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How Australia voted on same-sex marriage

Rainbow coloured flags are seen in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Rainbow coloured flags are seen in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, November 14, 2017. AAP Image - Lukas Coch

AUSTRALIA has voted Yes to same-sex marriage with 61.6 per cent per cent in favour and 38.4 per cent voting No.

There were 7,817,247 votes for Yes and 4,873,987 for No. A further 36,686 votes, or 0.2 per cent, were unclear.

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result over 60 per cent, with the exception of New South Wales, where just 57.8 per cent voted Yes.

Out of 150 Federal Electoral Divisions, 133 recorded a majority Yes response, and 17 of the divisions recorded a majority No response.

Former PM Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah recorded a 75 per cent Yes vote, while Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate of Wentworth was a high Yes at 80.8 per cent. They were the top two Liberal-held Yes electorates in NSW.

The Sydney electorates of Labor frontbenchers Tony Burke and Jason Clare were among the highest with a No vote. Blaxland in western Sydney, held by Mr Clare, was the highest No voting electorate at 73.9 per cent.

Melbourne and Sydney are tied as the highest Yes voting electorates in the country at 83.7 per cent.

The ACT was the highest Yes voting state with 74 per cent to 26 per cent No. Victoria was second, with 64.9 per cent voting Yes and 35.1 per cent voted no. Western Australia was 63.7 per cent Yes and 36.3 per cent No and Tasmania was close behind with 63.6 per cent Yes and 36.4 per cent No.

South Australia was next with 62.5 per cent Yes and 37.5 per cent No, followed by Queensland with 60.7 per cent Yes and 39.3 per cent No.

The Northern Territory was close behind on 60.6 per cent Yes and 39.4 per cent No, with NSW bringing up the rear on 57.8 per cent Yes and 42.2 per cent No.

Nearly eight out of ten Australians responded to the survey, or 12,727,920 people, a rate of 79.5 per cent.

All age groups had higher than 70 per cent participation, with older voters having a slightly higher turnout.

Those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey, with 89.6 per cent of eligible Australians in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 71.9 per cent.

But the youngest group of eligible Australians (those aged 18-19 years) were more likely (78.2 per cent) to participate than any other age group under the age of 45 years.

More women participated than men, with 81.6 per cent (6,644,192) of eligible females and 77.3 per cent (5,980,168) of eligible males participating in the survey.

Nationally, 81.6 per cent (6,644,192) of eligible females and 77.3 per cent (5,980,168) of eligible males participated in the survey.

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