Fifty-nine per cent of Australians have already voted in favour of marriage equality according to results from a Newspoll survey published in the Australian. Thirty-eight per cent have voted “no”.
The ABS received 10.8 million votes by Friday October 13, 10 million more forms than the previous week.
The Newspoll found that 65 per cent of Australians have already voted, while 19 per cent will “definitely” vote, and six per cent “probably will” vote. The turnout has been strongest in the 50 to 64-year-old age bracket (71 per cent of all voters). Only 57 per cent of those aged between 18 and 34 have voted compared to 63 per cent of people between 35 and 49.
Responding to the Newspoll result on Channel Nine’s Today program last Wednesday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that he would be “delighted” if the “yes” vote prevailed.
On Tuesday the Labor caucus resolved to push for Liberal senator Dean Smith’s private member’s bill to be used to legislate marriage equality as soon as possible if the “yes” vote wins. This move would enable Labor to push the bill through the senate the week of November 15, when the result will be announced to the public.
The ABS has reminded anyone with a lost or damaged form to request a replacement before 6pm this Friday, October 20.
The survey will be closed on November 7.