According to a study, even if Australian support in majority gay marriage, it would seem that it is not a priority, in a certain sense.
This study organized by gay marriage opponents, Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, shows that 49% of the population want the law changes in order to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples against 40% who are opposed to it.
But according to this study, Australian do not consider it is a priority.
Here what appears priority:
86% hospital access
73% cost of living
53% carbon taxes
27% gay marriage
"When even dyed-in-the-wool opponents of equality find the majority of Australians are for marriage equality, we can be absolutely sure it’s true.
As for the Ambrose Centre’s argument that voters feel marriage equality is less important than other issues and dislike the divisiveness associated with the debate; these are arguments for allowing marriage equality as soon as possible so the nation can move on," Alex Greenwich from Australian Marriage Equality said
However, if it is not an important matter, why the study reveals that would push voters to change their political view?
Indeed, it would seem that the Labor Party would lose 2.2% voters, the Coalition would lose 2.2% of them and the Greens would lose 0.3% of them. It is even specified in the study that it could "put marginal seats at risk."
"I find it inconsistent that on the one hand the Ambrose Centre says marriage equality is not an important issues for voters, but on the other hand it says the issue will change so many votes that it has the potential to bring down governments.
These kinds of contrived results are the hallmark of a survey designed to find what the commissioning body wants it to find," Alex Greenwich added.
It is always necessary to be wary of studies because, of course, all the Australian were not contacted and it is easy to contact a majority of people whose one knows the point of view.