How the travel ban affects you
Travel bans are often unpopular, with a majority of Australians believing the ban will affect their personal travel, according to a new poll.
The poll of 3,000 Australians was conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The ABC’s poll of 1,000 people found that a majority (56 per cent) believe the travel restrictions will impact their personal activities.
The travel ban was announced on December 24, 2017, by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Donald Trump.
It includes all people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Mr Turnbull has said the ban should be extended for four years, but Mr Trump has called for a shorter time.
The survey found that 59 per cent of Australians (including the Prime Minister) support the ban, while 22 per cent do not.
The majority of people in favour of the ban are older, white, with lower levels of education and working class.
More than half (52 per cent), or 52 per cent, of the respondents said they had no plans to travel abroad.
Of those who said they would, 54 per cent said they were not likely to do so, while the other 40 per cent were unsure.
Only 3 per cent (3 per cent!) of those polled said they planned to leave the country.
Read more: Why Australia’s travel ban will not work People were divided on the policy itself.
Two thirds (66 per cent%) supported the ban for people who had been granted visas for family members or friends to travel, while 15 per cent disagreed.
Nearly two thirds (64 per cent)) of those who opposed the travel bans were not religious or ethnic minorities, and one in three (34 per cent?) said they did not consider themselves religious or ethnically diverse.
Only one in four (23 per cent; not including the non-Muslim respondents) believed the ban was discriminatory.
Ipsos Mori also asked respondents about the impact of the travel restriction on their personal lives.
Nearly half (48 per cent – excluding the Muslim respondents) of the people surveyed did not plan to travel in the next year.
This compares with 37 per cent who did not think their personal plans would change significantly.
Those who said their plans to change their plans were influenced by the travel rules were more likely to say they planned no travel at all.
About three in five (75 per cent or 72 per cent ) of respondents said that they did plan to change plans if the travel was no longer allowed.
This means that almost one in six (17 per cent and 17 per cent respectively) of Australians believe that the travel changes will have an impact on their own personal plans.
According to Ipsos, Australians who said that their personal and family lives would not change if the ban were lifted were also less likely to believe that their plans for personal travel would be impacted.
Another finding of the survey was that Australians who planned to travel overseas were less likely than those who did plan not to travel.
Nearly a third (33 per cent vs 38 per cent).
People who said travel restrictions would have no impact on them personally were more than twice as likely to plan to leave Australia as those who planned not to change travel plans.
However, Australians were less convinced that travel restrictions had a negative impact on other Australians’ lives.
More than a third of those surveyed (35 per cent); who planned no change in their plans; said their personal life would not be affected (32 per cent each).
This compares to 35 per cent for those who would change travel restrictions.
Overall, the poll found that most Australians believed the travel disruption would have a positive impact on personal travel (86 per cent plus one).
This includes people who planned travel to work or school, and those who are not religious.
However, people were more opposed to the ban than those for whom it had no impact.
More people (57 per cent + one) were opposed than in favour (53 per cent+ one).
More Australians believe the ban has a negative effect on other Australian people than those in favour.
One in five Australians believe other Australians will be less likely or unwilling to travel if the visa restrictions are lifted.
This includes 18 per cent in favour and 19 per cent opposed.
On the other hand, those in the majority (72 per cent+) who believe that other Australians are less likely and unwilling to leave their homes for Australia are more likely than the people who do not believe this (48 percent) to plan no change of plans in the near future.
In the case of the visa ban, those who believe it has a positive effect on the Australian economy were more supportive of it than those of the opposite view.
More Australians (69 per cent on one side and 58 per cent overall) believe it will have a negative or positive impact in the future on the economy.
“The impact of travel restrictions on other people’s lives will depend on whether they are religious, ethnic minorities or