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Electors may be stubbornly oblivious to politicians parading the plazas and factories of Voterland, but warnings of unschooled refugees stealing our jobs threatened to ignite citizen passions in the second week of the federal election campaign.

Analysis by media monitor Isentia this week showed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s curious logic that illiterate refugees were seeking both to join the dole queue and usurp Australian workers was a red rag to social media’s bulls.

Asylum seekers rose to become the most-discussed issue on Twitter and open Facebook accounts in the week to Friday, and social media’s traditionally younger, progressive users did not hold back in expressing displeasure with Mr Dutton’s boss, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Data drawn from a sample of social media comments gave Mr Turnbull a “favourability” score of just 33 out of 100 on the asylum seeker issue, compared with Labor leader Bill Shorten’s better – but still unfavourable – score of 44.

Comments are rated on a scale of one to 100, with 50 being neutral.

Talkback radio callers, who generally hail from an older, more conservative base, rated both men’s leadership unfavourably at 43 and 40 respectively – suggesting many have not yet warmed to the Prime Minister following the leadership spill.

The talkback audience was substantially more negative towards Mr Shorten than Mr Turnbull on the asylum seeker issue. Mr Turnbull’s standing improved on negative gearing while Mr Shorten gained ground on health and superannuation.

But one-quarter of the way through the election campaign, voters still remain largely switched off. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.