1800.0 - Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, 2017  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/11/2017  First Issue
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product

RESULTS FOR AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Response

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Of the eligible Australians in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 175,459 (74.0%) responding Yes and 61,520 (26.0%) responding No. More than 8 out of 10 eligible Australians in the ACT (82.4%) expressed their view.

Response by Federal Electoral Divisions within the Australian Capital Territory(a)
Federal Electoral Division Yes No Total
no. Yes % no. No % no. %
Canberra(b) 89,590 74.1 31,361 25.9 120,951 100
Fenner(c) 85,869 74.0 30,159 26.0 116,028 100
Australian Capital Territory (Total) 175,459 74.0 61,520 26.0 236,979 100
Australia (Total) 7,817,247 61.6 4,873,987 38.4 12,691,234 100
(a) The Federal Electoral Division boundaries are current as at 24 August 2017.
(b) Includes Norfolk Island.
(c) Includes Jervis Bay.


Participation

237,513 (82.4%) eligible Australians in the ACT participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Females were more likely to respond than males. In the ACT, 84.6% (123,738) of eligible females and 80.1% (110,992) of eligible males responded to the survey.

In the ACT, those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey with 90.9% of eligible Australians in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 20 to 24 at 77.5%.

Participation by Federal Electoral Divisions within the Australian Capital Territory(a)
Federal Electoral Division Total responding(b) Non-responding Total
no. Total responding(b) % no. Non-responding % no. %
Canberra(c) 121,232 83.2 24,399 16.8 145,631 100
Fenner(d) 116,281 81.6 26,196 18.4 142,477 100
Australian Capital Territory (Total) 237,513 82.4 50,595 17.6 288,108 100
Australia (Total) 12,727,920 79.5 3,278,260 20.5 16,006,180 100
(a) The Federal Electoral Division boundaries are current as at 24 August 2017.
(b) Includes response not clear and blank responses.
(c) Includes Norfolk Island.
(d) Includes Jervis Bay.


For more detailed information on response and participation, download the results spreadsheets from the Downloads.

To find out more about the characteristics of New South Wales electoral divisions see Quickstats.

Please note that the Quickstats boundaries are based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) not the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Federal Electoral Division boundaries. For further information please see Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2017 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.003)