Essential Report

Same sex marriage

Jun 6, 2017

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 Vote Other Oct 2013 Jun 2014 Oct 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016
Should be allowed to marry l 60%   69% 51% 87% 50% 57% 60% 59% 64% 58% 62%
Should not be allowed to marry 26%   18% 36% 6% 38% 31% 28% 30% 26% 28% 27%
Don’t know 14%   13% 13% 7% 12% 12% 12% 11% 10% 14% 12%

60% thought that people of the same sex should be able to marry (down 2% since August 2016), and 26% thought that they should not (down 1%).

Women (67% support) were more likely than men (53%) to support same sex marriage.

72% of 18-24 year olds supported same sex marriage, compared to 42% of over 65 year olds.

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