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Clear Majority Want to Keep the Australian Flag

This special telephone Morgan Poll was conducted in late April 2010 (April 28/29, 2010) over two nights with an Australia-wide cross section of 652 Australians aged 14+.

A special telephone Morgan Poll over two nights in late April 2010 finds:

Support for retaining the Australian Flag is strong with 69% of Australians (up 16% since February 1998) supporting the retention of the Union Jack as part of the Australian Flag. This is the highest since June 1982 (69%). Only 24% (down 17%) of Australians want the Union Jack taken out of the Australian Flag while 7% (up 1%) can’t say according to a special telephone Morgan Poll conducted in late April 2010.

When asked "Do you think Australia should have a new design for our National Flag?" respondents were keen to retain the current Australian Flag with 66% (up 22%) of Australians in support of retaining the current flag design compared to 29% (down 23%) saying they wanted a new Australian Flag and only 5% (up 1%) that couldn’t say.

 

Gary Morgan says:

“The latest Morgan Poll on the Australian Flag shows a clear majority of Australians (66%, up 22% since February 1998) want to retain the current Australian Flag and an even stronger majority (69%, up 16%) want to retain the Union Jack as part of the Australian Flag.

“Despite recent unwarranted calls for a new Australian Flag, the Morgan Poll shows that the clear preference of Australians is to stick with the current design that was first flown on September 3, 1901 in Melbourne over the Australian Parliament and has so well represented our nation for over 100 years since.”

 

This special telephone Morgan Poll was conducted in late April 2010 (April 28/29, 2010) over two nights with an Australia-wide cross section of 652 Australians aged 14+.

 

 

1. Should The Union Jack Remain In the Australian Flag?

People surveyed were firstly asked: "Next about the AUSTRALIAN FLAG. Do you think the Union Jack should continue to be in our flag, or not?"

 

Australians 14+

Should the Union Jack

Remain in the Australian Flag?

July

1967

Oct

1972

Sep

1979

June

1982

April

1984

March

1992

June

1992

June

1996

Feb

1998

April

2010

Yes, retain the Union Jack

72

60

67

69

66

57

62

63

53

69

No, take it out

17

26

22

26

28

37

32

30

41

24

Can’t say

11

14

11

5

6

6

6

7

6

7

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

 

 

Analysis by Sex & Age

Should the Union Jack

Remain in the Australian Flag?

Total

Men

Women

14-17

18-24

25-34

35-49

50+

Yes, retain the Union Jack

69

65

73

80

72

65

65

71

No, take it out

24

28

20

13

22

26

25

24

Can’t say

7

7

7

7

6

9

10

5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

2. Should Australia Have A New Design For National Flag?

People surveyed were then asked: "Do you think Australia should have a new design for our National Flag?"

 

Australians 14+

Should Australia have a

Sep

1979

June

1982

April

1984

March

1992

June

1992

June

1996

Feb

1998

April

2010

New flag design

27

32

39

42

39

36

52

29

Retain present flag design

63

63

55

52

57

56

44

66

Can’t say

10

5

6

6

4

8

4

5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

 

 

Analysis by Sex & Age

Should Australia have a

Total

Men

Women

14-17

18-24

25-34

35-49

50+

New flag design

29

33

24

23

28

32

30

27

Retain present flag design

66

63

69

74

66

63

64

67

Can’t say

5

4

7

3

6

5

6

6

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

For further information:

Gary Morgan:      Office +61 3 9224 5213   Mobile +61 411 129 094

Michele Levine: Office +61 3 9224 5215   Mobile +61 411 129 093

 

 

The Morgan Poll is conducted by the ONLY Australian and New Zealand member of the Gallup International Association.

No other public opinion poll taken in Australia has this qualification.