Australians have voted ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage in the survey ‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ with a national tally of 61.6 percent voting Yes and 38.4% voting No. An overwhelming majority of the 79.5% of Australians responded to the same-sex marriage survey.
However, the great news for Canberrans is that 82.4% of our eligible population voted in the survey, the highest response rate in the nation. Of these respondents 74% voted ‘yes’ and 26% voted ‘no’. This is the highest ‘yes’ vote of any state or territory.
237,513 (82.4%) eligible Australians in the ACT participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
Females responded more than males. In the ACT, 84.6% (123,738) of eligible females and 80.1% (110,992) of eligible males responded to the survey.
In the ACT, those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey with 90.9% of eligible Australians in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 20 to 24 at 77.5%.
Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 7,817,247 (61.6%) responding Yes and 4,873,987 (38.4%) responding No. Nearly 8 out of 10 eligible Australians (79.5%) expressed their view.
All states and territories recorded a majority Yes response. 133 of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority Yes response, and 17 of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority No response.
12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
Females were more likely to participate than males. Nationally, 81.6% (6,644,192) of eligible females and 77.3% (5,980,168) of eligible males participated in the survey.
Those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey, with 89.6% of eligible Australians in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 71.9%. The youngest age group of eligible Australians (those aged 18-19 years) were more likely (78.2%) to participate than any other age group under the age of 45 years.
For a full breakdown of the results, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
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