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This was not an easy question to write.  To be comprehensive, it would have needed to explain that the policy is aimed primarily though not exclusively at the small boats phenomenon; that its aim is primarily to deter asylum seekers who are not presently illegal but will shortly become so; that the asylum seekers in question come via France; that the scheme is not “offshoring”; that its costs are unknown – and more. It might also have asked whether respondents believe that the policy will actually be put into effect, if it will effectively be struck down by the courts, and if the Government will then take further action.

Nonetheless, I think that our panel of Party members has got the gist of the scheme.  It was always likely to support it, but the strength of backing is striking: about eight in ten respondents are in favour.  And roughly one in six are opposed.