Essential Report

Support and priority of Indigenous Issues

Jul 6, 2021

Q. What is your view about the following issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and whether they should be a priority for the government to address?

TOTAL: Support Jul’21 Jun’19 Feb’18
Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 69% 74% 75%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 69% 70% 70%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 66% 66% 68%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 61% 59% 59%
Australia to become a republic 43% 43% 46%
Change the date of Australia Day 37% 30% 27%

 

TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Support Support, and should be a priority Support, but not a high priority Don’t support Not sure
Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 69% 34% 35% 15% 15%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 69% 31% 38% 17% 14%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 66% 29% 37% 19% 15%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 61% 27% 33% 22% 17%
Australia to become a republic 43% 17% 26% 34% 23%
Change the date of Australia Day 37% 17% 20% 50% 12%
  • There is majority support to meet the ‘Close the Gap’ targets (69%), inclusion of aboriginal recognition in the constitution (69%), and establishment of an Indigenous ‘voice’ to advise Parliament (66%). Support for these changes is consistent with 2019.
  • Support for Australia to become a republic is greater than opposition (43% to 34%) with 23% unsure on the issue.
  • Support for changing the date of Australia day is now at 37%, an increase from 30% in 2019.

Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Jul 6, 2021

Q. In your opinion, over the past 10 years, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, or have things stayed much the same?

  Jul’21 Jan’21 Jun’19
A lot better 18% 18% 18%
A little better 30% 30% 28%
Stayed much the same 33% 32% 36%
A little worse 6% 7% 5%
A lot worse 3% 3% 3%
Don’t know 11% 11% 10%
TOTAL: Better 48% 48% 46%
TOTAL: Worse 9% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,099 1,084 1,097
  • Nearly half (48%) believe things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last 10 years, unchanged since January this year (48%).
  • About a third (33%) state that in their opinion, conditions have stayed much the same for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the past 10 years, while 9% believe things have got worse. Both figures are consistent with perceptions from the start of the year.
  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
A lot better 18% 13% 27% 13% 22%
A little better 30% 28% 36% 28% 24%
Stayed much the same 33% 40% 24% 39% 34%
A little worse 6% 7% 4% 9% 7%
A lot worse 3% 3% 2% 3% 7%
Don’t know 11% 9% 8% 7% 7%
TOTAL: Better 48% 41% 62% 41% 46%
TOTAL: Worse 9% 10% 6% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,099 404 388 87 114
  •  Coalition voters are the most likely to think things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the last decade (62% compared to 41% Labor voters, 41% Greens voters and 46% minor/independent party voters).

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