New data has revealed what Australians really think about changing the date of Australia Day, with less than a third believing the date should be changed.
The latest Ipsos poll for Nine News found that 28 percent of those surveyed around the country supported changing the date.
48 percent didn’t want to see the date changed, and 24 percent didn’t mind.
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Only 1,222 people were part of the survey.
The poll also shows a pretty strong generational divide over whether the date should be changed or not.
47 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 voted to change the date, while only 19 percent of those aged 55 of over voted so.
It comes as various demonstrations are planned in major cities tomorrow, protesting the date which signifies the arrival of a British Fleet at Sydney Cove back in 1788.
However, for the indigenous population the date marks the beginning of violence, exploitation and racism, the devastating effects of which are still being felt to this day.
In Sydney, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has urged people to stick to the COVID rules, and not gather in groups of more than 500.
“I understand why they want to come out, but I must say to them, we have a rule here in New South Wales, a law here in New South Wales that says no more than 500 people gathered outside, and I would strongly implore them to stick to that rule.
“They can have multiple different demonstrations, provided it is done legally and properly, but stick to the 500,” Minister Hazzard told the ABC.
It comes just days after the Prime Minister was questioned on the date change debate, where he added fuel to the fire with his comments that have since been slammed.
“When those 12 ships turned up in Sydney, all those years ago, it wasn’t a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels either,” Scott Morrison said.
“What that day, to this, demonstrates is how far we’ve come as a country and I think that’s why it’s important to mark it in that way.”