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Australian voter support for Muslim immigration collapses

Australian voter support for the immigration of Muslims has collapsed after last week’s Islamic State-inspired terror attack in Melbourne.

Published: November 19, 2018, 7:55 am

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    A Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, showed that only 14 percent of voters still support the notion, down from from 23 percent, the Australian Financial Review reported.

    Moreover, only 35 percent of those polled think that the number of Muslims allowed into the country should stay the same, while 46 percent believe that the intake should be reduced either a lot or a little.

    Thus a clear majority back the governing conservative coalition’s policy as well as one third of Labor voters. The poll reflects voter sentiment in the wake of the Bourke Street terror attack by Somali immigrant Hassan Khalif Shire Ali in Melbourne.

    Some 12 months ago another survey revealed a majority of Australian voters believe the country is full and did not need new Muslim arrivals.

    The TAPRI poll outlined that 74 percent of respondents thought Australia did not need more people, since it was putting “a lot of pressure” on hospitals, roads, affordable housing and jobs.

    Fifty-four per cent wanted limited migration, while 55 percent agreed Australia “was in danger of losing its culture and identity”, and 52 percent said the country had changed so much that it sometimes felt foreign.

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