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New Poll Reveals 51 Percent in NY Support Marriage Equality

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows New Yorker supporting marriage equality by 51 percent. This data is similar to polling data released by Siena Research Institute in April which showed 53 percent approval.

Ny Quinnipiac reports:

New York State voters support 51 - 41 percent, with 8 percent undecided, a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is the first poll by the independent Quinnipiac University showing support for same-sex marriage in New York State, where voters split 46 - 46 percent on this issue in a May 14 survey and opposed same-sex marriage 55 - 37 percent in an April 15, 2004, poll.

In this latest survey, women support same-sex marriage 58 - 35 percent, while men oppose it by a narrow 48 - 44 percent margin. Same-sex marriage wins 65 - 28 percent from Democrats and 52 - 42 percent from independent voters, while Republicans oppose it 66 - 27 percent.

The proposal wins 52 - 42 percent support from white voters and 55 - 39 percent from Hispanics. Black voters split with 43 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed.

Voters who attend religious services at least once a week are opposed 63 - 31 percent, while those who attend less frequently support same-sex marriages 61 - 31 percent. Support also rises with income and education level. New York State voters support same-sex civil unions 68 - 25 percent, with support from all groups, including 55 - 37 percent among Republicans. Overall support was 65 - 27 percent May 14.

Governor David Paterson has promised a vote this session on marriage equality. Yesterday, he convened an emergency session of the embattled State Senate and said  he would continue to do so until all the issues voters wanted covered were discharged. He mentioned that a "civil rights" measure was on the agenda.

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  1. Inch by inch, step by step we are chipping away at the bigots.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Jun 23, 2009 1:34:05 PM

  2. Interesting, those numbers for black voters have improved what...5 or 6 points since the last Quinnipiac poll.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 23, 2009 4:11:20 PM

  3. I remember before Prop 8 was passed in California, there were similar surveys indicating support for marriage equality.

    I hope and pray the activists in New York educate all type of people, including the latino and african american population, on how being GBLT is just part of "being" human. And equality as put out by our US Constitution demands we have the same rights as everyone elese.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 23, 2009 4:55:27 PM

  4. Yet another polls that dispels the notion that Latinos are less progressive than Whites on gay marriage. This is the latest poll to show Latinos MORE supportive of same-sex marriage than whites.

    Posted by: Javier | Jun 23, 2009 10:07:28 PM

  5. Javier, WAS there a notion that Latinos were less progressive than whites on same-sex issues? I always thought it was popularly believed that the two were equally inclined (maybe I'm wrong).

    Posted by: JT | Jun 24, 2009 12:22:36 AM

  6. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ

    Posted by: shadow_man | Jun 24, 2009 11:21:48 AM

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