Essential Report

National vote on same-sex marriage

Aug 22, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to hold a national voluntary postal vote on the issue of same-sex marriage?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Support same sex marriage Don’t support same sex marriage
Total approve 39%   37% 48% 31% 30%   41% 36% 41% 35% 39%   41% 39%
Total disapprove 49%   53% 42% 56% 61%   46% 53% 44% 52% 53%   50% 54%
Strongly approve 13%   13% 16% 7% 8%   14% 11% 14% 11% 12%   15% 12%
Approve 26%   24% 32% 24% 22%   27% 25% 27% 24% 27%   26% 27%
Disapprove 21%   23% 21% 20% 20%   18% 24% 24% 22% 17%   21% 22%
Strongly disapprove 28%   30% 21% 36% 41%   28% 29% 20% 30% 36%   29% 32%
Don’t know 12%   11% 9% 14% 9%   13% 11% 15% 13% 8%   9% 7%

 

 

39% approve of the Government’s decision to hold a national voluntary postal vote on the issue of same-sex marriage and 49% disapprove.

These figures are very similar to the results of a similar question asked last week (39% approve/47% disapprove).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (56%).

Younger people were less likely to disapprove of the national vote than older people.

There was little difference between those who support and oppose same sex marriage in terms of approval of the national vote.

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