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Abbott Campaigned For 'No' On Same-Sex Marriage Survey, But Most Of His Warringah Electorate Said 'Yes'

The results from Warringah show Tony Abbott is out of touch with his people.

15/11/2017 11:17 AM AEDT
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Tony Abbott: "I thank the 4.7 million Australians who supported marriage between a man and a woman".

Leading 'no' campaign figure Tony Abbott has not only experienced defeat in the same-sex marriage poll, but he has also proven astonishingly out-of-touch with his own electorate.

Members of Abbott's electorate of Warringah are more resoundingly in favour of same-sex marriage than they are of him, the survey results reveal.

The people of Sydney's northern beaches seat of Warringah have resoundingly rejected the anti-gay marriage sentiments of their local member with 75 percent of respondents in support of the 'yes' result on the same-sex marriage survey.

Abbott, who lobbied prominently for the 'no' campaign as recently as on Tuesday wrote in The Australian that supporters of traditional marriage would be "disappointed, heartbroken" should the 'yes' vote get up.

That feeling may well touch closer to home for Abbott.

This is the fourth strongest 'yes' result in the state, surprising still for what is traditionally a conservative electorate.

And beyond that, the 'yes' campaign received more support than Abbott himself received in the last election.

In 2016, the two-party preferred result for Abbott was 61.09 per cent of the vote. The 'yes' vote for same-sex marriage was 75 percent.

In 2016, Abbott achieved 53,346 votes. The 'yes' response received 64,999 returns.

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