Q. What is your view about the following issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and whether they should be a priority for the Government to address?
|Support, and should be a priority||Support, but not a high priority||Don’t support||Not sure||NET: Support||NET: Support
|Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets||36%||38%||15%||12%||74%||75%|
|Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution||33%||37%||18%||12%||70%||70%|
|Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament||29%||37%||21%||13%||66%||68%|
|Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia||26%||33%||25%||16%||59%||59%|
|Australia to become a republic||17%||26%||38%||19%||43%||46%|
|Change the date of Australia Day||12%||18%||58%||12%||30%||27%|
|Change the words of the National Anthem||11%||22%||53%||14%||33%||N/A|
- Voters supported meeting the ‘Close the Gap’ targets (74%), inclusion of aboriginal recognition in the constitution (70%), and establishment of an Indigenous ‘voice’ to advise Parliament (66%), with around three in ten voters saying each should be a high priority for the Government to address.
- Coalition voters were less likely than other voters to say they supported all of these issues and they should be a priority, whereas Greens voters were more likely to say so.
- Changing the date of Australia Day and the words of the National Anthem were opposed by a majority of voters.
- Net support for all of the issues varied little from when the same question was asked in February 2018.
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