Essential Report

Indigenous Recognition Referendum

Jul 6, 2021

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?

  Jul’21 Jun’19 Sep’16  Jul’15 Aug’14
Vote for 57% 57% 58% 61% 58%
Vote against 16% 18% 15% 16% 10%
Don’t know 27% 25% 28% 23% 32%
Base (n) 1,099 1,097 1,005 1,006 1,008

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Vote for 57% 59% 55% 60% 58% 52% 64% 52% 79% 47%
Vote against 16% 19% 13% 13% 16% 19% 12% 21% 9% 22%
Don’t know 27% 22% 32% 27% 27% 28% 24% 27% 12% 31%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  •  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 (16%). Support and opposition towards this issue has remained relatively constant since 2014.
  • A quarter said they did not know how they would vote in such a referendum (27%).
  • There is majority support for a referendum among both men and women, all age groups and those intending to vote for a major political party.

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