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Support for Indigenous voice plunges to losing position

People in favour of enshrining an Indigenous voice in the constitution are in the minority for the first time, according to one survey.



Voters in favour of an Indigenous voice to parliament are in the minority as support for the constitutional change wilts in one major poll.


The share of people nationally who approve of enshrining the voice in the constitution has dropped to 49 per cent, down from 53 per cent in May, according to a Resolve Strategic survey.


The poll of 1606 voters, published by Nine newspapers late on Monday, is the first significant national poll to show the 'no' side leading.


But its findings are contradicted by a Guardian Essential poll, published on Tuesday, which found 60 per cent of people were in favour of the voice, up one percentage point on the previous survey.


The survey of 1123 voters showed 40 per cent of respondents were opposed to the change.


The poll figures come as the Yes 23 Campaign hails the support of more than 500 organisations, from charities to business, faith and multicultural groups, as backing a 'yes' vote.


The Resolve poll said those supporting the 'no' case were in the majority in three states, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.


The national 'yes' figure has steadily dropped from a peak of 64 per cent support in a September 2022 Resolve survey.


The latest survey showed 18 per cent of voters were undecided, while 42 per cent were firmly in favour and 40 per cent against.


But when those who were undecided were asked to answer only 'yes' or 'no', as they would in a referendum, the 'no' vote had a slender lead.


Yes 23 Campaign director Dean Parkin said voice supporters continued to hit the phones and hold events to encourage people to get behind the constitutional change.


"This is about bringing all Australians together," he said.


"We are building a positive movement that includes people from all walks of life."


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