New poll shows support for marriage equality up by 5 per cent
A new poll released today shows support for same-sex marriage has increased in Australia.
The Essential Poll showed an increase of 5 per cent in support for same-sex marriage from late 2015.
The Essential Polls have traditionally shown lower results than Newspoll, Ipsos, Galaxy or Crosby/Textor polling which have support at about or above 70 per cent.
Advocates have hailed a substantial jump in public support for marriage equality saying it shows Australians strongly back the reform and are increasingly impatient to see it achieved.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said:
"The more marriage equality is debated the more Australians see it as an issue of love, commitment and fairness, and the more support grows.
"I attribute the increase in support to everyday conversations about why marriage equality matters, as well as growing impatience with Parliament's do-nothing approach to the issue."
Mr Croome said research has shown that when the public is informed about the cost of a public vote support falls dramatically.
"The Essential Poll was done before respected accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers', showed a plebiscite will cost the economy over half a billion dollars."
"As that information gets out, support for a plebiscite will drop substantially, as will support for policy-makers who cling to the idea."