Poll watch

Above the Fold

4th December 2017

By Alanna Duffield

Australian public favours same-sex marriage in overwhelming majority vote
Same-sex marriage receives an overwhelming vote of favour by the Australian public after 61.6 per cent of its citizens voted for its legalisation.

Following the results of the non-binding postal vote, the country’s long dispute around its marriage laws will finally be debated for amendments by the Senate.

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the people of Australia “voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love”.

American millennials want third political party
A strong majority of American millennials feel that neither the Republican or Democratic parties represent the people of America and feel that a third party is needed, a poll by NBC News/GenForward has found.

Almost three quarters (71 per cent) of young people across the US feel unrepresented by the country’s two leading political parties, with 63 per cent disapproving of the way Donald Trump is handling his presidency.

With 65 per cent of millennials believing the country’s politics is disappointing overall, the Democratic party appears to also be falling short of young adult’s expectations.

Nine out of 10 Brits condemn corporate tax avoidance
A survey by Christian Aid has confirmed that nine out of 10 people believe tax avoidance by large corporate companies is morally wrong.

The poll also found that 85 per cent of Brits feel it is too easy for big business firms to get away with not paying their fair share.

This overwhelming majority highlights the growing pressure on a government which is struggling to tackle the issue, particularly following the Paradise Papers scandal.

UK confidence in Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations plummet
A poll conducted by ORB International has revealed that 61 per cent of Brits are unimpressed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations.

A lack of British confidence in the withdrawal of the UK from the EU was originally at 46 per cent, but has since shot up in a matter of months.

For the first time in over a year, more people in the UK believe they will end up being worse off after Britain’s break from Europe, according to the opinion tracker.