Survey Shows Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Support Dwindling


Rodney Croome, Shelley Argent on the Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite

A survey revealed that most Australians would oppose a Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite if it controlled their marriage rights.

The Galaxy poll, commissioned by PFLAG, surveyed 1000 people, including 203 Queenslanders.

Firstly it found that 76 per cent of participants wouldn’t want a popular vote to decide their marriage.

Only 13 per cent were open to a popular vote determining marriage, while 11 per cent were unsure.

Regarding same-sex marriage, 36 per cent supported a plebiscite, 35 per cent opposed it, and 29 per cent were undecided.

PFLAG opposes the Turnbull government’s plan for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage later this year or early in 2017.

A month earlier, 48 per cent of Australians supported a plebiscite, with 35 per cent against.

This indicates a notable decline in support. The latest survey suggests this change partly stems from broader marriage rights questions.

Earlier this month, QNews reported on a survey result which found that 85 per cent of LGBTIQ Australians opposed a same-sex marriage plebiscite.  60 per cent said they opposed it under any circumstances.

Long-time marriage equality advocate, Rodney Croome

Said that when everyday Australians “encouraged to walk in the shoes of LGBTI people,” they reject a plebiscite.

“Our job is to make sure politicians are encouraged to empathise as well and drop plans for this expensive, divisive plebiscite,” he said.

Mr Croome recently quit as Australian Marriage Equality’s national director to focus on opposing the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

PFLAG spokesperson Shelley Argent said the poll showed that Australians are against judging other people’s relationships and reject a plebiscite. “when they realise this is exactly what a plebiscite is about”.

“We will soon be launching a campaign that will educate Australians about the indignity and dangers of a plebiscite.” She said

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Nerelle Harper

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