Impact of same-sex marriage

Dec 10, 2019

Q. Same-sex marriage has now been legal in Australia for two years (since December 2017). To what extent do you think allowing same-sex people to marry has had a positive or negative impact on Australia?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strong positive impact 24% 28% 18% 43% 22%
Somewhat positive impact 23% 27% 24% 22% 10%
Neither positive, nor negative impact 38% 33% 43% 27% 38%
Somewhat negative impact 7% 5% 8% 4% 10%
Strong negative impact 8% 7% 8% 5% 21%
NET: Positive impact 47% 55% 42% 65% 31%
NET: Negative impact 15% 12% 15% 8% 31%
Base (n) 1,035 339 356 106 116
  • 47% of participants say allowing same-sex people to marry has had a positive impact on Australia with only 15% saying this has had a negative impact.
  • Greens voters are most likely to say this has had a positive impact (65%) whereas 31% of other party or independent voters believe this has had a negative impact.

Same sex marriage

Oct 22, 2013

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

 

Total

22 Oct 13

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

15 Nov 10

14 Mar 11

4 Jul 11

13 Aug 12

24 Sep 12

22 Apr 13

6 May 13

Should be allowed to marry

57%

65%

41%

80%

53%

49%

54%

54%

55%

54%

58%

Should not be allowed to marry

31%

23%

45%

10%

36%

40%

35%

33%

36%

33%

32%

Don’t know

12%

11%

14%

11%

11%

10%

11%

13%

9%

13%

10%

57% agree that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 31% think they should not. These results are very similar to the last time this issue was measured in May. However, over the last 3 years support for same sex marriage has increased a little and opposition declined.

Support for same sex marriage is 49% among men but 65% among women. 66% of under 35’s and 62% of those with university education support same sex marriage.

Same Sex Marriage

Sep 24, 2012

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

 

15 Nov 2010

14 Mar 2011

4 Jul      2011

13 Aug 2012

24 Sept 2012

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should be allowed to marry

53%

49%

54%

54%

55%

68%

41%

89%

Should not be allowed to marry

36%

40%

35%

33%

36%

25%

50%

4%

Don’t know

11%

10%

11%

13%

9%

7%

9%

7%

There has not been a great deal of movement in the figures since the last time the question was polled on 13 August: with a 1% increase in those in favour of same sex marriage (55%) and a 3% increase in those opposed (36%). This translates to a 4% reduction in the don’t knows: moving from 13% in August to 9% this week.

There has been little movement in the results in the two years since the question was first polled in November 2010.

 

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