Q. Do you support or oppose the following –
|Total support||Total oppose||Strongly support||Support||Neither support nor oppose||Oppose||Strongly oppose||Don’t know|
|Australia becoming a republic||41%||32%||22%||19%||23%||12%||20%||4%|
|Changing the Australian flag||23%||54%||12%||11%||20%||15%||39%||2%|
|Changing the National Anthem||22%||52%||11%||11%||24%||21%||31%||3%|
People were generally split as to whether they support or oppose an Australian republic (41% support/32% oppose). Just over half oppose both a change to the Australian flag (54%) and changing the national anthem (52%). There was a substantial proportion that neither support nor oppose changes to each of the measures presented.
People aged 55 years and over were more likely than those in other age groups to strongly oppose/oppose Australia becoming a republic (38%), changing the Australian flag (58%), and changing the national anthem (53%).
Labor and Green voters were more likely than Coalition voters to strongly support/support the changes:
- Australia becoming a republic – 59% Labor, 57% Green v 27% Coalition
- Changing the Australian flag – 31% Labor, 38% Green v 18% Coalition
- Changing the National Anthem – 26% Labor, 33% Green v 18% Coalition Comments »
Q. How important are the following issues for Australia?
|Total important||Very important||Somewhat important||Not very important||Not at all important||Don’t know|
|Reaching a global agreement on climate change||74%||44%||30%||9%||13%||4%|
|Having a Bill of Rights||63%||29%||34%||18%||11%||8%|
|Gaining a seat on the UN Security Council||59%||20%||39%||20%||13%||8%|
|Having a treaty with indigenous Australians||56%||23%||33%||20%||19%||5%|
|Having a referendum on becoming a republic||41%||17%||24%||25%||29%||5%|
Reaching a global agreement on climate change was considered very/somewhat important for Australia by 74% of people surveyed. 63% think that having a Bill of Rights is very/somewhat important and 59% think Australia gaining a seat on the UN Security Council is very/somewhat important.
Green (94%) and Labor (87%) voters were more likely to think that reaching a global agreement on climate change is very/somewhat important for Australia. Just over half (55%) of Coalition voters think that this is very/somewhat important for Australia.
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