Essential Report

Funding campaigns

Sep 20, 2016

Q. As part of the national plebiscite on same-sex marriage, the Government has decided that tax-payer funding of $7.5 million be provided for advertising for both the in favour and against campaigns. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government providing funding for campaign costs in the lead-up to the vote?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Vote yes Vote no
Total approve 22%   22% 29% 16% 25%   24% 22%
Total disapprove 68%   67% 62% 83% 72%   67% 73%
Strongly approve 6%   8% 8% 4% 4%   8% 5%
Approve 16%   14% 21% 12% 21%   16% 17%
Disapprove 22%   23% 25% 17% 20%   21% 21%
Strongly disapprove 46%   44% 37% 66% 52%   46% 52%
Don’t know 10%   11% 8% 1% 3%   9% 5%

68% disapprove of the Government’s proposal to provide funding to both sides of the same-sex marriage campaigns and 22% approve. More than 60% of all voter groups disapprove.

Those who would vote no to same sex marriage in a national vote were a little more likely to oppose Government funding of the campaigns (73% disapprove).

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