Australians want to keep Australia Day exactly where it is – on January 26 – with 78% proud to celebrate Australia Day on that date, according to the latest Advance Australia poll.

The poll put a series of questions to 1659 voters from across the country in the wake of the recent debate that has erupted over Australia Day and the date it is celebrated. Overwhelmingly, the poll found that Australia should keep the date as it is, with 71% of the nation in agreement.

The Advance Australia poll also found that:

  • 67% of Australians could identify 26 January as being the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove.
  • Out of the 78% of Australians proud to celebrate Australia Day on January 26, 98% of Coalition voters were proud, and 73% of Labor voters proud. 81% of Greens voters were not proud.
  • 66% of Australians see January 26 as a day to celebrate our coming together as a nation.
  • 77% of Australians believe Australia is becoming too politically correct.

National Director for Advance Australia, Gerard Benedet, said that the results are only further evidence that Australians are committed to coming together to celebrate a country they are proud of on January 26. “The results are in – January 26 is not a day for division and protest, but rather a day for all Australians to celebrate – nevertheless we must remain vigilant,” said Mr. Benedet.

“The poll proves mainstream Australians are overwhelmingly united in wanting to celebrate our country together – because at the end of the day, we are Aussies, and mateship comes first. Encouragingly, more and more Australians are also now understanding the historical significance of the date, with 67% of participants recognising it as the day the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove.

“However, it’s not all good news. Unfortunately, Australians have stated – loudly – that they believe politicians are more concerned with political point scoring rather than real matters of importance, with 84% in agreement.”

“Most Australians believe that moves to change Australia Day are solely for political point scoring purposes, and not for the benefit of our nation – it’s political correctness on steroids. So, while the results are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping Australia Day exactly where it is, the issue does not stop here.

“42% of Australians said that they would not vote for their local member of Parliament if they didn’t support Australia Day being on January 26. We should be proud of our country and who we have become, and the best way to do that is to tell your local member to keep Australia Day squarely where it is, on January 26,” said Mr. Benedet.

To show your support for Australia Day and sign the petition, go to www.advanceaustralia.org.au

Source: Advance Australia