The electorates of vocally anti–LGBTI MPs Tony Abbott and Eric Abetz were among the biggest supporters of marriage equality in the postal survey.
The results of the survey were released this morning, showing clear support for marriage equality from all states and territories and all age groups.
Tony Abbott’s electorate of Warringah saw the tenth-highest support for marriage equality in the country and the fourth-highest in New South Wales, with 75 per cent of participants voting Yes.
Eric Abetz’s electorate of Denison showed the highest support in Tasmania for marriage equality, with 73.8 per cent voting Yes.
With polls throughout the survey period predicting a Yes victory, Abbott had claimed that a No vote of over 40 per cent would be a “moral victory” for his side.
The results this morning showed that just 38 per cent of voters around the country said No to marriage equality, and only 25 per cent in his own electorate.
Anticipating the outcome, Abbott this week told No campaigners to “keep the faith” and prepare to continue fighting against marriage equality after the survey results were announced.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there had been “an overwhelming participation rate and an overwhelming Yes vote”.
He said the government will move to legislate marriage reform before the end of the year.
“Many people—a minority, obviously—voted No,” said Turnbull.
“But we are a fair nation… and everyone has had their say.
“We must respect the voice of the people. We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to use. It is unequivocal.
“It is our job now to get on with it.”