With more than two thirds of responses to the marriage equality already returned, the ‘no’ campaign would now need to win over three quarters of remaining voters to win, according to recent polls.
A win for marriage equality seems almost certain, with a recent Newspoll survey indicating that 59 per cent of people say they have voted ‘yes’, Yahoo7 News has reported.
“I think we’ve confidently won the argument,” said Tiernan Brady of the Equality Campaign.
“I think the public have made their mind up.”
Brady said the campaign against marriage equality has spent the debate trying to change the subject away from marriage, but “the Australian people have seen through it”.
Marriage equality campaigner Shirleene Robinson called the numbers of ballots already returned “a great result”.
“Australians have recognised how important this issue is to their family, friends and colleagues and are doubling down to ensure that when this campaign is over we are left with the fair, equitable and inclusive country that we all want,” she said.
Support for marriage equality in Australia has been between 60 and 65 per cent for the last five years, and polls have showed similar levels of support throughout the postal survey period.
Activists have reminded marriage equality supporters to avoid complacency and ensure they return their ballots on time.
The marriage equality survey closes on November 7, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics recommending voters post their ballots by October 27.