Australians Say Country is Too Crowded

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in Australia think their country cannot allow more inhabitants at this time, according to a poll by Essential Research. 75 per cent of respondents say the country lacks the infrastructure and proper services to support a larger population, and 61 per cent say the country’s fragile environment cannot bear the burden of a growing population.

In addition, 65 per cent of respondents say that immigration should be slowed because it causes too much change to Australian society. Most people disagree that a larger population translates into economic benefits for the country, and that Australia has the space and resources to accommodate much more people.

Australia’s population is currently estimated at just over 22 million. The overall level of immigration to Australia grew from just over 30,000 in 1992 and 1993, to more than 177,000 in 2006 and 2007.

On Mar. 5, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman called for the federal government to draw a national strategy that would set the desired population size at 35.9 million, declaring, "Let’s have the debate, let’s see why we need a population like that to support the taxbase to ensure that we can pay for people in their old age and hospitals."

Polling Data

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Australia’s population growth?




We just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth



Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society



Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population



Having a larger population will help our economy



Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population



Source: Essential Research
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,009 Australian adults, conducted from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2010. No margin of error was provided.


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This archive includes polls conducted prior to October 2014 by Angus Reid Global, formerly the public affairs research practice of Vision Critical. We are grateful to Vision Critical for their generous donation of this data.