Essential Report

Same Sex Marriage

Nov 29, 2010

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should be allowed to marry 50% 60% 38% 82%
Should not be allowed to marry 37% 28% 50% 13%
Don’t know 13% 12% 12% 4%

50% think people of the same sex be allowed to marry and 37% think they should not be allowed to marry.

Strongest support for same sex marriage is shown by Greens voters (82%), Labor voters (60%), females (63%) and those aged 25-44 (61%).

50% of Coalition voters and 68% of those aged 65+ oppose same sex marriage.

By religion, Catholics (58%) and those with no religion (63%) are more likely to support same sex marriage. Anglicans are divided (47% support, 43% oppose) and other Christians are strongly opposed (68%).

Of those who think the issue is important, 60% think same sex marriage should be allowed and 37% think it should not be allowed.


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