Essential Report

Funding plebiscite campaigns

Aug 23, 2016

Q. As part of the national plebiscite on same-sex marriage, it has been proposed that tax-payer funding 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   Should be allowed to marry Should not be allowed to marry
Total approve 25%   26% 30% 23% 16%   30% 17%
Total disapprove 62%   62% 61% 68% 72%   57% 78%
Strongly approve 7%   10% 7% 5% 4%   9% 3%
Approve 18%   16% 23% 18% 12%   21% 14%
Disapprove 23%   23% 25% 20% 21%   24% 21%
Strongly disapprove 39%   39% 36% 48% 51%   33% 57%
Don’t know 13%   11% 10% 10% 12%   12% 5%

62% disapprove of the Government providing funding for campaign costs for the same-sex marriage plebiscite and 25% approve.

Those most likely to disapprove were aged 55 (73%).

78% of those opposed to same-sex marriage disapproved compared to 57% of those in favour.

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