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  • 1. Attitudes Towards Same-Sex Marriage 41106121 Presented by RW/DH October 2006
  • 2. Background Detail
    • Evaluate attitudes towards same-sex marriage
    • Explore meaning of Civil Union, Civil Partnership and Marriage
    • Identify barriers or issues that may need consideration
    Objectives Research Methodology
    • 5 questions on Lansdowne telephone Omnibus
    • – sample 1000 nationally representative of all aged 15+
  • 3. Age 44 43 6 8 AB % 52 27 13 8 DE % 30 48 12 10 F % Social Class 65 24 7 4 15-40 % 38 42 13 7 41+ % 56 31 9 4 C1C2 % 47 34 12 7 54 33 8 5 Male % Female % Gender Personal View on Same-Sex Relationships (Base: All Aged 18+) Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil partnerships but not marry There should be no legal recognition of same sex relationships No comment Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry Total % (Q.2)
  • 4. Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree 15-40 41+ Age DE F AB C1C2 Social Class Total % 53% 28% (Q.1) “ Excluding Gay Men and Women from Marriage is Unfair” (Base: All Aged 18+) No Opinion
  • 5. Marital Status 01 Directory Area Total % (Q.1) “ Excluding Gay Men and Women from Marriage is Unfair” (Base: All Aged 18+) Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree 07/09 06 05 02 04 Married with children Married no children Single No Opinion
  • 6. Age AB % DE % F % Social Class 15-40 % 41+ % C1C2 % Reasons for not Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry (Base: All Who Think Same sex Couples Should not be Allowed to Marry) Total % Married With children % Marital Status Against religious beliefs/immoral Unnatural or “not right” Marriage is about families/children No comment Marriage only for man and woman Civil Union should be sufficient Personal opinion Would devalue concept of marriage Legal complications (tax, etc) Not right time for it now Married no children % Single % 21 17 17 22 10 10 2 8 4 0 22 21 14 10 13 10 8 6 1 3 22 18 16 17 15 8 7 3 1 2 14 27 12 12 12 10 10 7 3 1 34 15 13 14 9 10 7 5 2 1 28 16 16 17 7 13 8 3 1 1 19 24 15 13 14 8 8 6 2 1 22 24 16 15 12 10 11 2 1 0 27 24 12 15 11 6 10 1 0 0 (Q.3)
  • 7. (Q.5) Should children in a same-sex household have the same legal rights as children in other family units? (Base: All Aged 18+) Yes No Don’t know
  • 8. End of Information on Survey 41106121 Presented by RW October 2006