Australia - Final weighed results Exit Poll
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
EDIT: The survey is now over and the 'Yes' side won with 61.6% of the vote. That means that our poll was off by more than 10 percentage points and we are evaluating our polling process. It was our first poll outside of the US and there was not enough time for us to think it through that much. For example, we ran countrywide polls instead of state by state and that likely overrepresented certain urban areas that voted for 'Yes' to a greater extent. In future polls in Australia and other places outside the US we will use what we have learned through this and our accuracy will hopefully be higher. This post will now be archieved in 'Old Polls'.
The poll was conducted by surveying online Android users between November 8-10,2017 with a sample size of 1014 people, of which 877 participants indicated they had taken part in the postal survey. Note, that the poll was conducted after the survey had already ended, but before the official results were counted and released.
The respondents were asked: "Should Australia allow same-sex couples to marry?" and was given the option to choose between 3 options; "Yes, I voted for legalisation", "No, I voted against legalisation" and "I chose not to vote in the postal survey". The order of the answers was randomized except for "I chose not to vote in the postal survey" which was set to always be at the bottom. The margin of error is calculated to be 2.9%
After the weighing process, the 'Yes' side won by a staggering 46 points with the results at 73% for 'Yes' vs 27% for 'No'.
The support was larger among female respondents with 81% for 'Yes' and a mere 19% for 'No'. Male respondents were more lukewarm in their support at 65% for 'Yes' and 35% for 'No', but still comfortably above 50%
The support for the gay marriage bill was largest amongst 18-24 year olds where only 8% was calculated to have voted 'No' and smallest in the 65+ age bracket were 'Yes' is at 55% and 'No' at 45%, however, that is still a 10 point victory for 'Yes' in the most conservative bracket. Overall there was a correlation between age and likelyhood of supporting legalisation, the older the respondant was the more likely they were to vote 'No'.
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By Felix Sandberg, IPS team.
Credit to Ivy for putting together the graphs.
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