Essential Report

National vote on same sex marriage

Aug 25, 2015

Q. If the Government decides to hold a national vote on same sex marriage, should it be held before the next election, on the same day as the next election or after the next election?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be allowed to marry

Should not be allowed to marry

Before the next election

35%

43%

28%

39%

30%

47%

19%

Same day as the next election

43%

44%

46%

46%

49%

41%

48%

After the next election

11%

5%

17%

8%

15%

5%

21%

Don’t know

11%

8%

9%

7%

6%

7%

11%

78% think that a national vote should be held before or on the same day as the next election. Only 11% think it should be held after the election. Among those in favour of same sex marriage, 47% want the national vote held before the next election – compared to 19% of those opposed.

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