Cameron’s own constituents against redefining marriage

May 2, 2012

In a fresh blow to the Prime Minister, a new opinion poll shows that two thirds of voters in his Witney constituency are opposed to redefining marriage. And that figure rises to 75% amongst the people who voted for David Cameron in 2010. Most of his constituents (56%) believe he is out of touch with ordinary voters on the issue.

The Whitney poll is reported in today’s Sun, which also carries an editorial saying David Cameron is failing to speak up for ordinary people: “The PM seems more concerned with fringe issues like legalising gay marriage, a policy hated by his own hitherto loyal Tory-voting constituents.”

It follows a devastating national poll that showed the Tories could lose up to 30 Parliamentary seats and 1.1 million votes at a general election if the Government presses ahead with plans to rewrite the meaning of marriage.

Colin Hart, Campaign Director of the Coalition for Marriage, said: “The polling shows the growing opposition to the Government’s proposals to redefine marriage, with the two most recent surveys showing that this is a major vote loser.

“If the PM continues to allow his equalities minister to continue to press ahead with this deeply unpopular and profoundly undemocratic proposal, then the he can expect to pay the price for this at the ballot box.

“In addition to the 487,000 ordinary people who have signed the petition, a growing number of MPs including a majority of Conservative MPs now believe that these proposals will be dropped.

“Given the mounting opposition to redefining marriage, including in his own constituency, I hope the Prime Minister will now listen to and trust the British public when they say tinkering with the meaning of marriage is not necessary and not wanted.”