Support towards the national anthem change

Jan 19, 2021

Q. On January 1st 2021, the second line of Australia’s national anthem changed from, “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free”.

To what extent do you support or oppose this change?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 25% 27% 24% 22% 31% 21% 27% 28% 30% 20%
Somewhat support 29% 28% 29% 33% 23% 30% 31% 29% 36% 21%
Neither support nor oppose 30% 28% 32% 32% 29% 30% 29% 26% 30% 28%
Somewhat oppose 7% 6% 7% 6% 6% 7% 6% 7% 3% 11%
Strongly oppose 10% 11% 8% 6% 10% 12% 8% 10% 2% 20%
TOTAL: Support 54% 55% 52% 56% 54% 51% 57% 57% 65% 41%
TOTAL: Oppose 16% 17% 15% 12% 17% 19% 14% 17% 5% 31%
Base (n) 1,084 539 545 341 358 385 334 431 118 106
  • Over half (54%) of Australians support the change in the national anthem’s second line from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free” which was implemented at the start of the year. A quarter (25%) strongly support this change.
  • Support towards the national anthem change is strongest among Greens voters (65%), followed by Coalition voters (57%), Labor voters (57%) and other voters (41%).
  • Those voting for independent and minor parties are the most opposed to the change (31%).

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