Largest Formal Poll to Date Reveals How Australians Really Feel About Redefining Marriage


Sexton Market Research conducted a professional-scale polling on behalf of Marriage Alliance in December 2016. They polled Australians, asking them to share how they truly feel about same-sex marriage. This is the largest, most recent, formal poll conducted in Australia on the subject.

In their polling, Sexton Market Research discovered that the statistics regarding marriage redefinition in Australia are vastly different from what marriage equality activists would want us to believe.

Here are some of their key findings:

On Redefining Marriage 

  • Only 33% of respondents strongly support marriage redefinition.
  • Only 52% of respondents want to redefine marriage at all.
  • 25% of respondents say they are undecided on marriage redefinition.

On Free Speech

  • Two-thirds of respondents are concerned that if the definition of marriage changes, free speech in the workplace will be restricted.

On Sex Education in Schools

  • More than half of respondents who support same-sex marriage still believe that parents should have a say in whatever sex education is being taught in their children’s schools.
  • 65% of respondents do not want schoolkids to explore homosexuality and transgender ideas.
  • Most respondents reported that it would be concerning to them if the right of a parent to intervene in their children’s education was taken away. Notably, this right has been stripped in other countries where same-sex marriage was legalised.

On Other Known Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage

  • 81% of same-sex marriage supporters are worried that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would remove ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ from their everyday language.
  • The vast majority of respondents are concerned about unisex public toilets, and the associated problems this poses for the general public.

Clearly, Australians are rightly concerned with the consequences that would accompany legalising same-sex marriage. It is obvious that even those who support redefining marriage are not confident that their rights and many other social norms would be protected from the legal and cultural implications of same-sex marriage. There is clearly more to same-sex marriage than our opponents want us to know – and it is time that all Australians are told the truth about same-sex marriage.

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