Cory Bernardi has said he doesn’t believe the polls showing that around 60 per cent of voters have supported marriage equality.
The Conservative leader said he believes people are lying to conceal their No votes due to “political correctness”, according to The Guardian.
“I’m not even conceding defeat quite frankly,” said Bernardi on Sunday.
“I think there are a great many people who are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of changing the marriage act.”
He said that people felt pressured by political correctness to say they had voted Yes when they had actually voted No.
More than 70 per cent of marriage survey forms have now been returned, and polls of voters have continued to show a clear majority say they have voted Yes.
This is consistent with Australian polls over the last few years indicating support of 60 to 65 per cent for marriage equality.
With voting closing on November 7, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recommends voters return their survey forms this week.