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Large majority of Australians (76%) in favour of allowing gay marriage

Finding No. 6707 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,572 Australians on February 25-26, 2016. They were asked “Do you think gay people should have the right to get married?”

An SMS Morgan Poll shows a clear majority of Australians (76%) say gay people should have the right to get married in Australia while only 24% say they should not. This special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted last week, February 25-26, 2016 with a cross-section of 1,572 Australians.

In comparison, an extensive Roy Morgan Poll on all aspects of the institution of marriage conducted in July 2011 in conjunction with the former Channel Ten program ‘Can of Worms’ found that at that time 68% of Australians supported the right of gay people to get married in Australia compared to 30% that said they should not while a further 2% were undecided.

The full results of that special Roy Morgan Poll – ‘Does Marriage Matter Anymore?” can be viewed here.

Analysis by Voting Preference

Analysing the results by voting preference shows a majority of supporters of all parties except Family First support gay people having the right to get married.

  • Liberal voters: Approve (59%) cf. disapprove (41%);
  • National voters: Approve (67%) cf. disapprove (33%);
  • ALP voters: Approve (88%) cf. disapprove (12%);
  • Greens voters: Approve (97%) cf. disapprove (3%);
  • Family First voters: Approve (49%) cf. disapprove (51%); 
  • Independent/ Others voters: Approve (68%) cf. disapprove (32%).

Analysis by Gender

Analysis by gender shows a large gender split with a greater majority of women approving of the right of gay people to get married:

  • Men: Approve (69%) cf. disapprove (31%);
  • Women: Approve (84%) cf. disapprove (16%).

Analysis by Age

Analysing by age shows a majority of all age groups approving of the right of gay people to get married with younger people far more supportive:

  • 18-24yr olds: Approve (94%) cf. disapprove (6%);
  • 25-34yr olds: Approve (83%) cf. disapprove (17%);
  • 35-49yr olds: Approve (78%) cf. disapprove (22%);
  • 50-64yr olds: Approve (72%) cf. disapprove (28%);
  • 65+yr olds: Approve (66%) cf. disapprove (34%).

Analysis by State

Analysing by State shows clear majorities in all Australian States approving of the right of gay people to get married:

  • New South Wales: Approve (75%) cf. disapprove (25%);
  • Victoria: Approve (82%) cf. disapprove (18%);
  • Queensland: Approve (76%) cf. disapprove (24%);
  • Western Australia: Approve (73%) cf. disapprove (27%);
  • South Australia: Approve (73%) cf. disapprove (27%);
  • Tasmania: Approve (77%) cf. disapprove (23%).

Roy Morgan Research comment:

“A clear majority (76%) of Australians approve of gay people in Australia having the right to get married while only 24% disapprove. Majorities of supporters of all major parties approve of gay people having the right to get married with Greens supporters (97%) the most supportive followed by ALP supporters (88%) and National supporters (67%). Of the major parties, Liberal supporters are the most evenly divided on the issue with 59% supportive of gay marriage while 41% do not support it.

“Approval of gay people having the right of marriage in Australia is supported more strongly by women than men. Women approve of gay people having the right to get married (84%) compared to those who don’t (16%). Of Men 69% approve while 31% disapprove. Those aged 18-24+ are the most approving with 94% approving (only 6% disapproving) of gay marriage in Australia. Australians aged 25-34 also strongly approve (83% approve cf. 17% disapprove). Of Australians 35-49yr olds 78% approve cf. 22% disapprove whilst 50-64yr olds also approve (72% approve cf. 28% disapprove). Also of Australians 65+yr olds 66% approve cf. 34% disapprove.

“Majorities in all Australian States think gay people should have the right to get married with Victorians (82%) more likely to approve of gay people getting married than those in other States. The least supportive States of the right of gay people to get married are South Australia and Western Australia, but still a large majority support the right of gay people to get married (73%) with only 27% disapproving in both of these two States.”

Finding No. 6707 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,572 Australians on February 25-26, 2016. They were asked Do you think gay people should have the right to get married?

Roy Morgan SMS Polling was extremely accurate at both the last two Federal Elections:

See 2014 Accuracy Results here.

Results analysed by Roy Morgan Helix Personas are available on a subscription basis.

www.HelixPersonas.com.au.


Question:

Australians were asked (February 25-26, 2016): “Do you think gay people should have the right to get married?”

