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Nearly two-thirds say January 26 should be called Australia Day, according to poll

Nearly two-thirds of Australians say that January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ rather than ‘Invasion Day’, according to a new poll.

The results of the Roy Morgan poll into attitudes toward what the date should be called have “virtually unchanged” from a year ago after only dropping by one per cent.

The SMS poll of 1231 Australians over 18 asked whether January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ or ‘Invasion Day’.

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Camera IconThe result shows clear splits in opinion between different age groups and political affiliations. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

It did not ask whether Australia Day should be celebrated on a different day of the year.

The results were split along age and gender lines, with younger Australians and women more likely to be in favour of calling it ‘Invasion Day’

56 per cent of those under 25 are in favour of January 26 being known as ‘Invasion Day’, dropping to 53 per cent for those aged 25-34.

Meanwhile 73 per cent of those 50-64 and 81 per cent of those aged over 65 agree it should be called ‘Australia Day’.

Men strongly favoured the ‘Australia Day’ term at 69 per cent, while women were less likely to with 58 per cent supporting it.

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Camera IconThe question had “added importance” with the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum according to Roy Morgan chief executive Michele Levine. NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia

The division was also split along political lines, with 75 per cent of Coalition voters preferring ‘Australia Day’ compared to 63 per cent of Labor Voters and only 37 per cent of Greens voters.

Roy Morgan chief executive Michele Levine said there was added weight on the poll this year.

“The issue has taken on added importance this year with the Albanese government’s stated commitment to a referendum on The Voice to Parliament set to be held later this year,” she said.

“The outcome of the Voice to Parliament referendum is likely to play a key role in discussions surrounding Australia Day and whether it remains on January 26 in the years ahead.”

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