A new poll finds the question of matrimonial status should be on the minds of Australians for years to come.
The poll of 2,000 Australians, conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found that while 46 per cent of those surveyed supported the idea of having a “second, prenuptial agreement”, just 21 per cent supported a “marriage contract”.
The poll also found that 51 per cent said they would consider voting against same-sex marriage, with 41 per cent in favour.
A majority of those polled said they believed in “premarital cohabitation”, with 61 per cent saying they would “support” it.
But despite support for the idea, just 16 per cent indicated they were likely to support the “marriage of convenience” as an option for same-gender couples, with 30 per cent unsure.
A majority, 54 per cent, of those questioned agreed with the statement that “marriage should be reserved to a heterosexual couple”.
The survey found that a majority of respondents believed that same- sex couples should not be denied the right to marry.
However, only 14 per cent agreed with that, with a further six per cent undecided.
And only one in four of those asked agreed with a statement that marriage should be “between a man and a woman”.
The same poll found that 52 per cent thought that people should be able to have their privacy respected, with only 10 per cent against.
But there was support for a number of more conservative policies, with 56 per cent agreeing with the idea that people who were charged for the cost of the birth of their child should not face discrimination.
The poll found 58 per cent were in favour of allowing children up to the age of 18 to be vaccinated against the common cold, with 34 per cent opposing the proposal.
And 57 per cent support allowing parents to have more autonomy in choosing their children’s schools, with 36 per cent opposed.
The Australian Institute for Family Studies said the results of the survey indicated that people were “still waiting for the full implications of this issue”.
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