Half Of Australia Supports Banning Muslim Immigration, According To New Poll

The respected pollster ran the poll twice to confirm the results.

1. A new poll has found almost 50% of Australians would support Pauline Hanson’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration, with many suggesting Muslims “do not integrate into Australian society”.

Half Of Australia Supports Banning Muslim Immigration, According To New Poll

The polling was conducted by Essential Research in the wake of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s speech to the parliament last week.

2. It polled more than 1000 people and found 49% of Australians supported a ban, including more than a third of Greens voters.

Half Of Australia Supports Banning Muslim Immigration, According To New Poll

3. When those respondents were asked why, more than 40% suggested it was because they fear that Muslims don’t “integrate” into Australian society and 27% suggested it was because Muslims represented a “terrorist threat”.

Half Of Australia Supports Banning Muslim Immigration, According To New Poll

Executive director of EMC research Peter Lewis told BuzzFeed News he was surprised by the results, so ran the poll again.

“I thought it would be more than the actual Hanson vote, but the actual level of support surprised me,” said Lewis.

“I was worried it was what we call a ‘rogue poll’… so we repeated and got the exact same result.”

Essential’s research polls are sent out to around 8,000 people online every week, with respondents given “points” as incentives to complete the poll.

The company’s poll before the 2016 election, was within 0.1% of the final two-party preferred result.

4. It prompted Labor’s Tim Watts to suggest Hanson’s “xenophobia” could lead Australia to cut itself off from its largest neighbour, Muslim-democracy Indonesia.

7. Hanson and her three One Nation senators are the only Australian politicians to echo US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a Muslim ban.

But within the government, Queensland MP George Christensen has suggested Australia should ban immigration from Middle Eastern countries which have suffered from Islamic extremism.

On Wednesday, Christensen said the poll results “reflect community concerns over the threat of radical Islam” but Australia should not ban Muslim immigration.

“While I don’t agree with banning Muslims from migrating to Australia, I think it would be a sound policy to ban immigration from certain countries where radical Islam is present and there is a high degree of violent extremism.”

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