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New poll shows support for marriage equality up by 5 per cent

New poll shows support for marriage equality up by 5 per cent

CREATED ON // Tuesday, 15 March 2016 Author // Rachel Cook

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."


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Her book, Closets are for Clothes: A History of Queer Australia, is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

Comments (1)

  • Julia

    15 March 2016 at 16:14 |
    This is a pleasing result, though it still amazes me how conservative opponents of reform, mostly those who flood the Australian newspaper website, are confident that a NO vote would get up at the supposed Plebiscite. I find it difficult to accept that several major polling and research companies including Crosby/Textor the Liberal Partys go to company are bias or that these polls represent a major social desirability bias. It's odd that the ones with the most to loose in a vote are the ones pushing it.


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