Curia and Curious (Same Sex Marriage Poll)

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%).


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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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3 Responses to Curia and Curious (Same Sex Marriage Poll)

  1. Pingback: Arguments against changing the marriage law | Your NZ

  2. Changeiscoming says:

    DPF must be pulling out what little hair he has left. That his own research company comes up with such research which is totally against what he wants and believes. Guarantee that he doesn’t run the research company down and call it a dodgy poll.

    • Stevo says:

      He specialises in dodgy polling (look at the question used in this one). He got paid, so I don’t suppose he’s that upset. He knows it’s rubbish.

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