29 Aug 2010

Opposition growing to Australia becoming a republic - poll

9:01 pm on 29 August 2010

A new poll reveals almost a third of Australians never want Australia to become a republic.

Nielsen surveyed 1400 people in the lead-up to the federal election for the poll, published in the Sun-Herald on Sunday.

Opposition to a republic has grown by 8% since 2008, with 48% of people now saying they oppose constitutional change.

The ABC reports 44% of those surveyed want to see Australia become a republic.

But only 29% of people believed it should become a republic as soon as possible, with 31% saying it should never become a republic.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has suggested the issue should be considered after a change of monarchy and 34% of those surveyed agreed.