National Day

Jan 29, 2020

Q. It has been suggested that Australia should have a separate national day to recognise Indigenous Australians. Do you…?  

Jan ‘20 Jan’19 Oct ‘18
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 37% 36%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 15% 14%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 52% 50%
Do not support a separate day 40% 40% 37%
Don’t know 11% 8% 12%
Base (n) 1,080 1,652

 

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 38% 28% 32% 32%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 20% 12% 42% 9%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 58% 40% 73% 42%
Do not support a separate day 40% 29% 54% 15% 53%
Don’t know 11% 13% 6% 12% 5%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • Support for a separate day to recognise Indigenous Australians (either in place, or alongside Australia Day) has decreased 2%pts from last year, from 52% to 50%.
  • 32% support including a separate national day with a further 18% supporting a replacement of Australia Day.
  • Support for a separate day was highest among Greens (73%) and Labor (58%) voters.
Total Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 41% 32% 25%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 24% 18% 11%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 65% 50% 36%
Do not support a separate day 40% 21% 37% 57%
Don’t know 11% 14% 13% 6%
Base (n) 1,080 330 374 376
  • Support for a separate day was highest among those aged 18-34, with 65% support. Support was at 50% support among 35-54 year olds and 36% among those aged over 55.

Australian Constitution

Aug 26, 2014

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

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Vote for

58%

69%

50%

74%

50%

Vote against

10%

6%

16%

2%

15%

Not sure

32%

24%

35%

24%

35%


58% would vote in a referendum to include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution and only 10% would vote against. 32% were not sure how they would vote.

74% of Greens voters and 69% of Labor voters would vote for the change compared to 50% of Liberal/National voters.

Better or Worse for Aboriginal People – Tent Embassy

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Since the aboriginal tent embassy was established near Parliament House 40 years ago, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal people in Australia or have things stayed much the same?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 53% 59% 53% 60%
Total worse/same 31% 28% 33% 30%
A lot better 25% 29% 28% 9%
A little better 28% 30% 25% 51%
A little worse 5% 4% 5% 12%
A lot worse 3% 3% 4% 2%
Stayed much the same 23% 21% 24% 16%
Don’t know 17% 13% 15% 9%

25% think that since the Aboriginal tent embassy was established near Parliament House 40 years ago, things got a lot better for Aboriginal people in Australia, 28% think things have got a little better and 31% worse or stayed the same

Greens voters are more likely to think things have only got a little better (51%). Older respondents were more likely to think things were the same or had got worse (40% of aged 55+).

Better or Worse for Aboriginal People – last 40 years

Feb 6, 2012

Q. And thinking about the last 40 years, do you think Australia’s Aboriginal people are now better off or worse off in terms of the following?

Total better Total worse

/same

A lot better A little better About the same A little worse A lot worse Don’t know
Health 69% 26% 29% 40% 19% 4% 3% 5%
Access to education 77% 19% 42% 35% 14% 3% 2% 5%
Access to jobs 69% 26% 31% 38% 20% 3% 3% 6%
Respect for Aboriginal culture 66% 29% 30% 36% 20% 5% 4% 6%
Control of traditional lands (land rights) 63% 29% 31% 32% 21% 5% 3% 8%
Discrimination against Aboriginal people 56% 37% 23% 33% 28% 5% 4% 6%

A majority believe that Australia’s Aboriginal people are now better off or worse off on all issues measured.

Access to education was most likely to be considered better – 42% think it is a lot better and 35% a little better.

Discrimination against Aboriginal people was the issue least likely to have improved for Aboriginal people – 56% think it is better and 37% worse or the same. Comments »

Problems for Aboriginal People

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Are each of the following issues a larger problem or a smaller problem for Aboriginal people than they are for other Australians?

Total bigger problem for Aboriginal people A much bigger problem A little bigger problem A similar problem A little smaller problem A much smaller problem Don’t know
Alcohol abuse 74% 51% 23% 17% 2% 2% 6%
Health issues 65% 37% 28% 21% 6% 4% 5%
Unemployment 63% 37% 26% 22% 6% 4% 6%
Loss of culture and tradition. 56% 29% 27% 26% 5% 6% 8%
Discrimination 55% 25% 30% 28% 5% 6% 6%
Family breakdown 50% 25% 25% 33% 4% 3% 10%
Access to education 44% 17% 27% 31% 10% 8% 6%
Threats to their environment 41% 18% 23% 37% 7% 6% 9%
Access to accommodation 40% 15% 25% 30% 12% 9% 10%
Access to services/ resources in rural communities 37% 17% 20% 30% 13% 11% 9%
Legal rights 30% 11% 19% 34% 13% 15% 8%

A majority of respondents think Aboriginal people have larger problems than other Australians in terms of alcohol abuse (74%), health issues (65%), unemployment (63%), loss of culture and tradition (56%), discrimination (55%) and family breakdown (50%).

A majority believe they have similar or smaller problems in terms of legal rights (62%), access to services/resources in rural communities (54%), access to accommodation (51%) and threats to their environment (50%). Comments »

Party Best at Handling Aboriginal Issues

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Which party do you think is best to handle issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The Labor Party 22% 54% 4% 32%
The Liberal Party 18% 2% 41% 1%
No difference 41% 30% 40% 52%
Don’t know 19% 14% 16% 15%

41% think there is no difference between the Liberal and Labor Parties in terms of handling issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people. 22% think the Labor Party is best and 18% favour the Liberal Party.

Liberal voters (41%) were less likely than Labor voters (54%) to think their own party would be best to handle Aboriginal issues. Comments »

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