Regional people in New South Wales gave the thumbs-up to marriage equality, with every regional electorate returning a ‘Yes’ vote in the November plebiscite, according to an analysis by the Western Research Institute.
By comparison, 40% of metropolitan and peri-metropolitan electorates (18/30) returned a negative majority on marriage equality.
Challenging stereotypes about conservative rural values, a higher proportion of residents of electorates classified by WRI as regional voted ‘Yes’ than residents of metropolitan electorates.
While 60.7% of voters in regional electorates in NSW supported marriage equality, only 56% were in favour in metropolitan NSW electorates.
Dividing electorates roughly by ‘inland’ and ‘coastal’, coastal electorates were more inclined to support marriage equality with 62.9% in favour, while a clear majority of 58.6% of inland electors backed the removal of discrimination from marriage.
Regional Electorates Voting Marriage Equality Vote
Federal Electorates NSW Yes
New England 52.5