Poll: Voters Support Gay Marriage, They Just Don't Want It on the Ballot

Poll sends mixed message on voter support of same-sex couples

By Scott Weber
|  Saturday, Nov 7, 2009  |  Updated 11:38 AM PDT
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California voter's don't mind gays get married, they just don't want in on the 2010 ballot. That's the finding of a new LA Times / USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences poll.

Nearly 60% of voters surveyed did not want to vote again on same-sex marriage in the 2010 elections even though 51% favored marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Overall, opinions were sharply divided along political party lines. 66% of Democrats favored marriage rights while 71% of Republicans opposed them, according to the Times. Nonpartisan voters backed marriage with 59% in favor the Times said.

In terms of age, 71% of those 18-29 said they supported same-sex marriage; among those 65 and older, only 37% favored it, the Times said.

The survey, conducted by firms Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies, interviewed 1,500 registered voters in late October. The results have a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.


 

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