Essential Report

Indigenous Recognition Referendum

Jun 27, 2019

Q. If a referendum was held to include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, would you vote for or against?

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Sep’16  Jul’15 Aug’14
Vote for 57% 68% 52% 75% 50% 58% 61% 58%
Vote against 18% 15% 23% 6% 26% 15% 16% 10%
Don’t know 25% 18% 26% 19% 25% 28% 23% 32%
Base (n) 1,097 352 392 97 163 1,005 1,006 1,008
  • Over half (57%) of voters said they would vote for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. This is three times as many that said they would vote against.
  • A quarter said they did not know how they would vote in such a referendum.
  • Support and opposition to this issue has remained relatively constant since 2014.

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