The Resolve Political Monitor polled 1,606 eligible voters from Tuesday to Sunday, a period in which the media continued to tell stories about the royal family, the Indigenous vote debate and whether Australia Day should be a public holiday and on January 26 should be held. The results have a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has prioritized a referendum on the Indigenous vote in parliament later this year and has not pledged on a republican referendum, but the Australian Monarchist League has criticized him for appointing an assistant minister for the republic , Matt Thistlethwaite .
The Resolve Political Monitor found a national majority for a republic in a poll a year ago when it asked a question similar to a referendum in which respondents could only say “yes” or “no” to a republic. In that survey, 54 percent said yes. However, with a similar question after the Queen’s death, this fell to 46 percent nationwide.
The latest survey included the “undecided” option for voters, but showed an increase in core support for the republic compared to the January and September surveys.
The Australian Republic Movement, which elected former Socceroo Craig Foster chairman in November, avoided any campaigning after the Queen’s death, but said this week it had always expected support for its cause to recover.
“Last year’s polls didn’t interest us in the slightest. We knew that once the reality of King Charles set in, support would swing back toward a republic with a vengeance,” said Sandy Biar, ARM national director.
“The royals are too busy fighting amongst themselves to represent Australia or stand up for our interests.”
Amid a wider debate about national identity on Australia Day, the latest survey found that 75 per cent of voters supported the argument for a national day, but were flexible on whether it should be a public holiday or the mandatory day for citizenship ceremonies.
The survey asked Australians to put aside any feelings about January 26 and think about the broader question of whether Australia should have a national holiday, with 75 per cent agreeing with the idea.
Only 7 percent disagreed with the idea of Australia Day, while another 18 percent were unsure.
Support for Australia Day was stronger among men, with 79 percent of male voters supporting the idea compared to 72 percent of female voters.
Older voters also showed more support for National Day, with 78 percent in favor among voters aged 55 and over, compared to 74 percent support among voters aged 35 to 54 and the same result among those aged 18 to 34.
The question was, “Aside from any feelings you might have about Australia Day or January 26, do you agree or disagree with the idea of Australia having a national day like this?”
Support was 80 percent among coalition voters and 76 percent among Labor voters.
With the debate growing over whether or not Australians should work on National Day, the Resolve Political Monitor found that 87 per cent of respondents said they do not plan to work on Australia Day.