Australians want the government to accept an offer from New Zealand to resettle refugees in detention on Nauru, according to a new poll.
The YouGov Galaxy poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph reveals 79 per cent of people want children and their families transferred off the island.
Support for the NZ deal was strongest among millennials, according to the poll of 1027 voters across Australia by the News Corp paper.
Half believe it would not open the floodgates to more refugees while a quarter said they would vote for the coalition if it agreed to the resettlement deal. But 44 per cent said it would not influence their vote.
On Saturday, more than 1000 people stopped traffic in the heart of Sydney while about 500 protesters in Melbourne rallied against the federal government’s offshore detention centres.
The health of asylum seekers on Nauru has shot to prominence in the past few weeks, with Scott Morrison under immense pressure to bring sick children and their families to Australia.
Eleven children were evacuated earlier this week, leaving 52 on the island. Refugee advocates say another four kids have since left Nauru.
Mr Morrison said about 30 people had been taken off Nauru over the past few weeks.
“Those numbers have been coming down and we will continue to work on that,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
“We have just been getting on and doing it like a responsible and compassionate government should.”
Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese said ahead of Saturday’s rallies that Australia could have strong borders “without losing our national soul”.