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Poll: Majority of Iowans Oppose a Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO


A new poll is bad news for those pushing for an amendment banning same-sex marriage there, the Des Moines Register reports:

IowaThe poll found that 38 percent favor a legislative initiative to pass a constitutional amendment, while 56 percent are against. Six percent aren’t sure. The findings show little movement on the issue from February 2011, when 40 percent of those surveyed supported passing an amendment, while 54 percent were opposed...

...Age makes a difference, although support for a constitutional ban fails to reach a majority in any age group. Thirty-four percent of Iowans under 35 support a ban. Among Iowans 55 and older, the figure rises to 43 percent. Political affiliation makes a difference, too. Sixty-four percent of Republicans favor a ban, but just 35 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats. GOP candidates frequently say they believe marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman. Many Democrats see marriage for gays and lesbians as a civil rights matter. The poll, which surveyed 800 adults Feb. 12-15, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Watch Des Moines' WHO go over the numbers and talk with One Iowa's Molly Tafoya,


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  1. Yay for Iowa. Yay, yay, yay.

    You tend to find acceptance in the unlikeliest of states. California could learn a thing or two from Iowa when it comes to GLBT rights.

    Posted by: Bruce | Feb 28, 2012 7:53:40 AM

  2. I'm right with you, Bruce. Go Iowa!

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 28, 2012 8:16:59 AM

  3. I agree -- Yay for Iowa! And this is how it is going to look more and more. The longer we are out and proud, the more bigotry and hatred will die off. And all the delaying tactics about "let the people vote on civil rights" (I'm looking at you, Chris Christie...) won't fly any more. Where will the bigots turn to justify their bigotry? It's going to be cold out there at the Klan rally all by yourself...

    Posted by: kit | Feb 28, 2012 9:18:44 AM

  4. Surprise, equality doesn't make the sky fall and people, aside from the die-hard bigots, move on to things that actually affect their lives. And who are the die-hard bigots? Mostly old Republicans. Never would have guessed that one.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 28, 2012 9:43:11 AM

  5. but isn't that just Des Moines? rural areas are almost always more conservative. and if it comes down to a vote will the people who polled against the amendment actually get off their arses and vote? california proved that the christian bigots are much more motivated to actually get up and vote against something they see as a direct affront to their way of life

    Posted by: DanSwon | Feb 28, 2012 9:55:06 AM

  6. @Danswon: The newspaper is based in Des Moines, but the poll was done across Iowa by land line and cell phone calls, weighted by sex and age to reflect state demographics.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 28, 2012 10:58:50 AM

  7. The longer Iowa has marriage equality, the harder it will be overturn it at the polls.

    With luck Democrats will maintain their narrow control of the Iowa State Senate and kick any chance at a vote farther down the road.

    Posted by: searunner | Feb 28, 2012 11:09:11 AM


    It doesn't even matter at this point if the Republicans in Iowa get both houses in the fall (they won't). They still have to pass it in TWO consecutive sessions. And by then, these polls numbers would have skyrocketed on our side. Especially since they have marriage equality already and can see that the sky is not falling.

    They're done.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 28, 2012 11:14:49 AM

  9. @ Tyler, I know that. I believe being able to push this back to 2017, which is what I think would be the soonest if Democrats retain control after this election, the issue will be completely dead in Iowa.

    Posted by: searunner | Feb 28, 2012 11:27:53 AM

  10. Not to mention too that Perry v Brown will set precedent and make it impossible to overturn.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 28, 2012 12:33:43 PM

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