Essential Report

Concern about campaign

Sep 20, 2016

Q. How concerned are you that a holding a plebiscite on same-sex marriage may result in “hate speech” and abuse of gay and lesbian communities?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Vote yes Vote no
Total concerned 48%   59% 41% 81% 47%   64% 25%
Total not concerned 39%   28% 52% 18% 46%   26% 64%
Very concerned 22%   28% 13% 59% 15%   31% 9%
Somewhat concerned 26%   31% 27% 22% 32%   33% 16%
Not very concerned 19%   17% 24% 7% 18%   17% 20%
Not at all concerned 20%   11% 28% 11% 28%   9% 44%
Don’t know 12%   14% 9% 2% 6%   9% 11%

48% say they are concerned that a holding a plebiscite on same-sex marriage may result in “hate speech” and abuse of gay and lesbian communities and 39% are not concerned.

Those more likely to be concerned were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (81%) and aged 18-24 (70%).

64% of those who would vote yes to same sex marriage in a national vote were concerned about “hate speech” compared to 25% of those who would vote no

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