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Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll: Asylum Seekers

Time for another weekly poll, and another serious issue:

Do you agree with Australia’s asylum seeker policies?

Total Votes: 43
Started: February 24, 2007

Feel free to discuss the poll subject in the comments below. You need to be a registered member of Samuel’s Blog to comment, but anyone can vote. The system will attempt to prevent you from voting more than once, and whilst it might not always be able to do that, I request that you only vote once.

Disclaimer: This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you’re using these numbers to do anything important, you’re insane. That being said, I do try to keep the results fair and accurate, and I try to prevent abuse by unscrupulous voters, but I can’t make any guarantees.

Now for the results from last week’s poll.

Did US President George W. Bush make the right decision by committing more troops to Iraq during the week?

Total Votes: 19
Started: February 17, 2007

I have to admit that I didn’t expect the results to be anywhere near as close as they were, but I suppose that shows just how tricky the issue really is.

For a list of all previous results, see the Weekly Poll Results page [2].


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#1 Comment By Craig-Dubious On February 25, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

Don’t let those queue jumpers set a single foot on the mainland
until they’ve been thoroughly checked out !

#2 Comment By Bearded Clam On February 26, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

I hate it when they let those asylum-seekers out to act like frogs in the local park!

#3 Comment By David-H-Eastwood On February 26, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

We don’t want them on OUR mainland period ! Go back to where you came from you gate crashers !
Apply through the normal channels yoy selfish bastards !

#4 Comment By Samuel On February 26, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

With the exception of genuine refugees, there is an immigration system in place…use it if you want to come in to the country, otherwise keep out.

#5 Comment By Bearded Clam On February 26, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

Amanda Vanstone was the best Minister this country has ever had.

I hope they play her song on Mix.

#6 Comment By seepi On February 27, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

the numbers don’t seem to add up on these polls.

the vast majority of asylum seekers who we lock up are eventually found to be genuine refugees and allwed to stay.

therefore it is a terrible waste of money to persist with locking them up.

#7 Comment By Samuel On February 28, 2007 @ 12:42 am

What do you mean by “The numbers don’t seem to add up” seepi?

If what you say in the rest of your comment is true, then you have the most logical argument I have heard in a long time.

#8 Comment By seepi On February 28, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

Well Yes is 87%, No is 80% (but looks bigger on the bar graph) and partially is 2% (i’m sure it was 4% yesterday). And 27 people voted. It doesn’t add up to 100%, and the bar graph is way off.

On the asylum seekers I’m sure I’ve heard that over 90% are found to be genuine refugees and allowed to stay – and we then have to fork out on medical treatment for the depression and stress disorders they have developed after being locked up for years – not to mention the cost of the actual detention centres. It is a crazy system – as well as being a cruel one.

#9 Comment By Samuel On February 28, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

Well that’s got me beat Seepi because what I see on the graph is:
Yes (20 votes) 65%
No (9 votes) 29%
Partially (2 votes) 6%
Total votes: 31

#10 Comment By seepi On February 28, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

I think the numbers are sitting on top of each other. I’m only seeing 89% etc, not the (20 votes) bit. Probably why everything is looking like an 8. The numbers do look a bit funny/blocky.

#11 Comment By Samuel On February 28, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

What browser and operating system are you using seepi?

What should be happening is the number of votes appears on the graph by default, and the percentages appear when your mouse is hovering over the graph.

#12 Comment By Samuel On February 28, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

Just checked in Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP and it does render very strangely. The radio buttons have funny squares around them, and the text wraps according to the width of the graph of the bar…and you can’t get back to the vote screen after clicking on results. IE reports an “unknown runtime error”

Trouble is, the whole thing is standards compliant and works properly in Firefox.

Anybody else having issues with it on different browsers and platforms? I don’t currently have Opera installed, and don’t have access to a Mac, so I would be very interested to hear from people using those systems.

#13 Comment By Jey On March 2, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

I voted no.
That is all.