Morality and politics

Feb 2, 2010

Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently said that he believes women should try to remain virgins until they are married. Do you think Tony Abbott should or should not be giving advice on moral issues like sex and marriage?

  Total Firm Labor Soft Labor Firm Coalition Soft Coalition Firm Green Soft Green
Should be giving advice on moral issues 19% 11% 11% 39% 27% 10% 10%
Should not be giving advice on moral issues 70% 86% 83% 48% 67% 82% 87%
Don’t know 11% 3% 6% 13% 7% 8% 4%

 Most people (70%) think that Tony Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues like sex and marriage, 19% think he should be giving advice on moral issues and 11% don’t know. 

 Males were more likely to think that Abbott should be giving advice on moral issues (23%), while females were more likely to think he should not (75%). 

 People aged 45 – 54  were more likely than those in other age groups to think Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues (78%). 

Coalition voters were more likely to think Abbott should be giving advice on moral issues (34%), while Labor (84%) and Green (84%) voters were more likely to think he should not.  56% of Coalition voters and 67% of soft Coalition voters think Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues.

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