Polling – Territory rights

The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,004 Australians about their views on various restrictions on the rights and representation of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

The results show:

  • Six in ten (60%) Australians support both the ACT and Northern Territory being allowed to legalise voluntary assisted dying.
  • One in two (49%) Australians agree that the National Capital Authority (NCA) should be abolished, compared to 13% who disagree.
  • Six in ten (62%) Australians agree that the ACT Government, not the NCA, should decide whether pill testing can occur in the ACT.
  • One in two (51%) Australians support increasing the number of senators elected by each territory from 2 to 4, with one in five (21%) opposed.
  • 45% of Australians support the ACT having the right to allow 16- and 17-year- olds to enrol to vote on a voluntary basis, with 31% opposed.
  • 57% of respondents support allowing Jervis Bay Territory residents to vote in ACT Legislative Assembly elections.

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