Essential Report

Should plebiscite be binding

Oct 5, 2016

Q. If a plebiscite is held, should the result be binding on Parliament or should members of Parliament still have a free vote?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Vote yes Vote no
Should be binding on Parliament 49%   56% 49% 59% 52%   60% 42%
Members of Parliament should still have a free vote 26%   23% 29% 27% 29%   22% 36%
Don’t know 25%   20% 22% 14% 18%   19% 22%

49% think that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage should be binding on Parliament and 26% think parliamentarians should still have a free vote.

Those most likely to support a binding vote were Greens voters (59%), Labor voters (56%) and those who would vote yes in a plebiscite (60%).



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