Australian SSM vote: Undecided voters call for legal protections to accompany vote

Australian SSM vote: Undecided voters call for legal protections to accompany vote, by Simon Benson.

A third of all Australian voters say they are undecided over whether to allow gay marriage in a national poll that signals the issue of legal protections for religion and freedom of speech could determine Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite.

A national poll of 4,000 people commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby suggests that 61 per cent would likely vote Yes with protections for children, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

But, in an indication the No campaign could be influencing voters, the Yes vote tanked to just 17 per cent when people were presented with a scenario in which gay marriage was unaccompanied by legal protections.

In this situation, the number of people prepared to change their vote to No doubled, while 29 per cent of respondents said they were undecided.

hat-tip Stephen Neil