Analysis by Voting Preference

Total

Liberal

National

ALP

Greens

Other

Can’t say

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

76

59

67

88

97

68

64

No

24

41

33

12

3

32

36

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Analysis by Age & Gender

Total

Gender

Age

Men

Women

18-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

76

69

84

94

83

78

72

66

No

24

31

16

6

17

22

28

34

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Analysis by State

 

State

Total

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

76

75

82

76

73

73

77

No

24

25

18

24

27

27

23

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Respondents were then asked: “Any why do you say that?

Those who approved of allowing gay people the right to get married talked about equality, fairness, discrimination, love, freedom of choice and because it’s no one else’s business and that everyone should be allowed to have the security that marriage provides.

“Because it’s equitable.”
“It’s basic human rights. To deny them that right is discrimination based on sexuality.”
“They deserve to be treated as equals.”
“Equal treatment is a human right.”
“It’s about equality and recognition.”
“We live in a secular society where everyone deserves equal rights.”
“Fairness!”
“Everybody deserves to have the right to get married.”
“They should be allowed to suffer just like the rest of us!”
“Equality for all.”
“No one in Australia should be discriminated against.”
“Two people who love each other and are committed should be able to marry.”
“Why not, they are people in love. We have gay friends who had to go to America for their vows.”
“Why not? There are plenty of bad heterosexual parents. The world’s fucked anyway.”
“Because gay people are people too.”
“It’s a human rights issue – people shouldn’t be discriminated against on the basis of their beliefs.”
“Discrimination should not be based on what sex you fall in love with.”
“Everyone deserves love and the security of a legal union.”
“It’s not harming anyone, it’s a personal choice.”
“Everyone deserves the freedom to express love as you desire.”
“Because it’s nobody else’s business and politicians should stop abusing their power by interfering in everybody’s lives.”
“Marriage is a legal contract between consenting adults. No more or no less.”
“I don’t care, so let them. Nothing to do with me.”
“It is discrimination not to. Love is love after all.”
“It is simply the right thing to do. Love should be celebrated.”
“Because it is a basic human right.”
“Because love is love and commitment to love should be allowed regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation.”
“Everyone has the right to do what makes them happy. Being married doesn’t change anything, but if it makes them happy then so be it.”

Those who disapproved of allowing gay people the right to get married referred to the definition of marriage as having stood for thousands of years, the impact on children, because too many traditional values are being discarded, because it isn’t natural, there are more important issues to address and because it is against religious teachings as well as several other reasons.

“It is what I believe and have always done so.”
“As a traditionalist I’m happy for all to have the legal rights, but that doesn’t have to be marriage.”
“Nothing against gay people, but marriage for them is something I don’t support.”
“That is not marriage in the traditional sense so it should be called something else.”
“Marriage should remain between a man and a woman, call it something other than marriage.”
“The word marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Happy for them to have a legal union with a different title.”
“Marriage in the eyes of God is between a man and a woman.”
“I believe in equal rights for all under the law but believe that marriage by definition and historically is between a man and a woman.”
“It is against nature and humanity.”
“Maybe a civil union should be available, but marriage is between a man and a woman.”
“Because I am a Christian and I believe marriage is a sanctity between a man and a woman.”
“It doesn’t align with my values and beliefs.”
“There are plenty of other issues that are more important to address.”
“I am not religious, but marriage is between a man and a woman. If gays want some sort of partnership fine, but it is NOT marriage.”
“I think marriage is for opposite sex couples. There are other terms that can be used for homosexual couples. It all seems to be more about activism than anything else.”
“I am happy with the current definition of marriage being between a man and a woman.”
“It devalues the concept of family. Children are the future.”
“I didn’t really care until the rainbow lobby called anyone who didn’t agree homophobes.”
“It’s wrong, it’s unnatural.”
“Because it is against all I believe in. I have a gay nephew and I accept him as a person, but don’t believe that they should get married.”
“I believe marriage as we know it today should be between men and women only.”
“Gay couples already have civil unions and recognition under federal law for most matters. Marriage is a religious concept and changing this will have impacts not fully documented.”
“Because it is about the right of children to have, to know, and to live in a house with both their genetic parents – their mother and father.”
“It is not natural and against human nature. God made woman to be with man.”
“For all of human history the definition of marriage has been man/woman, even in cultures that embraced homosexuality. To think we can unilaterally change that is hubris and arrogance.”


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