Support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continues with 77% of non-indigenous and 87% of Indigenous Australians saying they would vote yes in a referendum if held today.
The findings were released at a Reconciliation South Australia breakfast to celebrate the start of National Reconciliation Week and the 49th anniversary of the historic 1967 Referendum.
RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director Tanya Hosch told the audience of 1300 people, which included 1967 campaigners Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue and Shirley Peisley, that there is consistent and encouraging support for constitutional change.
The new research by independent company Polity, and conducted using large samples and random selection, is the eighth consecutive poll since 2012 that shows a consistent trend of high level support for recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s constitution.
The survey also found high levels of agreement that the push for recognition is being driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and leaders
Of non-Indigenous people surveyed – 53% agreed and only 6% disagreed
Of Indigenous people surveyed – 65% Indigenous agreed and only 10% disagreed.
“This consistent data shows that the Australian community supports the strong need to fix our constitution to tell our country’s whole story and end racial discrimination in our founding document,” Ms Hosch said.
Ms Hosch said the findings were consistent with what thousands of Australians around the country are saying during conversations in the three year long Journey to Recognition, the national relay to raise awareness about constitutional change….
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