70% endorse same-sex marriage

Another step along the wayParliaments have already made the decision for Scotland, Wales and England, but a new Ipsos-MORI survey of public opinion shows the debate has brought the people with it – with a majority backing across the political spectrum for same-sex marriage.

No surprise that three in four Liberal Democrat and Labour voters back the measure, perhaps, but support among Conservative voters runs at 61% and even staunchly anti- same-sex marriage party UKIP is out of step with its voters, 54% of whom back its introduction.

The more marked divide is on age: 88 per cent of 18 to 34 year-olds surveyed said same-sex couples should be free to marry, while this falls to 43 per cent of those aged over 65.