Same-sex marriage is a hot button topic right now in Australia, with the pending federal election and current PM Malcolm Turnbull pushing for a plebiscite on marriage equality if he is re-elected.
We also have the leader of the Labor Party promising that making same-sex marriage legal in Australia will be his first act if elected.
New research has surfaced from Roy Morgan, which reveals that 1 in 5 Australian voters still believe that homosexuality is “immoral”. Further according to this research, the majority of the voters who believe this give their preference to Coalition parties.
Roy Morgan found that 28% of Liberal voters and 32% of National voters (the Coalition parties) are of the belief that homosexuality is immoral. On the Labor side, 15% of people believe this, with 4% of Greens and 31% of Independent/others agreeing as well.
They also showed that people with a preference for Coalition parties are 70% more likely to believe that homosexuality is immoral.
Michele Levine, the CEO of Roy Morgan, said this: “Australians who believe that homosexuality is immoral outnumber gay people by almost seven to one (although as we’ve previously reported, it remains difficult to get a final, true estimate of how many people are gay). For many, a plebiscite that gives both camps and everyone in between an equal say on an issue that directly affects only the minority group lies somewhere between odd and offensive.”
“A little over three million voters still believe homosexuality is immoral—and the majority of them give their first preference votes to the Coalition, and another fifth vote for Other parties whose preferences would mostly flow to them. So on a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition has a 40-point lead on the issue.”
This is again shown within the electorates, as eight out of the top ten electorates where voters are most likely to believe homosexuality is immoral are held by the Coalition. In Melbourne, the only Greens-held seat in federal parliament, 95% of voters disagree that homosexuality is immoral.
Interestingly, in Wentworth, the seat of PM Malcolm Turnbull, 86% of voters disagree with the same notion, with 89% disagreeing in former PM Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah.
The seemingly large number of people who still hold this believe in the general Australian voting population is a little concnerning, especially if the public vote on marriage equality still goes forward.