In early February, Sky News ran a poll on their website asking their audience to vote on the proposition:
“Should failed asylum seekers lose their benefits?”
Refugee Council alerted its campaigner supporters and the outcome was that the answer was a resounding “NO” by a majority of nearly 2-1. An astounding 130,300 votes were cast in support of asylum seekers, and the Refugee Council thanks all our supporters who voted – and who asked their friends to join them.
The question itself implies that asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected all receive benefits where in fact, most do not.
Details of support are shown in a briefing from the Refugee Council Hard Case Briefing from June 2004.
See the full Sky News poll results