Nothing seems to raise the profile of the monarchy like babies and weddings, or at least that is how it once was.
A market research company, Research Now, polled 1,000 Australians on if they wanted to become a republic. Despite the excitement surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, 52% wanted to become a republic, 22% wanted the monarchy, and 25% were undecided.
Those in the age range of 18-34 were least supportive of the monarchy.
For those between 18-24-years, one-third said that the Royal Wedding and Royal Baby were factors in their support for an Australian republic. 62% said those events did not change the way they thought.
The highest support for the monarchy comes from those over 65, with 36% in favour of keeping things the way they are now.
In 1999, a referendum was held where 54.87% of Australians wanted to keep Queen Elizabeth.
Benjamin Jones, who is a research fellow at the Australian National University commented on the matter saying that Australians can separate the excitement of a wedding from what they feel is best for their country.
He said: “It’s an insult to the intelligence of young Australians to say that because they enjoy watching royal weddings, they want a royal to be the Australian head of state.