MORE than a quarter of a million people from the Gold Coast’s five federal electorates voted yes for same-sex marriage, it has been revealed*. Scroll down for a full breakdown.
Of the almost 13 million Australians who their say in the survey, 7,817,247 (61.6%) said they believed the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry – 4,873,987 (38.4%) disagreed.
Locally, 407,787 people living in the Gold Coast’s five federal electorates took part in the survey.
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Out of those residents who responded, around 250,000 (61%+) said yes, while 155,000 (38%) said no.
Support for same-sex marriage was strongest in the southern Gold Coast federal electorate of McPerhson (Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Robina, Coolangatta, Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera) where more than 65% of voters said yes.
A further overwhelming 63.8% of voters in Moncrieff, which takes in Surfers Paradise, Ashmore, Benowa, Broadbeach, Carrara, Main Beach and parts of Nerang, also said yes.
Of the 84,587 people who voted in Fadden, which includes Coomera, Helensvale, Hope Island, Biggera Waters and parts of Oxenford and Southport, 52,154 (61.8%) were in favour of changing the law, 32,218 (38.2%) were not.
Support was less apparent in the federal electorate of Wright, however, which includes the Gold Coast hinterland, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley, where 56.8% of those who voted said yes and 43.2% said no.
*Results are from the five federal electorate divisions across the Gold Coast (Fadden, McPherson, Moncrieff, Forde, and Wright) and are sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.