It's time for marriage equality says Nielsen poll
It may be time for marriage equality but a Nielsen poll has revealed most Australians say while they support same-sex marriage, it won’t affect how they vote at the coming election.
The poll conducted by Nielsen for The Age, canvassed 2545 people around the nation between Sunday and Thursday of last week and the result showed growing support for same-sex unions.
A total of 65 per cent of respondents supported legalising marriage between same-sex couples, up 8 points since December 2011, while only 28 per cent were opposed (down 7 points). 75 per cent of women were in favour of the move compared with 55 per cent of men and support was highest amongst younger voters.
Still when asked the importance of marriage equality in deciding their votes over half the respondents surveyed said it was not important at all.
16 percent of those surveyed cited marriage equality as “very important”.
Australian Marriage Equality advocates suggest this equates to 1.5 million voters who will place marriage equality high on their agenda when it comes time to hit the voting booths.
"By these numbers marriage equality will play a key role in the election outcome, especially in marginal seats, with support for issue deciding the vote of around 1.5 Million voters,” said AME Deputy Director Ivan Hinton.
Previous polling has suggested the Marriage Equality is also the top civil justice issue and among the top 5 issues for voters aged between 18 to 24.
On Sunday the Labor Party launched its “It’s Time” campaign citing Labor’s track record of obtaining rights for the nation’s LGBTI people.
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