Essential Report

Feelings about Australia Day

Jan 27, 2016

Q. Which of the following best describes how you feel about Australia Day?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

A day of national pride

56%

60%

66%

29%

51%

47%

57%

65%

A day of reflection on the impact on indigenous people

14%

12%

11%

37%

13%

19%

12%

10%

It’s irrelevant in the 21st century

8%

9%

6%

12%

8%

10%

8%

8%

None of these

16%

13%

13%

16%

24%

15%

16%

15%

Don’t know

6%

6%

4%

6%

3%

9%

7%

3%

56% regard Australia Day as a day of national pride and 14% think it is a day of reflection on the impact on indigenous people. Only 8% think it is irrelevant.

Those most likely to regard it as a day of national pride were Liberal/National voters (66%) and aged 55+ (65%). 37% of Greens voters think it is a day of reflection on the impact on indigenous people.

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