Essential Report

Decision on same sex marriage

Jul 12, 2016

Q. Do you think the issue of same sex marriage should be decided by Parliament or should there be a national vote?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Mar 2016
Should be decided by Parliament 25% 32% 20% 43% 19% 22% 21% 23%
Should have a national vote 60% 55% 67% 47% 67% 66% 67% 66%
Don’t know 15% 12% 13% 11% 14% 12% 12% 11%

60% favour a national vote on same sex marriage and 25% think the issue should be decided by Parliament.

This represents a shift away from support for a national vote since this question was asked in March.

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