The simple yes-no question dividing Australia's suburbs

Updated 0358 GMT (1158 HKT) October 20, 2017

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Few issues have divided the Australian public in recent times as much as the vote on same-sex marriage.

As of mid-October, almost 11 million people, or about 67.5% of registered voters, had returned their surveys ahead of the November 7 deadline.
Recent polls suggest most are saying "yes."
Though for some, the only answer will ever be "no."
CNN went to two areas of Melbourne, Victoria, where polls show strong support for -- and against -- legislative change.
We asked people how they'd be voting and why.
Here's what they said.
"I say no!" says taxi driver Wally Nagas, who's gesticulating wildly beside his car at a cab rank in the suburb of Broadmeadows, outside Melbourne, Australia.
"The Muslim doesn't accept it, the Christianity doesn't accept it and even the Jews, they don't accept it," the 64-year-old says. "No one in the Earth accepts it in a religion."
Nagas works in Broadmeadows, a working class suburb in the Melbourne electorate of Calwell, where 53% support same-sex marriage, according to an ABC poll of almost 800,000 nationwide conducted by Vote Compass last year.
The area has a strong manufacturing industry, high amount of public housing and a diverse mix of ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Around 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, in the electorate of Melbourne Ports, the same survey showed 79% were in favor of same-sex marriage -- equal with Sydney, and the highest level of support in the country.
Port Melbourne is a beachside suburb within the electorate, which in recent years has transformed from a former industrial hub to a haven of expensive apartments, restaurants and cafes.
Civil engineering student Sarah Abdalamer works in Broadmeadows and says she'll be voting "yes."
Inside the Broadmeadows shopping mall, Sarah Abdalamer, 24, said she was voting in favor of changing the law.
"I actually agree with it," said Abdalamer, a Muslim who works at a make-up stall in the shopping center and is studying civil engineering.
She lives with her parents in Roxburgh Park, a nearby suburb with a high concentration of Muslim families, and believes there should be equality for all.
"Why not?" she says, "Everyone should be free to make their own choices so I don't mind at all."
"I think my parents feel the same way," she adds, "but maybe they are more laid back than others in our community."