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.

 

Same Sex Marriage

Aug 13, 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 11

13 Aug 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should be allowed to marry

53%

49%

54%

54%

65%

42%

83%

Should not be allowed to marry

36%

40%

35%

33%

27%

44%

11%

Don’t know

11%

10%

11%

13%

8%

14%

6%

54% think that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 33% think they should not – a very similar result to last year when this question was last asked.

Strongest support came from women (61%), people aged 35-54 (59%), aged under 35 (56%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (59%).

Important Decisions

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Which of the following decisions made by the Federal Labor Government since they were elected do you think is most important for Australia’s future? And which is second? And which is third?

First Second Third Total
The mining tax on large profits 17% 18% 13% 48%
Addressing climate change with the carbon tax 19% 11% 13% 43%
Increase compulsory superannuation to 12% 17% 13% 12% 42%
Provide 18 weeks paid parental leave 7% 6% 7% 20%
Childcare rebate increased from 30% to 50% 4% 7% 6% 17%
Allow Labor politicians to have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage 4% 6% 5% 15%
Allow the export of uranium to India 4% 5% 4% 13%
Gambling reforms which require poker machine players to set a limit on losses. 3% 5% 5% 13%
Plain packaging for cigarettes 3% 4% 5% 12%
None of them 13% 3% 3% 13%
Don’t know 8% 1% 2% 8%

The three most important decisions made by the Government were the mining tax, the carbon tax and the increase in compulsory superannuation.

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Same Sex Marriage

Jul 4, 2011

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 11 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should be allowed to marry 53% 49% 54% 65% 41% 85%
Should not be allowed to marry 36% 40% 35% 23% 48% 9%
Don’t know 11% 10% 11% 12% 10% 6%

54% think that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 35% think they should not. This represents an increase in support for same-sex marriage since this question was asked in March – however, similar to the result from last November.

Strongest support came from women (62%) and those aged under 35 (63%).

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Same Sex Marriage

Mar 14, 2011

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

15 Nov 2010 14 Mar 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should be allowed to marry 53% 49% 54% 40% 78%
Should not be allowed to marry 36% 40% 36% 50% 16%
Don’t know 11% 10% 10% 10% 6%

Support for same-sex marriage has declined a little since this question was last asked in November. 49% (down 4%) agree people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 40% (up 4%) disagree.

By gender – 43% of men support same sex marriage and 47% oppose, while 56% of women support and 34% oppose.

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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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Importance of Same Sex Marriage Issue

Nov 29, 2010

Q. Compared to other issues that are often raised in politics – like the economy, healthcare, immigration, etc –  how important to you personally is the issue of whether people of the same sex should be allowed to marry?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total important 37% 37% 32% 56%
Total not important 60% 60% 66% 42%
Very important 15% 16% 13% 24%
Quite important 22% 21% 19% 32%
Not so important 31% 33% 30% 23%
Not at all important 29% 27% 36% 19%
Don’t know 4% 3% 1% 2%

37% believe the same sex marriage is an important issue and 60% think it is not important. A majority of Greens voters (56%) think it is important.

41% of those who support same sex marriage think the issue is important and 36% of those opposed think it important.

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Same Sex Marriage – Party Policies

Nov 29, 2010

Q. From what you understand which party has the policy on same sex marriage which is closest to your own view of the issue?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Labor Party 13% 29% 2% 1%
Liberal Party 21% 5% 44% 3%
Greens 20% 19% 13% 71%
Don’t know 46% 47% 41% 24%

21% prefer the Liberal Party policy on same sex marriage, 20% prefer the Greens and 13% Labor.

Opinions generally follow party preference although only 29% of Labor voters prefer the Labor policy and 19% prefer the Greens.

Those with no religion are more likely to prefer the Greens policy (29%) while 30% of Anglicans and 32% of other Christians prefer the Liberal policy.

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