ALMOST 40% OF VOTERS IN COALITION SEATS WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE GOVERNMENT IF THEY CONTINUE TO BLOCK A VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THIS PARLIAMENT

• Almost 40% of voters in Coalition electorates are less likely to vote for the Coalition if they continue to block a vote on marriage equality.
• 20% of Coalition voters in Government seats are less likely to vote for the Coalition if they continue to block a vote in this term of parliament.
• 66% of voters in Coalition seats believe its important that the Government resolve the issue of same-sex marriage by a vote in the parliament this year with almost 20% saying this is very important.
The Equality Campaign’s Reach TEL Poll across 12 Liberal & Nationals Coalition seats across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. Seats include Deputy Prime Minster, The Treasurer, Ministers and backbenchers.
The Equality Campaign today released its latest Reach Tel Poll that revealed almost 40% of voters in Coalition electorates are likely to abandon the Government at the election if they continue to block a vote for marriage equality in this term of parliament.

Furthermore, almost 20% of Coalition voters in Liberal & Nationals electorates are less likely to vote for the Government at the next election.

“Every one of the Coalition seats surveyed backed Marriage Equality with an average of 61% of the electorates in support of marriage equality and with some as high as 77%,” said Tiernan Brady, Executive Director, The Equality Campaign.

The Poll across 12 Liberal & Nationals Party seats across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia includes the seats of the Deputy Prime Minister, The Treasurer, Ministers and the backbench.

“The clear message is that Australians overwhelmingly back marriage equality, and voters in Liberal & Nationals Party seats want the Government to get on with the job of making equality a reality for every Australian,” said Anna Brown, Co-Chair of Australians for Equality.
“This level of support reflects what the Equality Campaign has been hearing in the dozens of community forums we have been holding over the past month in rural and regional Australia. Marriage equality is an issue in every town and community across the country,” Mr Brady said.
The Poll also revealed that 66% of voters in Coalition seats believe its important the government resolve marriage equality by a vote in the parliament this year, with almost 20% saying this is very important.

Furthermore more than 55% of voters in these Coalition seats believe their MP should be allowed to vote on a same-sex marriage Bill.

“The Polling represents the strongest support for marriage equality we have ever seen in Coalition held seats, said Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality.

“The clear message from these electorates is they want the Coalition Government to   deliver a reform that celebrates fairness and equality, and to do so without any further delay,” Mr Greenwich said.

The Poll also revealed that almost 56% of Coalition voters in Government seats believe the Liberal & Nationals Parties are out of touch with the community when it comes to marriage equality.

“Now that a recent Senate inquiry has unanimously recommended what a bill should look like, this polling should give the government the confidence that their electorates want this bill debated on the floor of parliament,” Co-Chair of Australians for Equality, Anna Brown said

“From Armidale to Perth, Marriage Equality is about real people, our family members and friends who just want the same dignity and standing and to be able to get on with their lives. It is time the Government did their job and enacted marriage equality in line with the settled will of the Australian people,” Mr Brady said.