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.

Australia Day

Jan 29, 2013

Q. Saturday 26th January is Australia Day with the public holiday on the Monday. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

18 Jan 10

Total

29 Jan 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

40%

41%

43%

44%

27%

45%

38%

39%

Just a public holiday

40%

43%

41%

41%

61%

38%

46%

44%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

6%

7%

7%

8%

2%

8%

8%

6%

Don’t know

14%

9%

9%

7%

10%

8%

8%

12%

41% of people surveyed said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 43% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 7% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. These are similar results to the last time this question was asked three years ago.

Females were more likely to indicate they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%) while males were more likely to think it is just a public holiday (45%).

18-34 year olds were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%).

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