Support for the monarchy among Labor voters has increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past 10 years, as the Queen’s death sparked a renewed debate about becoming a republic.
An opinion poll conducted by Ray Morgan in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death showed that public support for the monarchy rose 5 per cent from November 2012 to 60 per cent.
The biggest drivers of increased support are ALP voters.
In 2012, only 40 percent of Labor voters supported retaining a constitutional monarch. The poll revealed last week that 58 percent do not feel any desire to change the current system.
More than two-thirds of coalition voters believe Australia should remain part of the monarchy – although that is down 3 percentage points to 68 per cent from 2012.
Green party supporters overwhelmingly want Australia to become a republic, with only 34 per cent saying they want to remain a monarchy.
Independent and other party voters are also moving more strongly in favor of the monarchy, with nearly three-quarters (72 percent) expressing a desire for King Charles to remain at the head of state.
Overall, a Ray Morgan poll showed that 40 per cent of Australians would prefer to become a republic – 5 per cent down from November 2012.
Meanwhile, a new survey by Guardian Australia indicates that the public is split 50-50 on the issue.
Michelle Levine, chief executive of Ray Morgan, said the royal family had seen a resurgence in popularity in Australia.
“It appears that the increasing importance of younger members of the royal family, such as the new heir to the throne, Prince William and his wife Catherine, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has brought new fans of the royal family among a younger audience,” she said.
“Although there is a lot of drama surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which has at times proven frustrating for supporters of the royal family, it has not diminished the popularity of the monarchy in Australia as evidenced by these findings.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who has made it clear in the past that he is a Republican, said now was “not the time” for a new debate about the country’s constitutional future.
He has said out of “deep respect and admiration” for the Queen, that he will not “pursue questions about our Constitution” unless he is re-elected.
He has made it clear that his first priority is constitutional reform to bring about an Indigenous voice in Parliament.
“Now is not the time to talk about our system of government,” he said in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral.
“Obviously, this is a time of national mourning.”
On Tuesday morning, Assistant Secretary of State to Prime Minister Patrick Gorman said that as a democracy, people can express their opinions but disagree with the notion that the country is divided.
“I think at this point in time, with the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, people have been incredibly respectful about where people might choose to express their opinions or realize that some of these discussions are more appropriate for another day,” he told ABC Radio.
“I don’t think it’s division. I think it’s acceptable in a strong democracy like Australia for people to have different views.”
Mr. Gorman echoed Mr. Albanese’s feeling that now was “not the time” for discussion.
Originally published as the Aussies who changed the tone of the monarchy after the Queen’s death