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POLL: More in NJ Favor Marriage Equality Than Oppose It

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters approve of marriage equality:

Nj "Supporters of gay marriage may find New Jersey more hospitable than many other states, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today. By a 46 percent to 42 percent margin, adults in New Jerseyans favor legalizing same-sex nuptials, with 12 percent unsure.

The survey also shows that if the state Legislature passes a bill legalizing gay marriage, 52 percent would accept the decision, while 40 percent would support a constitutional amendment banning the practice.

The poll of 903 New Jersey adults was fielded November 6-10 and has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points. Half the respondents also had been interviewed before the Nov. 3 elections. The gay marriage questions were asked only after Election Day. 'New Jerseyans are more supportive of gay marriage than opposed to it, and more importantly, a majority would accept a legislative decision legalizing same-sex marriages,' said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. 'While this tests opinion outside the intensity of a campaign to ban gay marriage, as occurred in California, there is more of a ‘live and let live’ attitude in New Jersey than in many other states that have dealt with this issue.'”

Earlier this week, state senator Paul Sarlo said that the marriage equality bill pending there did not have the votes to make it through the Judiciary Committee and it wouldn't get a vote without them. Marrriage equality advocates there are working hard with the narrow window of time they have before Republican Chris Christie takes office in January.

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  1. Here we go with the polls again....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Nov 19, 2009 9:25:52 AM

  2. I don't think we'll really have the political votes until polls consistently show support above 50% - even after the margin of error.

    43-46% is still insufficient to garner support from skittish politicians.

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 19, 2009 9:26:05 AM


    You must have been asleep for the last two years if you think this is a noteworthy finding...

    Save your date ladies, but let's fight ENDA and DADT first...

    Posted by: Travis | Nov 19, 2009 9:42:12 AM

  4. Isn't this what the polls usually look like before the "they're coming after your kids" commercials start?

    Posted by: Wes | Nov 19, 2009 9:42:34 AM

  5. Nope, nope, nope. I don't trust this. The Ellen Effect and all of that.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Nov 19, 2009 9:51:46 AM

  6. can the gov sign an executive order?

    he campaigned for the gay vote last summer...

    Posted by: rick | Nov 19, 2009 10:14:05 AM

  7. Just like "Beef and Fur" stated, here we go again with these polls. Didn't we have the same optimistic numbers in Maine and in California too from these so-called polls? Then, to be defeated by anti gay marriage people...

    I have reached to believe that the US is not ready to accept gay marriage because there is still a large population of older generation that are opposed to it and that are still coming out to vote on the subject.

    Posted by: Chris in Long Beach | Nov 19, 2009 10:17:13 AM

  8. We know what the Republicans think about gay marriage. Yet many gay "leaders" call for boycotts & withholding of contributions to the Democrats because they haven't helped us fast enough.

    This is political stupidity given the reality of our situation today.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Nov 19, 2009 10:25:17 AM

  9. If this were translated into ballot box numbers, marriage equality would lose 54-46.

    Luckily, that will probably never happen in New Jersey. Unluckily, it probably won't even be an issue for a few years once the NJ congress does nothing and Christie takes power.

    Posted by: Bruno | Nov 19, 2009 1:38:56 PM

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