Essential Report

Public statues

Sep 5, 2017

Q. Some people have recently suggested that statues of Australian historical figures should have their inscriptions changed if they don’t give a complete history. Would you approve or disapprove of changing inscriptions on public statues?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total approve 29%   39% 20% 43% 23%   30% 27% 39% 27% 19%
Total disapprove 42%   34% 54% 19% 59%   45% 39% 25% 40% 61%
Strongly approve 8%   10% 4% 17% 6%   8% 7% 12% 6% 5%
Approve 21%   29% 16% 26% 17%   22% 20% 27% 21% 14%
Disapprove 21%   19% 26% 13% 26%   22% 20% 17% 22% 24%
Strongly disapprove 21%   15% 28% 6% 33%   23% 19% 8% 18% 37%
Don’t know 30%   27% 24% 39% 17%   26% 34% 36% 33% 20%

 

29% approve of changing inscriptions on public statues where they don’t give a complete history and 42% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Labor voters (39%), Greens voters (43%) and aged 18-34 (39%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Liberal/National voters (54%), other party voters (59%) and aged 55+ (61%).

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