How the states voted in the marriage survey

Australians have voiced their support for marriage equality with 61.6 per cent of people taking part in the marriage postal survey on marriage ticking the YES box on their survey forms.

Every state has voted in favour of change. Support was strongest in the Australian Capital Territory where 74 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’. Victoria came in second where 64.9 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’, the lowest state result was in New South Wales which returned a 57.8 per cent result.

In Western Australia 63.7 per cent of people said ‘Yes’ to changing the marriage laws, putting us third in the national tally.

Tasmania was close behind with 63.6 per cent,  South Australia was next with 62.5 percent, Queensland came in at 60.7 percent for ‘Yes’, The Northern Territory was close behind on 60.6 per cent.

The lower vote in New South Wales is largely attributed to a strong no vote in some outer metropolitan seats in Sydney, many which are currently held by Labor MPs.

The highest ‘No’ vote was in the seat of Blaxland which is currently held by Labor’s Jason Clare, here 73.9 per cent of people voted against same sex marriage.

In Tony Burke’s seat of Watson the ‘No’ result was 69.9 per cent. Chris Bowen’s seat of McMahon received a 64.9 per cent ‘No’ result, while in Julie Owens seat of Parramatta the no result was 61.6 per cent.

In Western Australia 1.2 million people took part in the survey, our level of participation was 78.4 per cent, just slightly below the national average of 79.5 per cent.

All seats in Western Australia voted ‘Yes’ for marriage equality.

The biggest support for marriage equality came from the seat of Curtin which is held by Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop, 72.2 per cent of voters in the Western suburbs seat showed their support for same sex couples.

The lowest level of support was in the large rural seat of O’Connor which is represented by Liberal member Rick Wilson. The seat covers areas including Albany, Kalgoorlie and Esperance. While it had the lowest level of support, 56.2 per cent of people in O’Connor still voted ‘Yes’.

In Canning, the seat held by vocal No campaigner Andrew Hastie, 60.2 per cent of people showed support for change.

In fellow Liberal Ian Goodenough’s seat of Moore support was at 68 per cent.

See the breakdown of how Western Australia voted at the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ website.

OIP Staff


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