Essential Report

Selection of head of state

May 22, 2018

Q. If we had an Australian Head of State how should that person be selected?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Appointed by the Prime Minister 9%   9% 13% 6% 4%
Elected by the Australian people 65%   70% 62% 69% 75%
Appointed by a two-thirds majority of a joint sitting of the Federal Parliament 12%   12% 13% 16% 9%
Don’t know 14%   9% 12% 9% 12%

If Australia had an Australian head of state, 65% would prefer they be elected by the Australian people. 12% think they should be appointed by Parliament and 9% appointed by the Prime Minister.

Support for election of a head of state is consistent across voter and demographic groups.


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