{ Poll backs ‘traditional’ families }

It is encouraging to see that many people still believe in traditional marriages and families. The following poll results were reported by The Press Association.

More than half of the population believe marriage is better for society and children, according to a survey.

The new study among people in the Republic of Ireland found around six out of 10 people felt, in general, it was better for children if their parents were husband and wife. The opinion poll for the Iona Institute, a pro-religion and pro-marriage organisation, said some 18% disagreed and 21% had no opinion.

More than half of those quizzed, 53%, also believed marriage was better for society than couples living together, while 92% said a child has a right to a father and a mother where possible. It also revealed Fine Gael voters were most supportive of marriage, followed by supporters of Fianna Fail, Labour, Sinn Fein and finally the Greens. The institute said the findings are significant with pressure growing to give the rights of married couples to cohabiting couples, to allow adoption by same-sex couples and to hold a constitutional referendum on children’s rights.

Source: The Press Association

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