Poll Shows Strong Rise in Support for Constitutional Change to Create Indigenous Voice to Parliament

JULY 15 — A majority of Australians now say they would support a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament as proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, according to research for the From the Heart project conducted by C|T Group.

This research shows the call of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart to create a “movement of the Australian people for a better future” is being heard loud and clear across the country. 

The poll, conducted in June 2020, found 56 percent of Australian voters said they would vote “Yes” if a referendum were held on a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.

This is an increase of 7 points since March 2020. Just 17 percent said they would vote no, down 3 percent since March 2020.

Earlier research carried out by the C|T Group in March 2020 indicated support was even higher amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, where 71% said they would vote “Yes” if a referendum was held today. Just 10% said they would vote No.

This strong level of support indicates that the public sentiment is shifting behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the need to address the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through constitutional change.

From the Heart is an campaign established to drive awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It is administered by the Cape York Institute.

The polling was conducted by C|T Group (formerly Crosby Textor) among a nationally-representative sample of 2000 people in June 2020.

Quotes attributable to Dean Parkin

“More and more Australians are joining the movement for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament”

“People can see it is fair and practical that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a say over matters that affect them.”

“They understand it’s not politicians and bureaucrats in Canberra that know what works best in the Kimberley or Cape York but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from those regions do.”

“Those suggesting alternatives to a Voice to Parliament are at odds with the Australian people who increasingly support the call for a Voice to Parliament from the Uluru Statement from the Heart”.