Many moons ago, i worked for a market research company called Quadrant, who at the time, performed surveys on behalf of the Herald-Sun. In a room full of people performing the same menial task, i would have a list of phone numbers & would ring them in turn and ask a series of questions.
These questions were designed to elicit a particular response, before, we asked the question that would be published in the paper. Most questions that i asked were never published in the paper.
This two minute, seventeen seconds clip from the brilliant English tv series, 'Yes Prime-Minister' illustrates the method of governing peoples opinions in polls rather magnificently.
Do you support Australia becoming a republic?
The most significant change is in fact the change in appointment of the Governor-General/President from the Prime-Minister/Cabinet to both Houses of Parliament.
A proposed law: To alter the Constitution to insert a preamble.2"
The people said NO.
The Constitution ALREADY HAD A PREAMBLE in it, so why ask people if the government could insert something that already exists.
This is an important point to get your head around because these are particular employments of a dangerous political instrument called the 'Hegelian Dialectic', whereby, the media/government et al uses the generated 'public opinion' to demand that the government engage in particular behaviour.
Anything we can do to prevent this is in all of our interests.