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Gay Marriage: Vox Pop produces interesting results – 52% No 48% Yes




In the run-up to the referendum on same-sex marriage, The Liberal will be doing a Vox Pop each week on a main shopping street of a different regionally town throughout the country.

Last weekend, our reporter was in
Navan, Co. Meath. He asked 100 random people the following questions:

Question One:
What age are you and what way will you be voting in the upcoming marriage referendum?

Question Two:
What is the main reason you are voting that way?

Answer One:

32 people were in the 20 – 30 age group

20 people said they were voting Yes
12 people said they were voting No

22 people were in the 30 – 40 age group

10 people said they were voting Yes
12 people said they were voting No

24 people were in the 40 – 50 age group

12 people said they were voting Yes
12 people said they were voting No

22 people were 50+

6 people said they were voting Yes
16 people said they were voting No

On these figures from Navan, 48% would vote Yes and 52% vote No, The critical issue is how they have come to that decision and the reasoning behind it is more surprising than you might think.

Answer Two:

In the 20 to 30 year age bracket the bulk of “Yes” voters were voting yes because they believed it was the right thing to do and they assumed all of their friends were doing so. The “No” voters in this category cited religious and family pressure reasons for voting No.

The 30 to 40 year age bracket was the most interesting and surprising grouping, while the yes voters believed in the concept of SSM, a very identifiable anti-government sentiment was expressed in the No side in this bracket. Anger with the state was the predominant emotion in the bracket and there appeared to be no appetite to do the government any favours. Two respondents said that they were prepared to wait for SSM to be introduced at a later stage, such was their opposition to seeing either Fine Gael or Labour claiming any credit for it during the next election campaign.

The 40 to 50 year age bracket was evenly split with the “Yes” side believing it was the right thing to do and the “No” side citing children’s rights, adoption, and religious issues.

In this category a number of the “No” voters pointed out that they had changed their mind on the issue since the campaign had started. In the 50+ bracket, the vast bulk of respondents said they would be voting “No” based very much on religious and family.

The “Yes” voters in this category cited family pressure and a certain vagueness about supporting the government.

It should be pointed out that over 100 people refused to engage and that the reasoning here is a summary of the general reasoning expressed.

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