A poll of practising Christians on behalf of Premier Media Group.
Date Published: 04 Nov 2011
Categories: Politics | Public and communities | Social | UK
The Conservative party risks losing Christian votes if it goes ahead with legalising gay marriage, a recent survey conducted by ComRes, on behalf of Premier Christian Media Trust has shown.
More than half of respondents (57%) say they would be less likely to vote Conservative.
Revd Colin Coward from the gay rights group Changing Attitudes tells Premier's Sarah Johnston the loss of votes is unlikely to change policy.
The ComRes survey has also revealed 83% of those polled were opposed to changing the law.
This view was particularly strong amongst the older generation, with 90% of over 65s saying they were against the plans.
Revd Paul Dawson from the campaign group Reform tells Premier's Sarah Johnston he welcomes the figures
However 26% of young Christians aged between 18-34 say they support legalising same sex marriage.
Peter Tatchell, a gay rights campaigner, tells Premier's Sarah Johnston people of all faiths should be supporting this change.
Premier has contacted the Conservative Party and is waiting for a response.
Methodology: ComRes surveyed 544 UK Christians on Cpanel between 25th and 31st October 2011 by online questionnaire. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables available at www.comres.co.uk