The latest 3 News Reid Research poll has found only one in four people want to change the flag.
The process of change is often gradual. At an individual level people try to change something about themselves multiple times before actually succeeding.
Perhaps changing the flag is like trying to get voluntary euthanasia legalised. Parliamentarians failed in 1995; failed again in 2003, though it was a much closer run result. They failed because the weight of public opinion wasn't behind change. I believe it'll be third time lucky for that particular battle.
And so it may be with the flag.
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