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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Australia's support for royals up after visit

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

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The royals during their trip
The royals during their trip

A 10-day royal visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George has triggered a rise in the nation's support for the monarchy, especially among younger Australians.

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A Newspoll survey found support for Australia becoming a republic has dropped to 40pc, the lowest level in 20 years and well below a peak of 52pc in 2000.

Just 17pc of 18 to 34-year-olds now strongly support a republic.

Martin O'Shannessy, the head of Newspoll, said the success of the royal tour in April and the lack of negative news about the royal family had helped to lift support for the monarchy.

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"I don't think Australians are particularly interested in a republic at the moment," he said.

"The most recent royal visit was a real success. People enjoyed it – it was everything people would expect from a royal visit.

"It has clearly gone over very well."

The 10-day trip around the nation was the royal couple's first official visit to Australia and received saturation media coverage.

The issue of Australia becoming a republic has largely dropped off the radar in recent years and the prime minister, Tony Abbott, is a monarchist.

The Australian Republican Movement said "absolutely fawning media coverage'' of the royal tour was the reason for the rising support for the monarchy. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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