“Were full!” Overwhelming number of Australians say country no longer needs immigration as voters reject ‘left-wing elites’
- A survey of 2,029 people was conducted by the Australian Population Research Institute
- It turned out that half of Australian voters want a reduction in immigration
- About 72 percent of respondents said Australia doesn’t need more people
- Many politicians have supported plans for a Big Australia for almost 20 years
The majority of Aussies oppose plans for a ‘Big Australia’ with continued mass migration, fearing it could affect their way of life, according to a pre-COVID survey.
A survey of 2,029 people was conducted by The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) in October and November 2019.
Australia has not welcomed immigrants into the country since March, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison closed its borders to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But the survey found that half of Australian voters want a cut in immigration, fearing it will cause more pollution and affect lifestyle.
The authors of the study said people were concerned that “high immigration was responsible for the deterioration in the quality of life in Australia’s major cities, as well as for emphasizing the natural environment.”
“In addition, at least half of voters do not support the progressive cultural values that elites (including Labor leaders) view as legitimizing high immigration,” wrote authors Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell.
A study found that half of Australian voters want a reduction in immigration because of the belief it affects the way of life (photo: a packed Bondi beach on Oct. 5, 2020)
This goes hand in hand with an overwhelming 72 percent of respondents saying Australia doesn’t need more people.
“This is an important finding because it shows that there is only lukewarm support for Big Australia’s core strategy of high immigration,” said the TAPRI academics. news.com.au.
“We can say with confidence, based on our and other surveys, that half of the voters are willing, within the security of an anonymous survey, to say that immigration should be reduced.”
Many politicians have supported plans for a Big Australia for nearly 20 years, but the survey found that people no longer believe it is ‘possible’ to house more immigrants.
“The conditions that made it possible to sustain a Big Australia and ignore these concerns no longer exist in the post-Covid environment,” the study read.
If the Coalition, or Labor, were trying to revive a Big Australia, many of these voters would respond quickly to any attempt to mobilize them.
As of October 27, 2020, Australia currently has 25,715,134 inhabitants.
The survey found that most respondents who opposed more immigration were not college educated, while those with degrees were more likely to support immigration.
Commuters are seen at the Sydney City Hall train station, Friday 23 August 2019
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