Queen Elizabeth

This week, the Australian National University published its Trends in Australian Political Opinion 1987-2016. The document compiles the results of the Australian Election Study surveys, which have been undertaken after every election to gauge political opinion.

Among the fascinating findings is the percentage of Australians who favour a republic. After the 2013 election, with a monarchist prime minister, support for a republic had ebbed to 53%, its lowest level in nearly three decades. In 2016, with the Australian Republican Movement's former leader as Prime Minister and an opposition that had made achieving an Australian republic a key part of its 2016 election platform, support for a republic was unchanged, at 53%.