Let's take a look at this weekend's YouGov poll which has a number of questions on same-sex marriage. I think it will make sad reading for those desperately trying to make same-sex marriage into a storm to bring down David Cameron.
The first question was "Which of the following issues will be important
to you in deciding how you vote at the next
election? Please tick up to three or four" Out of 17 options same-sex marriage came 12th (beating out "Other", "None of these" and "Animal Rights") in terms of importance in influencing votes and got only 7% overall (note 7% was also the number of Tories AND UKIPpers who felt this issue would influence their vote!).
These 7% were asked "In the previous question you said that the issue of same sex marriage would be important to you in deciding how you vote at the next election. Will you"
Be more likely to vote for a party that supports same-sex marriage - 58% (of Tories 28% and UKIP 24%)
Be less likely to vote for a party that supports samesex marriage - 42% (of Tories 72% and UKIP 76%)
Now by my calculations this means that, overall, 4% of the population are likely to base their vote mostly on whether a party opposes same-sex marriage or not. 5% of Tories are likely to vote against the party over marriage equality. This is hardly a major rebellion!
Next question: "Since 2005 same-sex couples have been able to
enter into civil partnerships. While civil
partnerships offer the same legal rights as
marriage, same-sex couples are not able to
Would you support or oppose changing the law
to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
A leading question, one which some critics sometimes wish was asked more often as they feel it favours the anti-equal marriage cause. This poll doesn't hold that hope up. 55% said they support changing the law over 36% opposed (consistent with most other polls). 48% of Tory voters oppose over 45% supporting. Yet we've seen those who oppose have more important issues that influence their votes. Even UKIP have "only" 53% opposed (I say only given the weight many are giving this issue).
It does go on to stress a strong support for civil partnerships being extended to heterosexuals and moderate support for a referendum (39% to 34%) but then most people support referendums when given the opportunity for most things.
It becomes clearer with every poll that the Tory right-wing "loons" are out of touch not only with the public but with the issues that their own supporters think are important. Time to focus on what they really want...