An annual survey has found more Australians are worried about immigration, but are positive about what the future holds
Groan! Not another shonky Scanlon survey: The great masters of leading questions. I knew it was Scanlon within moments of seeing the cheery results. I am not going to waste my time delving into this one. See my comments on previous ones. Mr Scanlon has set up an organization that campaigns for immigrant acceptance. Sad that they think they can further that aim by dishonestly pretending to do objective research
More Australians are worried about immigration but they are still in the minority, according to the Scanlon Foundation’s 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report.
Of the 1500 people interviewed for the annual survey, about 43 per cent thought immigration was “too high” — an increase of nine per cent compared to two years ago.
But a majority of 52 per cent still thought immigration was “about right” or “too low”.
Report author Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University said the results did not support the narrative that immigration was supported mainly by minorities and also differed to results from other surveys including a Newspoll in April that found 56 per cent thought the immigration cap was too high.
“There are all sorts of concerns about diversity articulated in some quarters — but this remains a minority viewpoint,” Prof Andrew Markus told news.com.au.
“The central message is, even though there are heightened concerns, immigration is not something that should be abandoned.”
But the results varied among voters of different political parties.
Among potential Coalition voters, the Scanlon survey found 54 to 56 per cent considered the immigration intake to be “too high”, but among potential Labor voters it was lower — between 36 and 43 per cent.
It also varied among cities. In Sydney, 51 per cent thought it was too high, while in Melbourne only 33 per cent of respondents thought so.
Concerns about immigration also appear to be linked to other issues.
About 54 per cent were concerned about the impact of immigration on overcrowding in Australian cities, 50 per cent were concerned about the impact of immigration on house prices and 48 per cent had a negative view of the way Australian governments were managing population growth.