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50 Percent of New Hampshire Residents 'Strongly Oppose' Repealing Marriage Equality Law: Poll

New HAmpshire's same-sex marriage law, passed in 2009, will be on the agenda for discussion of repeal when Republicans convene in January, but a new poll shows little support from the general public for doing so, WMUR reports:

New hampshireThe WMUR Granite State poll shows that only 27 percent of New Hampshire adults support repealing same-sex marriage, while 50 percent strongly oppose repeal. The percentages are similar to a poll asking the same question in February.

The poll of 500 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted by phone from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

"Strong opponents of repealing same-sex marriage continue to outnumber strong proponents by more than 2 to 1," said Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center. "The New Hampshire public is not showing any strong desire to repeal this law."


The survey showed that 44 percent of New Hampshire adults are more likely to vote against a candidate who is in favor of repealing same-sex marriage, while 14 percent said they were less likely to support a candidate who opposes repealing the law.

Just 8 percent of residents said they thought legalizing same-sex marriage had a major effect on the state, while 38 percent said they thought it had a minor effect, compared to 47 percent who said it had no effect.

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  1. That headline would be stronger and read better if it said "Only 27 percent of New Hamphire Adults Support Repeal Gay Marriage Law"

    Try some spin for our side. LOL

    Posted by: Will | Oct 14, 2011 8:18:21 AM

  2. The best advertisement for equality tends to be equality. Surprise, the sky doesn't fall, and most people--aside from the NOM-types and the Republican bigots--move on. The lack of will for repeal will only increase as time goes on, so stand strong NH.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 14, 2011 10:29:30 AM

  3. The administrative headaches of a repeal will be a mess - if it ever gets to that. And talk about "taking away" someone's rights...this would be cause for revolution.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 14, 2011 10:47:48 AM

  4. That fifty percent includes *so many* Republicans. Time to stop the knee-jerk liberalism and start to be genuinely inclusive, the way that you insist others be?

    Posted by: Fifty Percent! | Oct 14, 2011 11:08:15 AM

  5. "That fifty percent includes *so many* Republicans."

    Congratulations on making up fake facts out of thin air! It's so much easier than having to deal with real facts.

    "Time to stop the knee-jerk liberalism and start to be genuinely inclusive, the way that you insist others be?"

    You mean like the knee-jerk Republican legislators who are going to be introducing repeal of marriage equality, despite what their own state wants? That kind of inclusivity?

    Sorry to have to tell you this, but Republicans are still evil and you're still a fool who votes against your own interests if you are one.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 14, 2011 12:30:29 PM

  6. "Time to stop the knee-jerk liberalism . . . "

    It's not knee-jerk liberalism, it's facts. The repeal effort, if it happens, will be driven by right-wing Republicans. Not even disputable. That isn't to say that all Republicans will be supporting repeal (clearly they aren't), or that some true-conservative Republicans aren't allies, but marriage equality in NH is not threatened by liberals. It was passed by liberals.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 14, 2011 2:00:03 PM

  7. @Ernie: Well said.

    Posted by: Moonie | Oct 14, 2011 7:59:56 PM

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