Cory Bernardi has dismissed opinion polls showing a strong lead for the “yes” vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey and suggested some respondents in the polls are lying.
The Australian Conservatives leader told Sky News he believes people feel pressured by political correctness and were telling pollsters they’d voted “yes” even if they’d voted “no”.
“I’m not even conceding defeat, quite frankly,” he said.
“I think there are a great many people who are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of changing the Marriage Act.”
Thousands of people at marriage equality rallies across the country this weekend have been told not to be complacent as the deadline for voting in the postal survey gets closer.
Melbourne supporters rallied and marched on Sunday, after events in Brisbane and Sydney on Saturday.
Advocates have urged young people in particular to post their survey forms before the suggested deadline of October 27, to ensure they’re received and counted by the final deadline of November 7.
“There are still millions of possible ‘yes’ votes out there and we urge everyone to keep talking to friends, family, and workmates right up until the survey closes,” The Equality Campaign’s Shirleene Robinson said.
The result will be announced on November 15.