KELSEY MUNRO AND ALEX OLIVER: Polls apart: how Australian views have changed on ‘boat people’. (Lowy Institute 19.2.2019)

When Lowy Institute polling has focused on the issue of asylum seekers and boat arrivals, the number of respondents who expressed the highest level of concern (“very concerned”) about “unauthorised asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat” remained surprisingly steady, even between 2010 and 2013 where there was a very significant increase in boat arrivals.