Tasmania behind only Victoria and ACT in support for gay marriage

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: Tasmania’s support for same-sex marriage eclipsed the national average, with 64 per cent of the state voting ‘yes’.
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: Tasmania’s support for same-sex marriage eclipsed the national average, with 64 per cent of the state voting ‘yes’.

Tasmania is officially the second-most pro-same-sex marriage state in Australia. 

Out of all the states and territories, Tasmania ranked third in terms of support for same-sex marriage, behind only Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Each of the five Tasmanian federal electorates returned a majority ‘yes’ vote.

Only 17 of the 150 national electorates returned a majority ‘no’ vote, with 12 of those being in New South Wales.

In fact, NSW was the only state not to return a majority ‘yes’ vote.

Almost 80 per cent of Australians participated in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ postal survey on whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal in this country.

The survey was commissioned by the federal government, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowing that a parliamentary vote on the issue would follow, should the survey return a majority ‘yes’ result.

And indeed it did.

Sixty-two per cent of Australians voted ‘yes’ to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Tasmania’s support for same-sex marriage eclipsed the national average, with 64 per cent of the state voting ‘yes’.

Eighty per cent of Tasmanians participated in the survey, a total of 302,408 respondents.

This was slightly above the national average participation rate.

The ABS confirmed that Tasmanian women proved more likely to respond to the survey than Tasmanian men, with 81.7 per cent of eligible women and 77.5 per cent of eligible men participating.

The bureau also noted that Tasmanians in the 70-79 age bracket were the most likely to respond to the survey (89.8 per cent), while Tasmanians in the 25-29 age bracket were the least likely to participate (68.7 per cent).

The state electorate of Denison was in the top 15 national electorates most supportive of same-sex marriage, recording a 73.8 per cent ‘yes’ result.

Franklin also returned a strong ‘yes’ result (68.8 per cent).

Bass recorded a 61.7 per cent ‘yes’ vote, Lyons 58.7 per cent and Braddon 54 per cent.

Franklin had the best participation rate of all state electorates, with 82.7 per cent of people there responding to the survey.

Denison followed with an 82.4 per cent participation rate, then it was Bass with 79.2 per cent, Lyons with 78.1 per cent and, finally, Braddon with 76 per cent.

This means that those Tasmanian electorates with greater participation rates were also the electorates more likely to tick ‘yes’ on the survey form.