IELTS Table - Same Sex Marriage

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The table shows the proportion of people in England who agree with same-sex marriage from 1989 to 2013..

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


Version 1

The table provides data on the proportion of people of five differing belief systems in agreement with same-sex marriage in England over five time periods.

Overall, support for same-gender marriage increased more than five-fold between 1989 and 2013, especially over the last five years, with those claiming no religion as the most tolerant from beginning to end, while those of a belief different to
Christianity remaining the most conservative.

Between 1989 and 2007, support for same-sex marriage increased almost four-fold for people of all belief systems, with the highest support among those reporting no religion and Non-Christians showing the lowest at just one in five. Interestingly, the gap in support between religions also increased over said period, with the people of other religions between 2 and 3 times more likely to support same- sex marriage as Non-Christians in 2007.

By 2013 support among all denominations increased the fastest in the shortest time. The proportion of Christians in agreement almost doubled to between 50 and 60%, while the number of Non-Christians and those without a religion increasing to around a third and three quarters respectively. The gap between all religions had further increased by that time.

Version 2

The table provides data on the proportion of people of five differing belief systems in agreement with same-sex marriage in England over five time periods.

Overall, support for same-gender marriage increased more than five-fold between 1989 and 2013, especially over the last five years, with those claiming no religion as the most tolerant from beginning to end, while those of a belief different to Christianity remaining the most conservative.

From 1989 to 2007, support for marriage between people of the same sex remained the highest among the no-religion percentile, increasing from 1 in 5 to an almost two-third majority, while that among non-Christian stayed the lowest and rose the least to 19%. Of Christians in agreement, backing increased from around a tenth to around a third by 2007.

By 2013, the proportion of people agreeing with same-sex marriage had increased the fastest. Those without religion remained the highest at ¾ of all respondents in support, and non-Christians the lowest at around a third, whereas support among Christians almost doubled in that time.

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