ICM/Sunday Telegraph poll March 2012
In the latest poll for the Sunday Telegraph, ICM asked the public for their views on gay marriage. The research reveals that 45% of the public support moves to legalise gay marriage, while 36% oppose it and 19% say they ‘don’t know’. Meanwhile, just over half (55%) say that if gay marriage is legalised, churches should have the right to refuse to marry gay couples in church, compared to 26% who disagree, and another 18% who don’t know.

The poll also finds that almost four in five (78%) agree that “the government has other more important things to deal with, this should not get priority in parliament”. This is in contrast to the 14% who say that “the government should prioritise the bill that allows gay couples to marry so that it becomes law before the general election in 2015”.

When asked about students about same-sex marriage in schools, half (49%) say that pupils should not be taught that it is exactly the same as a marriage between a man and a woman, compared to 33% who say that pupils should be taught that it is the same, and 18% who say they don’t know.   

ICM interviewed a nationally representative sample of British adults online between the 7th and 8th of March 2012. Data has been weighted to match the demographic profile of the British public.

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