A slight majority of voters believe immigration has made Australia a better place, an SBS-commissioned Essential Media poll has revealed.

The poll found 51 per cent of respondents thought immigration was "generally positive" for the country, 35 per cent believed it was "generally negative" and 14 per cent were unsure.

The top reason respondents gave for supporting immigration was "it creates economic growth".

The top reason people gave for opposing immigration was "new immigrants often fail to assimilate with the rest of the population".

Only 13 per cent of people said they opposed immigration due to overcrowding.

The poll was conducted online from 24 April to 29 April and is based on 1,010 respondents.

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