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Poll: UK support for equal marriage at 55%

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Jun 2013, 2:07pm

    Excellent! Expect the opposition to dismiss it of course and they’ll come out with one showing a huge majority against.

    1. “Expect a huge majority against?” – Only if Comres carry out the poll!

  2. Charliej95 25 Jun 2013, 2:26pm

    I wonder what the figures for Scotland was ? i know that last year support stood at 65% in 2012

  3. Jock S. Trap 25 Jun 2013, 2:29pm


    Shows the majority support though as Robert says expect one that contradicts. It’s not enough that the majority of decent people in society accept marriage being equal, religious or not.

    What they who opposed will forget is that this poll reflects all in society. It won’t be one that reflects churches and congregations across the country who are told lies and inaccurate information to get the results they want.

    But then as we already know religion like the CoE don’t like facts.

  4. Sandgroper 25 Jun 2013, 2:50pm

    It is incredibly frustrating that despite polling showing a consistent and increasing majority of Australians approve of same-sex marriage, our parliamentarians cannot bring themselves to back same-sex marriage. Shame on our parliamentarians. I hope that when equal marriage rights pass in the UK, this will provide some impetus for our uninspiring politicians.

    1. Sandgroper 25 Jun 2013, 3:00pm

      Oh, also meant to wish all you Brits all the best, hoping your House of Lords passes this Same-sex Marriage bill ASAP. Have been watching some of the House of Lords debate. Very impressed with your Lord Alli who seems very adept at putting some of the wrinklies (old Lords) in their place, politely too! We need someone like him here.

      Congrats also to any Kiwi readers, good on you for getting it through your parliament. You will have quite a tourism spike with Aussies crossing the ditch to get married.


    2. In Aust public opinion will matter more because they are looking at a referendum on it

  5. Paula Thomas 25 Jun 2013, 2:57pm

    Hate to rain on the parade here. But the survey appears to have excluded people 65 and over. This demographic is the one with most opposition to equal marriage. That is a problem and one we need to acknowledge.

    1. Who cares? They will all die soon anyway!

      1. Actually, they will probably live another 20 years on average, with more and more people living into their 90’s.
        Having said that, they are the last generation who have reached adulthood in a UK where gay sex was a criminal act, and being gay made you a social pariah. That influences their views, and makes it necessary for any meaningful poll to break down its findings into age ranges.

  6. It’s good to hear that another poll shows the majority of the UK population are on our side, but it’s not good that 45% of the UK population are against Same Sex Marriage.

    45% of the UK population is something like 30 million UK people. That’s a lot of objectors.

    We have a great deal more work to do!

    Long may PinkNews continue!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Jun 2013, 3:33pm

      I don’t think any poll can be 100% accurate either way. The 45% in opposition in the UK doesn’t explain the age group polled. I suspect many of those interviewed were 65 and older. Even so, there is much to do long after the Bill passes.

    2. Dex (@MrDexB) 25 Jun 2013, 5:19pm

      It’s only a “sample” of people. And I doubt that there would be a overwhelming majority of people against same sex marriage in the UK.

    3. That There Other David 25 Jun 2013, 7:39pm

      55% in support does not mean 45% against. There will also be a number of don’t know/don’t care people in the middle. Typically around the 5% mark from Ipsos/Mori’s previous polls on the subject.

  7. That is actually a very low percentage considering the fact that people older than 64 weren’t interviewed.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Jun 2013, 5:03pm

      Higher than in France but still among the 9 countries with overall majorities in favour, that’s a good result surely? The public consultation yielded 53% in favour of those who bothered to answer the questionnaire and I’ve no doubt it would have been far far higher had everyone in support responded. A YouGov poll conducted in 2012 revealed 70% in favour.

  8. I suspect that the support for same sex marriage in the UK is actually above 55%. much closer to 60-65%.of the population. And over 70% of those under the age of 40.

  9. This poll seems kinda low for all countries. I wonder how the questions were formulated and how many people were asked.
    12,000 for 16 countries is not much at all.

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