IPA commissioned poll shows Australians are proud to be Australian
You wouldn’t know it from listening to our Australians of the Year, but regular Australians understand that this is a great country.
The key findings of a new poll reveal:
- 91% of Australians are “proud to be Australian”
- 85% believe that “Australia Day is a day for celebration”
- 78% agree that “Australia has a history to be proud of”
- 92% believe Australia is a better country than most other countries, and
- 81% believe the “world would be a better place if other countries were more like Australia”.
And this is what the IPA had to say about the findings this week:
- The Herald Sun on Monday covered comments from the IPA’s James Paterson;
- James also spoke on Monday with Neil Mitchell on 3AW;
- IPA board member Janet Albrechtsen wrote in The Australian today that “it’s still cool to be Australian” ($)
- And the IPA’s Chris Berg wrote in The Drum about the data which shows there is much to celebrate on Australia Day.
Rita Panahi, who also referred to this poll, had an excellent article in the Herald Sun yesterday noting that there “exists a wide gulf between mainstream opinion and those espoused by virtue signalling members of the commentariat.”
To the rank of members of the commentariat we can include recent recipients of the Australian of the Year award. IPA executive director John Roskam had this to say about the latest recipient, David Morrison, used his acceptance speech to call for the abolition of Australia’s constitutional monarchy:
I think his position on the republic is entirely inappropriate. What it shows is how out of touch he and the elites are with popular opinion.
Using Australia Day to push a purely political message is getting old, and as this poll suggests, is not appreciated by everyday Australians that just want to celebrate the day.