Essential Report

National vote on same-sex marriage

Sep 20, 2016

Q. The Federal Government intends to hold a national vote on same sex marriage in February next year. If the question was “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” how would you vote?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Aug 2016
Yes 60%   70% 55% 88% 47%   55% 65% 72% 58% 50%   57%
No 30%   22% 37% 5% 46%   36% 24% 20% 31% 40%   28%
Don’t know 10%   8% 7% 7% 7%   9% 11% 8% 11% 10%   15%

60% would vote “yes” in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage and 30% would vote “no”. 10% did not know how they would vote – down 5% since August.

Those most likely to vote “yes” were Greens voters (88%), Labor voters (70%) and voters aged 18-34 (72%).

50% of those aged 65+ would vote “no”.

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