Essential Report

Plebiscite or vote in Parliament

Oct 5, 2016

Q. The Liberal/National Government has proposed holding a plebiscite on same sex marriage. The Labor Party, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team are opposed to holding a plebiscite and want a vote in Parliament. Which of the following options would you favour to resolve this issue?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Vote yes Vote no
The Liberal/National Government should agree to a vote in Parliament 53% 60% 56% 71% 47% 56% 49% 51% 55% 50% 66% 38%
The Labor Party, Greens and Xenophon Team should agree to a plebiscite 24% 25% 26% 24% 27% 25% 22% 21% 20% 33% 20% 36%
Don’t know 24% 15% 18% 4% 26% 19% 28% 28% 25% 17% 14% 26%


To resolve the issue of same-sex marriage, 53% think the Liberal National Government should agree to a vote in Parliament and 24% think Labor and the other parties should agree to a plebiscite.

Those most likely to think the Government should agree to a vote in Parliament were Greens voters (71%) and those who would vote in favour of same-sex marriage in a plebiscite (66%). 56% of Liberal National voters think their party should agree to a vote in Parliament.



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