Half of Australians would support a ban on all Muslim immigration, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The poll by Essential Vision asked 1,075 Aussies about whether they would support or oppose a ban on Muslim immigration. The results show that 49 percent favor a ban, 40 percent oppose it, while 11 percent don’t know.
The most common reason for supporting a ban is that Muslims “do not integrate into Australian society.”
Member of Parliament Pauline Hanson made headlines when she proposed a ban on the burqa and a moratorium on Muslim immigration during a speech Sept. 14. Hanson, who founded anti-immigration party One Nation in the 1990s, warned that the country is in danger of getting “swamped” by Muslims. (RELATED: Australia Senator Calls For Muslim Immigration, Burqa Ban)
Hanson recently returned to the parliament after a 20-year absence. She was attacked by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane for her “prejudice, racism and bigotry” in a Wednesday op-ed in The Guardian.
“Everyone has a right to free speech and to call out prejudice, racism and bigotry,” Soutphommasane wrote. “If people don’t want to be called racist or bigoted, they can begin by not doing things that involve racism or bigotry.”
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