Each 5th Australian considers homosexuality immoral

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media after winning the leadership ballot at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Just over three million Australian voters agree with the statement, “I believe homosexuality is immoral”.Following news that Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage this year if his government is re-elected, new research from Roy Morgan reveals that one in five Australian voters believe homosexuality is immoral. According to the research, the majority of Australian voters that believe homosexuality is immoral give their first preference votes to the Coalition parties. 28% of Liberal voters and 32% of National voters (Coalition parties) believe homosexuality is immoral.

In comparison, 15% of Labor voters and 4% of Greens voters agree with the statement that homosexuality is immoral, while 31% of Independent/Other voters agree. Overall, Australians who vote for the Coalition parties as a first preference are about 70% more likely than others to believe homosexuality is immoral. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine explained: “Australians who believe that homosexuality is immoral outnumber gay people by almost seven to one (although as we’ve previously reported, it remains difficult to get a final, true estimate of how many people are gay).A little over three million voters still believe homosexuality is immoral—and the majority of them give their first preference votes to the Coalition, and another fifth vote for Other parties whose preferences would mostly flow to them. So on a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition has a 40-point lead on the issue.”

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