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Friday, November 06, 2009

Poll : 59 Percent Of Australians Want a Republic

Great news for British, Canadian and Australian Republicans from this press release from Republic:


Republic has welcomed a new poll by the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) which found that 59% of Australians want to see their country become a republic. The poll was conducted to mark the tenth anniversary of the republican referendum in Australia.

The Australian poll comes just days after a survey conducted by the Canadian Friends of the Royal Family found that 52% of Canadians no longer believe there should be a king or queen as head of state.

Republic spokesperson James Gray said:

"We are delighted at the result of this poll which demonstrates that republicanism is once again a live issue in Australia."

"The people of Australia are sending a very clear message to the monarchy:

'We want to choose our own head of state.'

They will not let royal visits distract them from the fundamental issues."

"The renewed republican movement in Australia is a great boost to the campaign against the monarchy here."

"As the republic debate grows across the Commonwealth, the future of the monarchy in Britain will also be called into question. The British people will begin asking: if they can ditch the monarchy, why can't we?"

"We'll be working closely with our republican colleagues in Australia, Canada and New Zealand over the coming months and look forward to sharing resources and ideas to bring about our common goal."


1. The ARM press release on the poll is available to view online at

2. Republic is a member of Common Cause, an alliance of Commonwealth
republican movements, alongside the ARM, Citizens for a Canadian Republic
and the Republican Movement of Aotearoa New Zealand. For more about Common
Cause see


Republic is a membership-based pressure group calling for the democratic replacement of the monarchy by an elected head of state.
Republic lobbies politicians and opinion-formers, undertakes original research on the monarchy, comments on Royal stories in the media and provides information on republicanism.
Republic is a non-party-political organisation with members from all the main parliamentary parties. Its distinguished supporters include 20 MPs, as well as leading figures from politics, law and the arts. A full list of Republic’s supporters can be found at


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Mail: Republic, PO Box 69, Brighton BN50 9GS

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At 10:57 am, Blogger radical royalist said...

The ARM has been splashing the UMR poll around a lot. But the "gold standard" of Australian political polling is Newspoll. Stick with that and you will know what is what. So what do we find on Newspoll's polling on republicanism?

We find that (a) they haven't polled since 2007 (no life left in the issue), and (b) the No vote is the highest recorded since 1994. Not by much, admittedly - and certainly within the margin of error. But if Newspoll is no longer showing a majority support for "the republic" in the abstract, you know the ARM is in serious, serious trouble.

At 6:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha, desperate stuff....
So you prefer a poll(by whatever organisation) from 2007?
And we haven't even got round to the ramifications of King Charles and Princess Camilla yet!

At 3:43 pm, Anonymous scatterbrain said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Australian referendum in 1996(?) on a republic was purposely designed to be confusing.


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