On November 15 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

On November 15 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The survey asked more than 16 million eligible Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view, 61.6 per cent supported changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry and 38.4 per cent did not.

All states and territories recorded a majority Yes response.

12,727,920 million people participated in the voluntary survey – representing 79.5 per cent of the more than 16 million eligible Australians.

Releasing the results, Australian Statistician, David W. Kalisch, said the participation rate was high for a voluntary survey.

“This high response rate far exceeds expectations and compares extremely favourably with other voluntary exercises conducted around the world thanks to the strong interest and engagement of eligible Australians in this topic,” he said.

South Australia voted YES: 62.5 per cent, NO: 37.5 per cent with a 79.7 per cent participation rate.

The official statistics, including a count of responses (Yes, No and Response Not Clear) by Federal Electoral Division, State/Territory and National, are available from: marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/results.