Essential Report

National vote on same-sex marriage

Oct 5, 2016

Q. The Federal Government plans 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 58% 71% 49% 89% 44% 55% 60% 63% 61% 45% 60%
No 28% 18% 39% 9% 42% 32% 24% 21% 25% 41% 30%
Don’t know 14% 11% 11% 1% 13% 13% 16% 16% 14% 14% 10%

 

58% would vote “yes” in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage and 28% would vote “no”. 14% did not know how they would vote.

This represents little change since this question was asked in August.

Those most likely to vote “yes” were Greens voters (89%), Labor voters (71%) and those aged 18-24 (71%).

48% of those aged 65+ would vote “no”.

 

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