The government’s new asylum seeker deal with Papua New Guinea appears to be gaining support from voters, according to poll results published today.


But tell that to vocal campaigners, who were out in force again today opposing the move.

Hundreds marched through central Sydney lambasting the government over its hardline Papua New Guinea settlement deal, as immigration confirmed a fifth group of asylum seekers has been sent there.

“I oppose quite strongly both of their approaches to immigrations, to so called illegal immigrants,” one protester told SBS.

“I’d like to see a much more compassionated or humanitarian approach.”

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd continues to defend the airing of Labor’s new asylum advertisements during the campaign.

“Paying a people smuggler is not a ticket to Australia, the rules have now changed,” he says.

But Australia’s not the only country clamping down on illegal immigration.

The British government has just launched a poster campaign, telling illegal immigrants to go home or face arrest.

“I think it is a fantastic idea. We need to clean up the mess because it is creating a lot of problems here,” one man says.

“Maybe that isn’t the way to do it but everybody has to abide by the law in the UK,” says a woman.

But despite the protests, crackdowns on illegal immigration are proving to be a vote winners in many western countries.

A Fairfax-Neilson poll out today shows Labor’s new get tough asylum policy is resonating with the Australian public. The gap between Labor and the Coalition on the asylum issue has narrowed to just 8 points.

Right now, Labor and the Coalition are out to see whose message resonates on election day.