A new study has found that almost three in five Britons believe civil partnerships should be available to all couples, as opposed to just those in same-sex relationships.
The news comes at a time when a public petition calling on the Government to extend civil partnerships to such couples has attracted the signatures of more than 76,000 people.
The survey, which was carried out by research consultancy Populus in collaboration with the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign group, quizzed more than 2,000 people and found that 57 per cent back the calls.
Furthermore, the study revealed that 20 per cent believe that civil partnerships should be scrapped altogether, while 24 per cent had no view on the matter.
Matt Hawkins, campaign manager for Equal Civil Partnerships, said: “This survey adds to the mound of evidence demonstrating that giving every couple the option of getting a civil partnership would be the popular and fair thing to do.
“Over 76,000 people have already signed a petition calling on the Government to extend civil partnerships.
“MPs from all parties support our cause, and countries such as France, Sweden, and New Zealand and regions of the British Isles like the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, and Isle of Man have already shown that mixed-sex civil partnerships are easy to introduce and warmly welcomed,” he said.