumably reflecting the political position of this PC newspaper.

A special Fairfax-Ipsos survey finds only 14 per cent of voters support an increase in the number of immigrants from Muslim countries while 35 per cent believe the intake should stay the same.

But another 46 per cent believe the intake should be reduced a lot or a little — a position backed by a clear majority of Coalition voters and one third of Labor voters. …

So, to put it without the spin, 14 percent for more Muslim immigration versus 46 percent against, with 35 percent neutral. (Breitbart’s headline might be more accurate: Support for Increase in Muslim Immigration Collapses in Australia.)

The exclusive poll was conducted after the Bourke Street terror attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali and amid growing calls from some conservative members of Parliament to cut migration from Muslim nations. …

On immigration levels:

A Fairfax-Ipsos urvey in October found stronger support for overall migration, with 23 per cent of respondents backing an increase in the intake and 29 per cent approving the current intake. Another 45 per cent wanted the intake to be cut a little or a lot. …

Again, to state it fairly by comparing the relevant numbers: 23 percent are for an increase versus 45 percent for a decrease, with 29 percent neutral.

Attitudes to Muslims are changing slowly:

While 31.9 per cent of respondents said they had a positive attitude to Muslims in 2010, this slipped to 28.3 per cent in the Scanlon research in 2017. The proportion with a negative attitude rose from 23.5 per cent to 25 per cent, but there was no consistent year-on-year trend up or down over the period. …

On electricity prices:

While 47 per cent said the government’s first objective should be to reduce prices, 39 per cent said it should be reducing carbon emissions. …

On leaders:

Mr Morrison has a personal lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister, 47 per cent to 35 per cent, a result that has been stable for three months.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific