Gay marriage driving Tory voters away, new poll finds

Almost three in ten voters say David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy makes them less likely to vote Conservative.

The ComRes poll, which surveyed over 2000 people, brings worrying news for the Prime Minister ahead of the local and European parliament elections next week.

Cameron’s decision to redefine marriage is also disliked by one in four 18-24 year olds.

And nearly one in three of those who voted Conservative in 2010 say the policy makes them less likely to vote Conservative next week.

Scepticism

The poll also unveiled a tangible scepticism about the Prime Minister’s motives as six in ten believe he introduced same-sex marriage to make the Conservative Party “look trendy”.

When asked about George Osborne’s claim that the introduction of same-sex marriage would help the Party win the next election, nearly half of those surveyed disagreed.

Freedom

Over half of the voters who were polled don’t believe that Cameron has the “determination and powers to block any proposals from Europe which undermine” the public’s freedom.

Colin Hart, Campaign Director of the Coalition for Marriage, commented:

“This poll is further proof that David Cameron’s undemocratic policy is still causing considerable electoral pain to the Conservative Party and is driving voters to Nigel Farage and UKIP.

Cost

“Despite repeated statements by those around David Cameron that opposition to this policy would simply melt away, it remains strong and is not limited to ‘older voters’ with a quarter of young people seeing it as a stumbling block to voting Conservative.

“As the Prime Minister was warned at the time, redefining marriage without any mandate from the British people and denying Parliament a real say on the plans would cost huge numbers of votes.

“This poll finds the policy is ensuring that the 2014 local and Euro elections will be even worse than last year’s local elections, with a scrap for second place between Labour and the Conservatives.”

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