In a surprising new poll, the number of people in New Zealand opposed to same-sex marriages is on the rise. This comes after the country’s legislation continues to move toward complete legalization of marriage for all Kiwis.
According to the the Herald DigiPoll, some 48 percent of New Zealand citizens believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. That is an increase of 7.5 percent from an earlier poll in June last year.
While support for marriage equality in the country remains above the opposition, the tightening of figures means it could affect current legislation that is being pushed through government.
The poll itself, however, was conducted at the height of the lobbying for and against marriage equality in the country, which experts have reportedly said could have skewed the results slightly based on which group was doing more active lobbying of average citizens.