A quarter of Australians say celebrating Jesus is the most important part of Easter

March 28, 2024, 1:35 AM GMT+0

In the lead up to the Easter long weekend, YouGov’s latest public data poll has found that 27% of Australians say the most important part of Easter is celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Comparatively, a larger 37% said time off work was the most important, with another 18% citing Easter eggs, and 17% hot cross buns.

Australians in almost every demographic said that time off work was the most important thing about Easter. This is except Australians who identify as Christian or Catholic. Over half of Christian-identifying Australians (54%) said that celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection was the most important part of Easter to them, as did 47% of Catholic Australians.

YouGov Director of Government, Paul Smith said, “While more Australians said that time off work was the most important thing about this Easter, many Christian Australians chose celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This shows that celebrating the Christian faith remains important to many Australians.”

This poll also measured voter intention.

Labor’s support has slipped slightly, and if an election were held tomorrow, the Labor Party would receive 51% of two party preferred vote, down one percent from the last poll three weeks ago.

For the third month in a row, Labor’s primary vote remains unchanged at 32%, while the change in the two-party preferred vote has been driven by the Greens being down 2, back to 13%.

The Coalition’s primary vote has risen 1% to 38%, as has Pauline Hansen’s One Nation Party, now at 7%.

The satisfaction rating for both party leaders remains negative, with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition sharing a -11% net score.

After an incredible increase last month, Anthony Albanese’s satisfaction rate has plunged 5 points, with 41% satisfied and 52% dissatisfied.

Leader of the Opposition, Peter Dutton’s satisfaction has fallen one point since the last poll, with 38% satisfied and 49% dissatisfied.

Anthony Albanese still leads as the preferred Prime Minister by 12 pp at 46%, compared to Peter Dutton at 34%.

19% of Australians don’t prefer either party leader as Prime Minister.

Paul Smith said, “Anthony Albanese has a decisive lead on Peter Dutton as preferred Prime Minister, returning to the large margin seen before the Voice referendum. However, with Labor’s two-party preferred lead slipping to 51-49, it is a line ball whether Labor will receive enough support to form a majority government.”

Methodology: This survey was conducted between 22 March and 28 March with a sample of 1513. Results are weighted to be representative of the population by age, gender, education, AEC region, household income, weighting by past vote (Federal vote and Voice referendum), with a margin of error of 2.5%. See Australian Polling Council methodology statement for full weightings.

YouGov correctly predicted the result of the recent referendum at 40% Yes, 60% No, and is a founding member of the Australian Polling Council, as well as a global leader in polling research. We are the only polling company to have polled our entire panel of survey participants to ensure our polls are representative of how Australians vote in the Voice referendum.

For further information or comment contact Paul Smith, Director of Government paul.smith@yougov.com or Amir Daftari, Director of Polling amir.daftari@yougov.com.