More polling today, this time from Essential Research, on same-sex marriage.
This 53% support, 36% oppose result is less decisive than the 62%/33% result recorded by Galaxy Poll in October.
There were differences in the questions, with Galaxy prefacing its question by telling respondents that gay marriage already existed in other countries. Perhaps that helped sway respondents without strong views.
And as is often the case the polling technology probably made a difference with don’t knows of 11% for the online survey and 5% for the phone poll, where respondents have less obvious opportunities to give a neutral response.
‘Soft’ opinion seems to be leaning towards the pro-gay marriage position.
In the papers this morning Roy Morgan geographic research on how people perceive the morality of homosexuality and their views on gay adoption. It helps explain why Julia Gillard, who is unlikely to be personally against gay marriage, is taking a politically cautious approach to it.