|They've lost the youth vote - if they ever had it|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012|
A friend phoned the other day to tell me about a guest lecture he had just delivered at one of our leading universities.
“Today, only a tiny minority showed any interest at all. They weren’t all fervent monarchists."
This intensified over the years, but was dismissed by the republicans and most in the media. Assumptions were given more weight than scientific fact as evidence din opinion polls.
In 2011, in preparation for the Royal Tour, we asked Morgan to survey the trends in polling since the referendum. They took a new poll and found that in the general population support for a politicians’ republic had fallen to a low 34%. This made news around the world.
There was every indication from trend lines that support would most likely fall further. The poll also confirmed that support for a politicians’ republic was lower than general support. Support among the young was three points lower at 31%.
If you look at the section on polling on the ACM site you will see that this trend has been consistent over the years.
It makes a mockery of former Senator Susan Ryan's observation that she the Republicans only had to wait until my generation passed on –“dropped off the perch” were the words I recall.
It also makes a mockery of the Attorney General Nicola Roxon’s barb made years ago that "no new monarchists are being born."
They are,Madame Attorney, they are.
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