Majority of Coalition voters support a Muslim ban in Australia: Newspoll

Protests erupted around the US in opposition to Mr Trump's Muslim travel ban.

Protests erupted around the US in opposition to Mr Trump's Muslim travel ban. Photo: AP

A majority of coalition voters would back Australia following Donald Trump’s lead and make it harder for Muslim citizens to travel down under, Newspoll shows.

More than 50 per cent of Liberal and Nationals voters surveyed in the poll, published by News Corp on Tuesday, are in favour of copying the president’s plan to suspend visas from Muslim-majority countries.

Overall voters are split on the issue, with the poll of more than 1700 showing 44 per cent supporting similar measures and 45 per cent opposing such action.

Mr Trump’s plan has caused outrage all over the world and has resulted in a political storm for the new US administration.

The ban is currently not in place after a US court ruled against it. Mr Trump has instructed lawyers to continue to appeal that decision so the ban can be reinstated.

Mr Trump has repeatedly voiced his disgust at the judge who made that decision, accusing him of wanting to let dangerous people into the US.

However Mr Trump’s opponents have used that criticism to paint the President as lacking respect for the separation of powers.

No senior Coalition figure in Australia – including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Foreign minister Julie Bishop – has criticised the ban, despite their counterparts in the UK, Canada and Germany doing so.

Govt wayward on tax: poll

Meantime a ReachTEL poll reported in Fairfax Media of the electorates of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor Tony Abbott found many voters do not believe the government is going the right way about it with its planned business tax cuts, and want more money spent on renewable energy.

More than half of voters in Wentworth and Warringah think the present 30 per cent business tax rate is about right or too low, while six in 10 favour policies closer to Labor’s 50 per cent renewable energy target.

The government has indicated it will use the autumn session of parliament to push ahead with its 10-year business tax plan to cut the rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

The first leg would lower the rate to 27.5 per cent for businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million.

“We are focused as a government on families getting ahead and businesses being the most successful they can be and hire more Australians,” Senator Cormann told ABC radio on Tuesday.

“We make no apologies for that.”

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