Australian Prime Minister’s stance on gay marriage is helping the Labor party

A new poll reveals 30% of voters are more likely to support the left-wing party because of Rudd's stance on same-sex marriage

Australian Prime Minister’s stance on gay marriage is helping the Labor party
14 July 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s stance on gay marriage could help the Labor party in the next elections, a poll has shown.

The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research and funded by Australian Marriage Equality, highlighted 30% of voters would be more likely to support the Labor in the federal contest.

The interviewees said their support is due to Rudd’s stance on gay marriage.

The 19% of the 1000 people interviewed said they would be less likely to vote for Labor.

Young people are more likely to vote for Labor. More than 50% said they will support the left-wing party.

However, only 18% of those over 50 will vote for Labor.

Rudd, who previously opposed same-sex marriage, announced last May he had changed his mind and had started to support it.

Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said the survey showed gay marriage is an important issue in an uncertain and close election contest.

Tony Abbott, the leader of the opposition, has said he is against gay marriage and has told his MPs to follow his stance.

Rudd, 55, defeated the nation’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, on June 26 in a leadership ballot.

In challenging Gillard, Rudd said Labor could face a catastrophic defeat in elections that must be held by 30 November.

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