In an incredible display of bias, the media are either ignoring our latest significant polling of NZ’ers on the same-sex marriage issue, or are giving it a negative ‘spin’ by suggesting we are acknowledging that there is more support than opposition for same-sex marriage.
But we already knew and acknowledged that. But WHAT IS THE TREND since the same-sex marriage debate officially started in the middle of last year?
A Herald on Sunday poll last month showed that support for redefining marriage had fallen from a previous high of 63% in a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll last May to just 53% now. (The politicians supporting gay marriage only quote the ONE News poll!) This echoes a similar slide in polling by Research NZ which showed support for ‘same-sex marriage’ dropping to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011.
And now our polling of 1,000 people through an independent research company shows that support for redefining marriage has dropped to just 47% with almost as many (43%) saying civil unions are enough.
This is significant. The longer the debate has gone on, the lower the support for changing the definition of marriage.