Voters back away from government over failure to allow free vote
A ReachTell Poll has revealed almost 40 percent of Coalition voters would move away from voting for the Liberal and National parties if they continue to block marriage equality.
Commissioned by the Equality Campaign, the poll canvased voters across 12 Liberal & Nationals Coalition seats across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. Seats include Deputy Prime Minster, The Treasurer, Ministers and backbenchers.
The poll found:
Almost 40% of voters in Coalition electorates are less likely to vote for the Coalition if they continue to block a vote on marriage equality.
20% of Coalition voters in Government seats are less likely to vote for the Coalition if they continue to block a vote in this term of parliament.
66% of voters in Coalition seats believe its important that the Government resolve the issue of same-sex marriage by a vote in the parliament this year with almost 20% saying this is very important.
In another blow to the Coalition, almost 20% of Coalition voters in Liberal & Nationals electorates said they are less likely to vote for the Government at the next election.
“Every one of the Coalition seats surveyed backed Marriage Equality with an average of 61% of the electorates in support of marriage equality and with some as high as 77%,” said Tiernan Brady, Executive Director, The Equality Campaign.
“The clear message is that Australians overwhelmingly back marriage equality, and voters in Liberal & Nationals Party seats want the Government to get on with the job of making equality a reality for every Australian,” said Anna Brown, Co-Chair of Australians for Equality.
The poll results also showed support for marriage equality is at an all time high.
66% of voters in Coalition seats believe the government should resolve marriage equality by a vote in the parliament this year, with almost 20% saying this is very important.
More than 55% of voters in these Coalition seats believe their MP should be allowed to vote on a same-sex marriage Bill.
“The Polling represents the strongest support for marriage equality we have ever seen in Coalition held seats, said Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality.
“The clear message from these electorates is they want the Coalition Government to deliver a reform that celebrates fairness and equality, and to do so without any further delay,” Greenwich said.