DPF’s company Curia Market Research (separate from Kiwiblog) was commissioned by Family First NZ (Director: Bob McCoskrie, also Protect Marriage) to conduct a poll among 1000 New Zealanders (the usual sample) on same-sex marriage proposals currently before the parliament. Here are the results.
• 47% now believe Parliament should change the definition of marriage
• 43% believe civil unions are sufficient for same sex couples.
• Strong support for laws protecting celebrants, churches and schools if marriage is redefined.
• Half (49%) of NZ’ers believe there should be a Binding Referendum on the issue (mostly amongst Labour supporters)
• 41% opposed this.
Respondents were asked:
“In 2004, Parliament legislated to allow same sex couples to register a civil union, amending over 150 pieces of legislation to give legal rights and recognition to same-sex couples. Do you think Parliament should change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, or do you think civil unions are sufficient for same sex couples?”
The support for Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill has steadily dropped. Bob McCoskrie said, “We have got past the slogans of ‘marriage equality’ and ‘discrimination’ and the debate is now centered around the real purpose and role of marriage and the fact that there is actually no discrimination in the law currently,”
Public Want Objectors Protected if Marriage is Redefined:
- 80% of respondents think marriage celebrants should not be forced to perform same-sex weddings if they go against their personal convictions.
- 73% of respondents believe churches and other places of faith should not be required to allow same-sex marriages in their buildings.
- 55% of respondents believe faith-based schools should not be required to teach that same-sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage of a man and a woman, with 33% saying they should.
- 53% oppose and 37% support requiring individual teachers in state schools to teach same-sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage if it goes against their personal beliefs.
• 52% said families with both a mum and a dad should have priority for adoptions, with 38% saying they shouldn’t.
There was a significant difference by gender with women split almost equally and men strongly in favour of priority for families with a mum and dad. National voters were most in favour of giving priority to heterosexual couples (60%).