Public sentiment for Australia becoming a republic remains unchanged,
with a slight majority of Australians favouring the move, a
Herald/Nielsen poll reveals.

The national survey of 1400 voters
conducted late last week found that 52 per cent of people wanted
Australia to become a republic while 40 per cent said it should not.

The remaining eight per cent were undecided.

Fairfax reports that those figures are almost identical to the last time Nielsen surveyed voters on the issue in 2004.

Support for a republic peaked at 57 per cent in 1999 when the issue was put to a referendum, Nielsen polls show.

federal government has taken a low-key approach in its support for a
republic, while new opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull is a former
Australian Republican Movement chairman.