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Millward Brown (Lansdowne) Polling Highlights 2012
2008 sample included respondents aged 15+.
2012 sample included respondents aged 16+/18+ (for voting questions)
EQUAL RIGHTS REGARDLESS OF SEXUALITY
84% - more than 8 out of 10 - people agree that everyone in Ireland should receive equal treatment from the state, regardless of whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual.
• 90% agreement among 25-34 year olds
• 88% agreement among parents
In 2008 this figure was 81%.
DENYING CIVIL MARRIAGE TO SAME SEX COUPLES IS DISCRIMINATORY AND UNFAIR
72% - nearly 3 out of 4 – people believe that denying civil marriage to same sex couples is a form of discrimination.
• 84% of 25-34 year olds agree
• single people (79%) and parents (78%) are more likely to agree
In 2008 this figure was 63% - an increase of over 10%.
THE GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL MARRIAGE
71% of people believe that the Irish Government should amend the law to provide access to civil marriages for same-sex couples. (“The Government should amend the law to provide access to civil marriages for same-sex couples”)
In 2008 this figure was just over half the population – an increase of nearly 20%. (“Gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in a registry office”)
2 out of 3 people agree Ireland’s reputation as a modern society will be strengthened by allowing same sex couples to have civil marriages.
3 out of 5 people agree that allowing same sex couples to have civil marriages will promote a more tolerant environment in Ireland.
75% of people (aged 18+) said they would vote yes in a referendum to extend civil marriage to same sex couples
In 2008 this figure was 63% - an increase of 12%.
Support is highest among women, 18 to 34 year olds, parents and unmarried cohabiting couples.
|Breakdown by Age||2012||2008|
|Rest of Leinster||76%||61%|
|Connacht / Ulster||65%||56%|
The biggest increases in support came from farmers (60% - up from 32% in 2008) and those aged 50-64 (74% - up from 52% in 2008).
LESBIAN AND GAY PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
When asked about same-sex couples and their children…
• 69% of people agree that being raised in a loving home by loving parents is a more significant factor for a child’s well-being than being raised by a mother and a father
• 60% agree that the definition of a family in the Irish Constitution should change to include same-sex families
• 54% agree that same-sex couples should be legally allowed to jointly adopt a child