A survey of the Maltese people carried out by a market research company on behalf of the Catholic Church in Malta has found four out of five people still oppose same-sex couples having the right to adopt.
The poll was carried out by research firm Misco and found that 81% of Maltese people aged 25 to 64 opposed same-sex couples adopting but opposition was lower among those aged 24 and under where 53.5% were opposed.
However the church withheld the results of a question on civil unions that was also asked during the survey - suggesting there is much wider support for the formal recognition of same-sex relationships in Malta short of marriage.
The Catholic Church in Malta released the data as it calls for lawmakers to be given a conscience vote on the issue and has used the poll data to warn them about what it says is the people’s mood on the issue.
Single Maltese people can already adopt regardless of their sexual orientation so many Maltese same-sex couples are already raising children.
Maltese lawmakers have been poised to pass civil union legislation since October last year but it is hoped they will soon settle the issue.