Same-sex poll shows sup­port

Nar­row ‘yes’ vote fore­cast in Wide Bay

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

WIDE Bay vot­ers are tipped to sup­port same sex mar­riage, but pos­si­bly not by much.

The large num­ber of peo­ple say­ing they will not bother vot­ing at all could eas­ily shift that bal­ance.

Across the na­tion, the ABC Vote Com­pass poll recorded re­sponses from 1.2 mil­lion Aus­tralians, with 55% over­all sup­port­ing same-sex mar­riage.

The poll, pub­lished this week, looks at Aus­tralia, elec­torate by elec­torate, and ex­am­ines how we will be telling our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to vote.

Most polls have con­sis­tently fore­cast “yes”, but there is wide vari­a­tion in in­di­vid­ual elec­torates.

Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien has promised his vote on the is­sue will re­flect the out­come of the poll in Wide Bay.

You can take that as a “yes” if the ABC poll is right, with a nar­row 51% ma­jor­ity in­di­cat­ing a “yes” vote in Gympie’s fed­eral seat.

This is not al­ways the case among our neigh­bours.

Mara­noa, a huge elec­torate that runs from Wide Bay to Birdsville is firmly “no” with only 42% pre­dicted to vote “yes”.

Hin­kler (from River Heads to the Bur­nett River) is run­ning at 43%, Flynn (up to Glad­stone and Biloela) is 44%, to the south, Fair­fax (from Pere­gian Springs, Ke­nil­worth and Eu­mundi to Nam­bour) is run­ning at 54% “yes” and Blair (down past Som­er­set to Ip­swich) is, like Wide Bay, run­ning at 51%.

A worry for “yes” case sup­port­ers and hope for “no” vot­ers is the very large num­ber who ap­par­ently do not care, with only 65% across Aus­tralia say­ing they will par­tic­i­pate, a fig­ure which drops to 58% among 18-24 year-olds.

PHOTO: RE­NEE AL­BRECHT

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien

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