‘We’re full!’ Overwhelming number of Australians say the country doesn’t need any more immigration as voters reject ‘leftist elites’
- Survey of 2,029 people was done by Australian Population Research Institute
- It found that half of the Australian electorate want a reduction in immigration
- About 72 per cent of respondents said Australia does not need any more people
- Many politicians have supported plans for a Big Australia for almost 20 years
The majority of Aussies are against 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 any immigrants into the country since March, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison closed the borders to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But the survey found that half of the Australian electorate want a reduction in immigration, fearing it causes more pollution and affects lifestyle.
The authors of the study said people worried that ‘high immigration was responsible for the deterioration of the quality of life in Australia’s big cities, as well as stressing its natural environment’.
‘Moreover, at least half the electorate do not support the progressive cultural values that left elites (including Labor’s leaders) regard as legitimating high immigration,’ authors Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell wrote.
A study found that half the Australian electorate want a reduction in immigration due to the belief it affects the way of life (pictured: A packed Bondi Beach on October 5, 2020)
This goes hand-in-hand with an overwhelming 72 per cent of respondents who said Australia does not need any more people.
‘This is a key finding since it shows that there is only lukewarm support for the core Big Australia strategy of high immigration,’ the TAPRI academics told news.com.au.
‘We can say with confidence based on our and other surveys that half the electorate are prepared to say, within the safety of an anonymous survey, that immigration should be reduced.’
Many politicians have supported plans for a Big Australia for almost 20 years, but the survey found people no longer believe it is ‘possible’ to accommodate more immigrants.
‘The conditions that made it possible to sustain a Big Australia and ignore this concern no longer exist in the post-Covid environment,’ the study read.
‘If the Coalition, or Labor, does try to revive a Big Australia many of these voters would respond readily to any attempt to mobilise them.
Australia’s population currently sits at 25,715,134 as of October 27, 2020.
The survey found that most respondents who took a stance against more immigration were not university educated, while those with a degree were more likely to back immigration.
Commuters are seen at Town Hall train station in Sydney, Friday, August 23, 2019