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PM defends gay marriage

David Cameron has defended his plan to legalise gay marriage saying 'I'm a great supporter of marriage'. MPs have backed the plan by 400 votes to 175 in the Commons yesterday.

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Tory gay marriage plans 'more likely to lose party votes'

The Conservative's bid to legalise same-sex marriage looks set to lose the party more votes than it will gain over the move, an ITV News Index Poll carried out by ComRes suggests.

Of those surveyed:

  • 34% believe it makes the Conservative Party less appealing to them as a voter.
  • 15% said the move makes the Tories more appealing.
  • 66% felt it was driven by David Cameron's desire to make the party look modern.

Men and those aged 65 and over are more likely to say it makes the Conservative Party less appealing to them, while women and people aged 18-34 are more likely to say it actually makes the party a more appealing voting prospect, according to the poll's results.

ComRes interviewed 2,050 British adults online between 1-3 February.

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