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Has ANZAC Day become overhyped?
Yes
44%
514
No
50%
591
Unsure
6%
76
1181 Responses
Has Anzac Day become the most important/sacred day on the Australian calendar?
Yes, and I like it
36%
423
Yes, and I don't agree with it
20%
241
No, and I'm glad it isn't
19%
226
No, but it should be
13%
156
Unsure
11%
135
1181 Responses
Do you plan to go to a dawn service/watch or join in a parade?
Yes
35%
417
No
42%
491
No, but I'd like to
19%
227
Unsure
4%
45
1180 Responses from 1181 Respondents
What does ANZAC Day mean to you? (tick all that apply)
A reminder of the tragedy of war
26%
721
A sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by so many Australians
30%
834
A thank you to the millions who were and are in Australia’s defence forces
22%
606
Nothing
1%
24
Thankfulness for the freedom we currently enjoy
21%
592
Other
1%
31
Personal remembrance of great-uncles who returned lungs destroyed by gas suffering a lifetime of pain and misery. Australia should not have become embroiled in Britain's war.
0%
1
Promoting war instead of memorialising the horrors of war, part of costs of ANZAC day funded by weapons industries!
0%
1
Remembrance of my ancestors who were in Gallipoli
0%
1
How politicians make decisions to send our forces to war while they sit at home safe and sound and how our forces do us so proud and stand so tall even when the politicians have made very poor decisions.
0%
1
Giving our thanks and honouring those who gave there all for us
0%
1
The life-long physical and mental wounds several of my uncles brought back to Australia with them and the pointless deaths of cousins.
0%
1
what about the KIWIs...
0%
1
a waste of 35 years of my life
0%
1
Not just a reminder of the tragedy of war but also the futility of it all. If only the money spent on armaments could go to ensuring peace.
0%
1
Remembering relatives who died so young; they left no children to remember them.
0%
1
The stupidity of war and the fools Australians and Kiwi's were at the hands of the ignorant, mis-informed British generals.
0%
1
A reminder of the futility of war and the need for peace and cooperative habitation of this earth.
0%
1
The duplicity of England and its disasterous 'leadership'
0%
1
It should be a reminder of the terrible waste of life & resources. Also a constant reminder of man's inhumanity to man in war conditions, which should be a vital deterrent against ever going to war again.
0%
1
The stupidity of war!
0%
1
At Gallipoli, Australia came of age. Considered as British even though Federation was 1901, the incompetence of the British Generals at Gallipoli and in the trenches of the Western Front and with huge losses we became an internationally recognised nation in our own right.
0%
1
Remembrance of my Father and the aftermath I and my Mother saw after Dad returned home.
0%
1
The actions of the ANZAC's led directly to Australia's recognition as an independent nation. It is our national day.
0%
1
A day of war memories
0%
1
The futility of war and how it shouldn't be worshipped
0%
1
We should never forget the sacrifices of young people for the peace we enjoy.
0%
1
I am a war widow and I spend the day remembering the pain and suffering my late husband and all war veterans suffered and are still suffering.
0%
1
The day that I visit my uncles war grave though I never knew him
0%
1
political stupidity
0%
1
A chance to catch up with my defence mates and to remember the fallen and to look after the living.
0%
1
Anzackery
0%
1
A reminder of the futility of war
0%
1
Think about my dad
0%
1
A reminder of my two uncles who both gave there lives in WW1, and thankful for the freedom that we currently enjoy.
0%
1
Sacrifices made by both Australians and New Zealanders
0%
1
2808 Responses from 1181 Respondents
Numbers at dawn services and in parades have never been bigger. Do you attribute this to:
Ongoing education through schools
7%
80
Greater understanding of what the original ANZACs endured
29%
348
Tradition
5%
60
A chance to display patriotism
8%
94
A rise in nationalistic sentiment
23%
266
Respect for family members who fought (or are fighting) in wars
22%
262
Other
6%
70
Media hype
0%
3
dunt know
0%
1
Media promotion
0%
1
I don't know
0%
1
Dangerous Jingoism
0%
1
there are multiple positive reasons and higher population of course
0%
1
An opportunity for Australians to feel connectedness.
0%
1
Increased population
0%
1
all of the above
0%
1
Non combatants marching for deceased relatives.
0%
1
Glorifying war to support more warmongering and feed the industrious- military comlplex
0%
1
I think because there has been a lot more media about the ANZACs and ANZAC day the younger generation has more of an understanding
0%
1
Government promotion of the overblown account of historian Mr. Bean, whose account of the events of that war were romanticised but taken as gospel.
0%
1
`brain washing in schools and media
0%
1
RSL s are pushing the need to attend.
0%
1
A deliberate government ploy to have us honour militarism.
0%
1
Marketing
0%
1
A chance to display pseudo-patriotism
0%
1
sheep
0%
1
While Anzac Day has been hijacked to some degree by nationalistic sentiment for many it still remains a time of respect for family members and others who fought/ contributed/ sacrificed in times of war.
0%
1
Search for something to fill spiritual void since Christianity is unfashionable
0%
1
politicians -using jingoism to use the anzac tradions for gain
0%
1
Aboriginals taking over the ceremeny, overtaking the true meaning
0%
1
If politicians put as much thought and effort into the welfare of veterans as into the fau-nationalism and hype of ANZAC day th ecountry would be a better place
0%
1
the "thing to do"
0%
1
Bloody hype by news channels.
0%
1
Political exploitation, trying to make our nation and our history a soldiers nation at the expense of every other contributor.
0%
1
Event mentality
0%
1
All the above, there is no single attributable reason, it's a mixture of ALL the above choices.
0%
1
everything as mentioned in the all above statements
0%
1
CRAVING FOR CERTAINTY
0%
1
don't know why - media making the news maybe
0%
1
Probably all of the above
0%
1
commercializing & gov don't need to spend on old soldiers now they have mostly passed on - so spend heaps on show
0%
1
Parents instilling in their children a respect for our way of life and the sacrifice by the Anzacs to get us there.
0%
1
Media hype, forgetting the cost and romanticising the day
0%
1
It’s the “thing to do”
0%
1
Nostalga
0%
1
Lost meaning and has been hijacked by media and other interests. Patriotism and respect have lost meaning generally.
0%
1
Special days have become events to be celebrated - similar to Melbourne Cup Day and Football grand finals Boxing Day test cricket
0%
1
Promotion by RSL Clubs and Poker Venues
0%
1
An over hipe of governments for political purposes. Spending millions on monuments, money that would be better spent on our still alive returned service personal.
0%
1
Understanding our freedoms are due to those who paid the price and sleep in foreign lands.
0%
1
The anniversaries associated with WW1
0%
1
propaganda from politicians
0%
1
advertising
0%
1
Anzac Day is a day we should remember we lost the cream of our male crop to a stupid war that was uncalled for , millions of people died for what NOTHING.
0%
1
can't tick any
0%
1
It's over HYPED.
0%
1
Don't know
0%
1
1180 Responses from 1181 Respondents
Does the government do enough for returned service men and women?
Yes
14%
169
No
72%
844
Unsure
14%
167
1180 Responses from 1181 Respondents
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