72% of Aussies want same-sex marriage legalised
SUPPORT among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party's own pollster.
A Crosby Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, has found that 72 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77 per cent think Coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.
It comes a day after new Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would move a private member's bill to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happened.
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The Crosby Textor poll is expected to bring a renewed push from marriage equality advocates, who will begin targeting Coalition MPs in earnest after growing public support for same-sex marriage and Sunday's widely publicised interview with Ian Thorpe, in which Australia's greatest Olympian confirmed he is gay.
The survey by the Liberal Party's national pollster finds support for marriage equality is increasing among Australians, up from 65 per cent in a Nielsen poll last August.