Both Nielsen and Essential have polled on the governments recent plans for dealing with boat arrival refugees. The results seem quite sensitive to whether or not Australia is perceived as getting a good deal.
In one Essential question worded in a way that implied a straight swap of refugees between Australia and Malaysia the public was evenly divided, 40-40. But if told that that sending refugees offshore would cost more, the numbers change to 60-23 against.
Nielsen told respondents about the 1 for 5 deal, and came up with 58-35 against. (And at last a Fairfax paper is putting the full poll details online.)
The 1 for 5 deal does seem very favourable for Malaysia. If the government hasn’t guessed right about the changed incentives, they will look ridiculous.