The Lowy Institute released its latest poll, conducted in February 2014, on Australian attitudes to a range of international issues. In relation to asylum seekers and refugees, the poll found:
- 71% agreed the government should turn back boats when safe to do so
- 59% support offshore processing in Nauru and PNG
- 48% agree with temporary protection visas, and 49% disagree
- 47% agreed that all asylum seekers should be processed onshore, whether or not they come by boat, with 56% of younger Australians agreeing with this
- 42% agree that 'no asylum coming to Australia by boat should be allowed to settle in Australia’
- 48% of people considered asylum seekers arriving by boat as a 'critical threat', the fifth greatest threat to Australia, but while this is of "strong concern to parts of the community, [it is] of lesser concern across the broader population"
Most people consider the asylum seeker issue the most important priority in relations with Indonesia.