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I-view Press Release 28th April 2014

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 ROYAL VISIT MAKES A REPUBLIC LESS LIKELY?: I-view OMNIBUS

April 28th, 2014

More than 3 in 10 Australians believe that the recent Royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge makes an Australian republic less likely in the near future, according to a recent I-view Omnibus.

In response to the question: ‘Do you think that the recent Royal visit makes it more, or less likely that Australia will become a republic in the near future, say in the next 5 to 10 years?’ 34% of respondents agreed that the Royal visit would make a republic less likely, 51% said it would make no difference, only 4% agreed it would make a republic more likely, and the remaining 11% of respondents said they were unsure.

I-view Managing Director, Aaron Morris, said: “A large majority, more than 8 in 10 Australians, believe that the recent Royal visit either makes it less likely that we will have an Australian republic in the next few years, or that the Royal visit has made no difference at all, with only a very small number, around 4%, believing that the Royal visit makes it more likely that we will become a republic.”

“These results confirm that the sentiment for Australia to move to a republic has waned in recent times, and that the Royals appear to still hold an interest for many Australians.”

The results from our ‘voting intention’ question also show a drop in support for the Federal Coalition, with the Two Party Preferred results now indicating the ALP leads the Coalition by 51.5% to 48.5%, after our most recent omnibus results from 2 weeks ago showed the two major parties were neck and neck at 50% each on a two party preferred basis.

“Most of the shift seems to be towards The Palmer United Party, who have risen from 7% to 9% of the primary vote, now on a par with The Greens who are also on 9%, and at the expense of the Coalition who have dropped back to only 35% primary support, while the ALP remained steady with 34% of the primary vote. This voting intention shift may reflect some of the collateral fallout from the resignation of NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, just prior to Easter, as voters start to reflect on the implications of this political bombshell.” said Aaron Morris.

Australians were also asked a question about the Royal Commission into Child Abuse. To the question ‘Thinking about the recent evidence that has been presented during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, do you believe that organisations like the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army have done enough in responding to, and managing the allegations of abuse of children by their pastoral staff?’ 63% of respondents say that organisations like the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army have not done enough, with only 10% saying they have done enough, and the remaining 27% of respondents saying they were unsure.

A total of 1,109 people were surveyed in the I-view Omnibus, weighted to total Australian general population by age, gender and location.