Essential Report

Same sex marriage

May 6, 2013

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

15 Nov 10

14 Mar 11

4 Jul 11

13 Aug 12

24 Sep 12

22 Apr 13

Total

6 May 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should be allowed to marry

53%

49%

54%

54%

55%

54%

58%

66%

49%

91%

Should not be allowed to marry

36%

40%

35%

33%

36%

33%

32%

24%

43%

3%

Don’t know

11%

10%

11%

13%

9%

13%

10%

10%

9%

6%

There has been slightly increased support for same sex marriage since the question was polled last month (and since the suggestion of holding a referendum): with a 4% increase in those in favour of same sex marriage (58%) and a 1% decrease in those opposed (32%).

Those most in favour of same sex marriage were Greens voters (91%), Labor voters (66%) and women (63%). 49% of Liberal/National voters, 36% of men and 54% of people aged 65+ opposed.

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