Three-quarters of Australians far less attached to the Commonwealth

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London, July 20(ANI): A poll released on Monday by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London has found that more than three-quarters of Australians were far less attached to their membership of the Commonwealth than other developing countries, including India.

Royal Commonwealth Society took the survey, after reviewing more than 6000 people who had gathered to mark the Commonwealth's 60th anniversary from seven Commonwealth member countries - Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, Jamaica, Malaysia and South Africa.

Out of the 1020 Australians polled, just 25 per cent said they would be sorry if Australia gave up its membership of the Commonwealth, while 38 per said they wouldn't mind one way or the other and 10 per cent would be fairly pleased, The News.com.au reports.

Meanwhile, 43 per cent Australians sighted Asia as being most significant to their homeland ahead of the United States (25 per cent), the Commonwealth (22 per cent) and Europe (three per cent).

About 84 per cent Australians correctly identified the Queen as the head of the Commonwealth, compared to 37 per cent Indians who didn't knew who was the head.

Australians also nominated Prince Charles as the individual whom they wanted to see take over the Queen's Commonwealth role when she dies.

About 37 per cent Australians further appeared to be slightly confused about what the functions of the Commonwealth, they were unable to name its activities.

Overall, the survey revealed that people in developing countries were more likely to think that the Commonwealth was important compared to developed countries. (ANI)

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