SUPPORT for same-sex marriage dropped by more than one million votes after the High Court dismissed a challenge to the postal vote, according to the No campaign.
A poll of 4000 voters taken before the court ruling found 65 per cent in favour and 35 per cent against when forced to make a decision.
A second poll taken in the 10 days since the challenge was dismissed recorded a 7 per cent swing away from the Yes vote — equivalent to more than one million votes.
A spokesman for the No campaign said the numbers were moving now that “Australians were presented with alternative argument”.
The Sunday Herald Sun can also reveal John Howard (left) has ramped up his campaign against same-sex marriage, accusing senior conservatives including Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton and Mathias Cormann, of “running dead” on the issue.
Senior Liberal sources said the former prime minister is calling conservative members of the Turnbull Government to lobby them.
“Howard wants the senior guys to be more vocal and not leave it up to the junior conservatives,” one Liberal MP said. But Mr Howard’s intervention has angered moderates who claim he is trying to “complicate” the issue and “scare voters”.
Last week, Mr Howard accused the government of “washing its hands of any responsibility” to protect religious freedoms, if the survey come back with a majority Yes vote. Results from the postal survey are expected on November 15.
Miss Universe Australia Olivia Rogers says she feels far healthier now (at right) than when she was ‘stick thin’ as a working model (below). Picture: TIM SWALLOW