Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Kiwis support marriage equality

TVNZ released its latest ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll on Sunday, showing that 63% of kiwis support marriage equality. But its a more interesting picture when you delve into the demographics [PDF]. They show a strong divisions by age, by gender, and by beliefs. Women are more likely to support equality than men, and the young and godless are much more likely to support it than the old or god-bothered. But even then, support amongst the over-55s and those who identify themselves as religious is still 50-50. Even in small towns and rural areas there is strong majority support. The only group strongly opposed is men (for which I blame rugby meathead culture).

In short, the public wants this. The question is whether the politicians will listen.

Correction: I'd misread the results for men due to the colour-coding; men are in favour as well. So there's no group strongly opposed at all.