A Herald-Digipoll of 600 today echoes last Friday’s less scientific Close Up poll of 12,000 New Zealanders who want to see us adopt a new flag with a silver fern.
Oddly, the greatest mood for change comes from 40-70 year olds and those outside Auckland, with Aucklanders and 18-29 year olds favouring the Union Jack.
That’s the exact opposite of what I would have expected – a campaign for change driven by middle-aged provincials.
(Seems we baby-boomers are an island of radicalism in a sea of conservatism.)
It would now be good to see another poll, independent of the newspaper that’s leading the campaign for change.
It will be too easy for conservatives to view this Herald poll as akin to a Greenpeace poll on global warming.
But this is a great day for those wanting change, as it means the issue will start to move on to the government’s radar.
All the moreso as it reinforces the prime minister’s own instincts about the silver fern being the right symbol.