FORMER Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget have revealed they will be backing the Yes campaign in the postal survey on gay marriage.

Mr Hawke is the latest high profile Australian to back the Yes campaign, which received a blow today with a new poll showing support for gay marriage among voters has taken a dive.

The Equality Campaign released the video of Mr Hawke and his wife filling out their ballot, saying like millions of Australians the couple just wanted to "get this done".

"Our campaign is delighted to have the support of one of the greatest Australian Prime Ministers because he is a man who has always believed in a fair go and this is simply what our campaign is about," campaign spokesman Alex Greenwich said.

 

EARLIER: AUSTRALIANS have shifted slightly on same-sex marriage, with support for change falling from 63 to 57 per cent as bickering broke out over advertising tactics.

Support for the No campaign has risen from 30 to 34 per cent over the past month after raising doubts over the divisive reform, signalling its potential to mobilise voters to stage a surprise victory in the national postal survey, reports The Australian.

A special Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, ­reveals a significant fall in support for same-sex marriage among ­Coalition voters, slipping from 55 to 47 per cent after millions of households received their voting papers.

The poll revealed that 15 per cent of voters have ­already cast their ballots while another 67 per cent say they will "definitely" vote and 7 per cent will "probably" do so by the deadline of November 7.

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