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An extensive new poll suggests that not taking action on the ‘issue’ of marriage equality could cost the government the next election.

The Equality Campaign (TEC) today released the results of its latest Reach Tel Poll, revealing that almost 40% of voters in Coalition electorates are likely to abandon the Government at the election if they continue to block a vote for marriage equality in this term of parliament.

“Every one of the Coalition seats surveyed backed Marriage Equality with an average of 61% of the electorates in support of marriage equality and with some as high as 77%,” said Tiernan Brady, Executive Director at The Equality Campaign.

“The clear message is that Australians overwhelmingly back marriage equality, and voters in Liberal & Nationals Party seats want the Government to get on with the job of making equality a reality for every Australian,” added Anna Brown, Co-Chair of Australians for Equality.

“This level of support reflects what the Equality Campaign has been hearing in the dozens of community forums we have been holding over the past month in rural and regional Australia. Marriage equality is an issue in every town and community across the country,” Mr Brady said.

The Poll also revealed that 66% of voters in Coalition seats believe its important the government resolve marriage equality by a vote in the parliament this year, with almost 20% saying this is very important.

“The Polling represents the strongest support for marriage equality we have ever seen in Coalition held seats,” said Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality.

“The clear message from these electorates is they want the Coalition Government to deliver a reform that celebrates fairness and equality, and to do so without any further delay.”

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